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Program Overview

Understanding the myriad of players involved in a DOT Construction project and their distinct responsibilities when something goes wrong. You have the owner(DOT), the engineer of record (designs project), the consultants (they oversee the project), the contractor (who builds it in compliance with bid documents) It’s common that attorneys don’t even realize that so many parties are involved and may or may not be responsible for accidents, mishaps, and defective construction.


Who Should Attend

  • Risk managers
  • Attorneys
  • Claims managers

What You Will Learn

  • The types of accidents, mishaps and defective construction that can occur.
  • The number of parties involved and their distinct responsibilities and accountabilities.
  • The documents (eg: daily work reports, project meeting minutes, MOT logs, rental agreements, etc….)
  • How to ask for and obtain the necessary documents.


George Mayforth

George Mayforth, P.E. is a Civil Engineer at CED. Mr. Mayforth has nearly three decades of experience in the Construction Management of major highway construction throughout the state of FL, which ranged in construction value between $1M and $250M. Mr. Mayforth has worked with some of the nation’s leading Contractors as well as Designers and is well versed in FDOT project management procedures. Mr. Mayforth holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the Virginia Military Institute and is a registered professional engineer in several states. During his nearly 30 years, Mr. Mayforth has overseen the construction of roads (asphalt and concrete), bridges, runways and taxiways, and marinas, which included both state and federal specifications.

Holly Howanitz

Holly Howanitz joined Wicker Smith in 2007 and is a partner in the Jacksonville office. She focuses her practice on defending claims in matters of general negligence, personal injury, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, insurance agent malpractice, products liability, automobile negligence, and construction defect litigation. Ms. Howanitz's passion for the law has earned her an AV® PreeminentTM rating from her peers, the highest level rating awarded to lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. She was also named as one of Jacksonville’s 40 Under 40 business and professional leaders in 2015 by the Jacksonville Business Journal as well as one of the top 25 Women of Influence in 2016.

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