Thursday, June 21, 2018

9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
WBC Conference Room
1100 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC
McPherson Square (Blue/Orange/Silver) Metro Station - Vermont Ave. & I St. Exit
Farragut North (Red) Metro Station - L Street Exit

President Trump ran on a platform of “Buy American, Hire American” so it is no surprise that strengthening domestic preference regulations is part of his administration’s agenda. What can come as a surprise to unsuspecting contractors is the complex and confusing regulatory framework implementing the current domestic preference requirements on government projects. This seminar will cover the scope of regulations such as Buy American, Buy America, and the Trade Agreements Act. Importantly, discussion will focus on compliance with these regulations and the possible consequences of accidental or intentional non-compliance.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Presentation


Owen S. Walker, Esq.
Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC

Mr. Walker focuses his practice on commercial construction and government contracts law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals in all phases of construction projects, from contract preparation and negotiation through dispute resolution and litigation. He is a regular speaker before a variety of industry groups and has authored numerous articles and book chapters on commercial construction and government contracts law.

Julia S. Kopcienski, Esq.
Smith Pachter McWhorter, PLC

Ms. Kopcienski practices in the areas of commercial construction, government contracts, and white collar matters. She has experience with litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, focusing on construction insurance and warranty issues, prime-subcontractor disputes, claim entitlement and liability, and electronic discovery. Additionally, she has counseled clients on bid protests, performance disputes, privilege, and federal agency procurement practices.


WBC Members & Employees = $20 per person
Non-Members = $50 pers person


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Fees refunded only if written notice is received no later than June 12, 2018.  In the event of written cancellation, WBC may retain $5 of initial fee to cover administrative costs.