May 2020 Roundtable – Webinar

Leading Through a Crisis: Contractual
Implications | Covid-19 Pandemic

Webinar | Friday, May 8 | 12 Noon CDT


We are now a full two months into the Covid-19 crisis and as our E&C industry has been disrupted so too have our contracts. Never before in our industry has it been so important to understand the contract. Hear from legal experts – – in-house counsel, outside counsel and commercial leaders as to how the industry is grappling through complex legal issues that the Courts will be dealing with for years to come. Contractual rights and communication amongst the parties is paramount in working toward reasonable solutions in managing through this crisis. Join us as we discuss:

Force Majeure | Contractual Rights | Contractual Notices |
Delay & Disruption | Client Push Back


A special thanks to HKA Global, Inc for supporting our digital event.

Caryn Fuller
Director, HKA Global, Inc
Moderator | 713-396-1533 |



Caryn Fuller has over twenty years of professional experience in engineering, construction, project management, project controls management and construction claims analysis. Caryn is a project/program leader with a proven track record in leading high-profile large-scale global construction initiatives with a focus on cost control, scheduling and reporting. Caryn manages HKA’s Houston practice and currently works with clients (both contractors and owners) involved with disputes and litigation. Prior to joining HKA, Caryn worked for KBR. While at KBR she was the Project Controls Department Manager in KBR’s Chicago office and the Senior Project Controls Manager from FEED thru EPC on the successful $1.3B Koch Enid Fertilizer Expansion in Enid, OK. Caryn is an energetic and confident leader and communicator who excels at motivating high-performing teams to collaborate towards common goals and successful project conclusion. She holds a BS and ME in Civil Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Caryn is actively involved with the Rice Global E&C Forum. She previously served as the Co-Chair and Chair of the Financial Committee and currently serves the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee.

Michael “Mike” Cortez
Andrews Myers | Attorneys at Law | 713-850-8626 |

Mike Cortez’s practice is focused on construction related transactions, including large, complex energy procurement and construction projects, design and construction contracts, project risk management and lien and bond claims. He has represented owners, developers, architects, contractors and EPC’s on a wide variety of construction projects including oil and gas, multi-family, industrial, manufacturing and government services. Mike has significant experience representing clients in drafting and negotiating complex construction contracts under multiple project delivery systems.

Mike served as outsourced project counsel with the largest engineering and construction company in the United States, where he negotiated downstream procurement and service agreements, subcontracts and financial security agreements, related to a large, complex international LNG project for a leading global energy company. He has also served as in-house construction counsel for a substantial domestic and international portfolio of multifamily and mixed use projects for a prominent real estate development company in Houston.

Michael Dailey
Vice President
Air Liquide USA LLC | 713-624-8719 |

Michael Dailey is Vice President and General Counsel of Air Liquide USA LLC, a role he assumed in July 2016. In that role, Michael and his team are responsible for advising Air Liquide’s Large Industries, Electronics, Advanced Technologies, Hydrogen, and Engineering and Construction businesses in the U.S. on all legal matters, including corporate governance, commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, procurement, real estate, disputes, labor and employment, and compliance. In Michael’s previous role at Air Liquide, he served as the General Counsel of Air Liquide’s Engineering and Construction business activity in the Americas.

Before joining Air Liquide, Michael worked in the Legal department at BP, advising its Global Projects Organization on major projects (projects > $250 million) in the Gulf of Mexico. Prior to BP, Michael worked in the Energy and Infrastructure Projects practice area for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom LLP in Houston. He also worked in Project Controls for Honeywell before and during his time in law school.

Michael holds a BS in Construction Science from Texas A&M University in College Station and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center.

Brian Gaudet
Kilpatrick Townsend | 281-809-4082 |

Brian Gaudet’s practice encompasses all aspects of the project and construction cycle from contract document preparation and review to litigation and dispute resolution of related claims. Brian is typically engaged to provide effective contract document preparation, creation, and negotiation to structure relationships that will put our clients in a position to handle the inevitable challenges that arise throughout the course of a project.

David Senko
Vice President, Project Execution
Wison USA | 281-685-1874 |

Dave Senko has worked in the construction industry for about 40 years, in positions ranging from hands-on construction to supervision to project / division / department / executive management, on domestic and international projects in the Oil & Gas, Power, Pulp & Paper, Metals, and other heavy industrial projects.

The project types included new construction, direct hire and construction management, both brownfield & grass roots, from less than $100k to over $10B. While most of his experience was direct line supervision (Craft Superintendent, Area Superintendent, Project Superintendent) and management (Construction Manager, Site Manager, Project Manager, Operations Manager, Estimating and Construction Department Manager, Director of Operations and Vice President for Operations and Construction, he also worked stints in construction engineering (Senior Field Engineer, Chief Construction Engineer and Manager of Technical Services), Subcontracts, Estimating, and Project Controls.

Mr. Senko earned a degree in Construction Management from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, after which he spent time over the years on their Executive Committee of the Industrial Advisory Board; completed graduate studies in Business and Project Management at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon; then Executive Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He sat on the Training Committee for the UA (United Association Pipefitters Union). He currently sits on the Executive Board of the ECC (Engineering Construction Contracting Association) as well as serving as Vice-President on the Executive Committee for the University of Houston Construction Management Industrial Advisory Board. He also serves as Board Advisor for CII (Construction Industry Institute) and serves as a Mentor for SPE (Society for Petroleum Engineers) and Everwise.

Pricing | Registration

As we strive to continue delivering high quality content in our new online environment – our webinar pricing is a nominal $20 fee – which helps us maintain RGF services and cover overhead. We recognize that your job may have been affected by COVID-19; thus, you will also be given the option during checkout to join the webinar at no cost.  Thank you for supporting the RGF community as we manage through this crisis.

Mark your calendar for the next webinar in our Covid-19 Series

June 12, 12 Noon CDT
“Leading Through a Crisis: Supply Chain Disruption | Covid-19 Pandemic”