Construction Law Year in Review – D09

Real Property Track
Construction Law Section

Session D: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About the Program
Significant new developments are occurring regularly in the dynamic area of construction law. It is essential for those involved in this field in Connecticut—whether as a “veteran” construction lawyer, an occasional practitioner, or as an owner or contractor—to keep abreast of this changing law, legislative initiatives, and recent statutory enactments. This program will provide you with up-to-date information about the current state of construction law.


Anita C. Di Gioia, The Law Office of Anita C. Di Gioia LLC, Orange

Attorney Di Gioia has extensive experience handling construction design and defect claims, which have ranged in value from $10,000 to $30 million dollars.  Her clients include owners, contractors, and designers and the issues she handles encompass any type of claimed design or construction error and any resulting delays, lost profits or other damages.  She has also handled appellate issues for her construction industry clients.  Attorney Di Gioia also handles general business litigation and claims.    

Attorney Di Gioia’s practice goes beyond litigation and encompasses risk management.  She has negotiated and drafted contracts for her clients and has spoken extensively on the topic of risk management and limiting liability.  In particular, she has lectured construction industry groups on managing risk through negotiated contracts and proper document management during projects.    

Paul R. Fitzgerald, Michelson Kane Royster & Barger PC, Hartford

Attorney Fitzgerald practices in the areas of Construction & Surety and Civil Litigation. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College in 1997 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2002. Paul is a contributing author on the topic of mechanic’s liens for the “Connecticut Bar Association Annual Construction Case Law Summary,” from 2002 to the present. He also has given many presentations to construction trade groups and professional organizations on the topics of mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, and general payment issues in the construction industry. Paul has argued before the Connecticut Appellate and Supreme Courts. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, and he is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, as well as a member of the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the CBA. Paul also serves as a legal advisor to the Connecticut Subcontractors Association. Paul has been included in both the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star lists in the area of Construction Litigation (2010, 2014).

Robert J. O’Brien, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Hartford

Attorney O’Brien heads Shipman & Goodwin’s Construction Contracts and Litigation Team and practices in the areas of construction, surety and commercial litigation. With more than three decades of construction law experience, he handles a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of contractors, public and private owners, subcontractors, sureties, and design professionals. 

Bob served as Chair of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Construction Law Section from 2007-2009 and is an active member of the Section’s Executive Committee, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association, and the Construction Institute. He is a frequent panelist and speaker at construction law programs. A member of the American Bar Association’s Forum Committee of the Construction Industry, Bob is on the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Arbitrators and has served as an arbitrator and mediator in numerous construction disputes.


2.0 CLE Credits (CT: 2.0 General; NY:2.0 AOP)