In March 2018 the 11th Annual Florida Bar Construction Law Institute brought together hundreds of Florida’s leading attorneys specializing in the practice of construction law. The Institute is an advanced seminar where speakers present peer-reviewed papers addressing current issues important to this practice area. At the same time, the Florida Bar also hosts an intensive three-day seminar to prepare attorneys seeking to obtain recognition as a Board Certified Construction Lawyer through peer review, a history of proven experience, and passage of a written examination.
Barry Ansbacher had the honor of speaking at both the Construction Law Institute and at the Construction Law Certification Review Course. As a Board Certified Construction Lawyer, Barry Ansbacher is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law.
On Friday, March 9, 2018, Mr. Ansbacher presented his paper on “Statute of Limitations and Repose New Issues & Opportunities.” He discussed the impact of Florida’s strict 4 year limitation period and 10 year repose period on construction defect claims. Recent changes and opportunities for attorneys bringing or defending against claims to represent their clients were a focus of this lecture.
At the Construction Law Certification Review Course, Mr. Ansbacher spoke on “Condominiums & Homeowner Associations.” Finally, Mr. Ansbacher served on a panel discussing Chapter 558, Florida’s law requiring owners to give contractor’s notice and an opportunity to cure construction defects before bringing a claim.
During the course of the Construction Law Institute, Barry Ansbacher (joined by his daughter Lily Pop) worked with representatives of the Florida Justice Association to introduce construction lawyers to this organization. The Florida Justice Association works in the legislative, political and public arenas to ensure that Floridians know and understand the importance of their rights to justice and to make certain that these rights are safeguarded and protected. In recent years the Florida Justice Association has worked with construction lawyers to analyze proposed bills and to educate legislators on the effect of the bills upon Florida homeowners and consumers.