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Clark Hill Attorney P. Douglas Folk to Present at the American Council of Engineering Company’s 2014 Annual Convention and Legislative Summit – April 28

April 27, 2014


Clark Hill Attorney P. Douglas Folk will be presenting at the American Council of Engineering Company’s (ACEC) 2014 Annual Convention and Legislative Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC.

Folk will address the National Association of Engineering Council Executives (NAECE) at 3:30 pm EDT on Monday, April 28, in a talk entitled “Indemnification, Certificates of Merit, and Other Hot Legal Issues – State Legislative Approaches.” The members of NAECE are the Executive Directors of 51 US member organizations affiliated with ACEC National, as well as the Executive Directors of several related international organizations. Folk was invited to make this presentation in recognition of his ongoing service on the Legal Counsel Forum and Risk Management Committee of ACEC.

This talk will feature Folk’s government relations work since 1997 in supporting the legislative initiatives of ACEC of Arizona, and an overview of new legislation enacted elsewhere in the US through the efforts of ACEC member organizations. He will discuss the challenges associated with mobilizing funding and support for government relations and lobbying efforts, and the process of guiding a bill through the legislative process. Folk will provide several examples of our success in obtaining passage of laws involving the statute of repose, certificate of merit, prompt pay, statutory immunity, peer review privilege, and indemnification. Folk will provide guidance for state member organizations and association executives for undertaking legislative initiatives in their own jurisdictions.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) is the voice of America’s engineering industry. Council members – numbering more than 5,000 firms representing more than 500,000 employees throughout the country – are engaged in a wide range of engineering works that propel the nation’s economy, and enhance and safeguard America’s quality of life. These works allow Americans to drink clean water, enjoy a healthy life, take advantage of new technologies, and travel safely and efficiently. The Council’s mission is to contribute to America’s prosperity and welfare by advancing the business interests of member firms.

Folk serves business clients in architecture, engineering, geomatics, landscape architecture, construction, and other technology-driven industries as a vigorous advocate and trusted advisor. By drawing on his extensive experience in business transactions and commercial litigation, he developed practice specialties in construction law, professional liability defense, contracts and negotiations, risk management, administrative law, and government relations.

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