Conversations on Construction - If You BUILD It, They Will Come

Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Time: 11:00 am 12:00 pm
Location: Join us via Zoom!



If you BUILD It, They Will Come 

Conversations on Construction Episode 4: Real World Examples

Brought to you by the LEEDing Ladies of Hunt Ortmann

December 16th, 2020


Join us via Zoom:

This is a complimentary event open to all USGBC-LA Members as well as the General Public.


Ready to brush up on your legalese? Join us as Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung, the LEEDing Ladies and attorneys of Hunt Ortmann, experts in construction litigation and contracts, walk us through the legal dos and don'ts of the construction industry by using relevant and real case examples!


Energy efficiency and affordable housing are topics du jour, especially in Los Angeles.  Seemingly unrelated at first glance, can progress be made in these two spaces together?


Join Hunt Ortmann attorneys Kathlynn Smith and Jennifer Tung, and the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council on October 15, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. as they discuss California's Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) program and its twin goals of creating more affordable housing and increasing energy efficiency.  During this webinar, we will discuss:


  • California’s latest implementation plan for the BUILD program;


  • Potential ambiguities to watch out for and be aware of; and


  • Contract provisions that will help you best manage potential risks.


Come find out the who, what, when, where, and why of BUILD, before California starts accepting applications.  Join us and be ahead of the curve!



Kathlynn Smith is a shareholder with Hunt Ortmann with extensive experience representing the construction industry in complex construction litigation and transactional matters. For over 10 years, Ms. Smith's practice has been devoted to representing owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on both public and private works of improvement in a wide variety of matters from project inception through trial. In particular, Ms. Smith has successfully represented her clients in the litigation and arbitration of claims involving scope of work disputes, delay and disruption, mechanic's liens and stop notices, payment and performance bonds, bid protests, and construction defects. In addition, Ms. Smith is experienced in drafting and reviewing construction contracts, contract administration, and drafting procurement documents. Ms. Smith has successfully resolved complex construction disputes involving multi-million dollar claims as well as assisted her clients procure or negotiate contracts for large complex public and private works of improvement. 

Ms. Smith is a frequent presenter and author on various topics related to or that impact the construction industry. Ms. Smith also is the co-author of the “Smart Girls’ Guide To Construction Law” and architect of the “Smart Girls’” initiative directed at women-owned and/or operated companies in the construction industry. 


Jennifer Tung is an associate attorney with Hunt Ortmann. She focuses her practice on a broad array of matters, including breach of contract claims and construction litigation. Ms. Tung has represented a diverse client base, including both owners and contractors.  A native Angeleno, Ms. Tung speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. She is a tae kwon do black belt. Prior to law school, Ms. Tung worked as a professional political organizer and fundraiser.