Fred has extensive experience in all aspects of construction law. He routinely represents owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, manufacturers, sureties and insurers in all types of public and private construction projects, including claims involving bid disputes, mechanic's liens, surety bonds, termination and delay issues, design and construction defects, professional design liability, products liability and insurance coverage.
Fred's training and experience includes more than 11 years actively practicing engineering in the public and private sectors in the fields of government contracting, energy and transportation. Fred, who is a licensed professional engineer in the fields of civil and structural engineering, draws upon his engineering expertise, along with his experience in construction and construction law, to effectively represent his clients. He advises his clients in all phases of construction projects from inception to completion, including drafting and negotiating contracts, giving them advice regarding proper documentation during the project to protect their interests, and to preserve, and/or to protect against, claims and requests for equitable adjustments, successfully negotiating and mediating disputes on their behalf, and when necessary, successfully representing them before state and federal courts and arbitration panels.
Fred is a subcommittee chair of the Construction Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the Construction Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a director of the ACE Mentor Program of Connecticut. He is a frequent lecturer and writer on construction law-related topics and is an appointed arbitrator and mediator with the American Dispute Resolution Center.
The Time is Now for Federal Good Samaritan Legislation
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 12/01/2007
Design professionals are required under their respective licensing board rules of professional conduct to protect public health, safety, and welfare. During times of emergency, such as those created by floods, earthquakes, or other natural disasters, the expertise and skills of design professionals are needed to provide immediate services to assist in protecting public health and safety and to aid in recovery efforts. Prudent design professionals, however, recognize that they expose themselves to potential liability when they volunteer their services during emergency situations.
This article was co-authored with Antonino M. Leone.Planning for Delay: Critical, inMore Ways than One
American Bar Association, Construct!, 09/01/2005
Delay is expensive. It swiftly diminishes productivity rates, profits, and project morale, while at the same time increasing labor, equipment, material, and subcontractor costs. Costs mount as the beleaguered owner or contractor prepares, submits, and, if necessary, litigates a delay claim. And while every owner and contractor expect that their projects will proceed on schedule, delay is an unfortunate reality in the construction industry.
This article was co-authored with Steven R. Kolodziej.Surety Bad Faith after PSE Consulting: An Implicit Bar to Indemnification
American Bar Association, Construct!, 09/01/2004
In the construction industry, parties to general agreements of indemnity (commonly known as GAIs) once thought these agreements gave sureties unlimited discretion and protection in settling bond claims. Parties should not think this way anymore. Earlier this year, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled that a surety is only protected when it settles a claim in good faith, despite specific language commonly found in GAIs. This decision is sound, and is likely to be adopted in other jurisdictions. A surety's right to indemnification is not absolute, but instead, is subject to review by the trier of fact.
This article was co-authored with Nicole E. Liguori.
News & Events
Fred Hedberg Scheduled to present Risk Management Program to the Hartford Business Group in October
Fred Hedberg is scheduled to present a seminar on risk management in light of the recent Connecticut Supreme Court decisions in Lombardo Brothers, Inc. and Capstone Building Corp. to the Hartford Business Group in October of this year. This program will focus on ways owners, developers, contractors and design professionals can limit their exposure to claims for defective workmanship that arise, sometimes well after the construction project has been completed.Fred Hedberg Presents to Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers
Fred Hedberg recently presented Engineering Malpractice: What Is It and How Do You Avoid It, to the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers (CSPE) in Hartford. CSPE has over 250 individual members from all engineering disciplines (civil, mechanical, electrical, etc.) and industries (construction, private practice, education and government). The society sponsors events to assist in the development of professional skills and offer career guidance in the field.Fred Hedberg presented seminar on legal Issues and risks arising from BIM, Integrated Project Delivery and Green Building to Hartford Business Group
Fred Hedberg presented a seminar on Legal Issues and Risks Arising From BIM, Integrated Project Delivery and Green Building, to the Hartford Business Group in October of 2011. This seminar addressed contract provisions dealing with risk allocation, indemnification, intellectual property and insurance issues for BIM and IPD project, and discussed recent litigation involving BIM and Green Building projects.Fred Hedberg presented seminar on Legal Issues for Connecticut Professional Engineers, for Half Moon, LLC.