Suzanne M. McSorley Presents at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law

PRINCETON, NJ, April 17, 2015 – Suzanne M. McSorley, a Shareholder with Stevens & Lee, presented a program on enforcing warranties in the context of construction projects at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law held April 16-18, 2015, in Boca Raton, FL.

Ms. McSorley spoke on the nature and extent of express and implied warranties given by all participants in construction projects and the process of navigating warranties and statutes of limitation and repose to understand how these doctrine impact the assertion and defense of construction and design defect claims. The presentation and accompanying paper also addressed the difference between a warranty and a guarantee, when the statute of limitations begins to run, how the discovery rule affects that calculation and the potential impact of the statute of repose.

Ms. McSorley is a construction lawyer, concentrating her practice on drafting and negotiating contracts relating to construction projects and resolving, through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, construction-related disputes primarily for clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing and health care industries. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating contracts for projects as complex as “green field” pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities and hospitals, as well as for routine laboratory and office renovations and fit-ups. In addition to representing parties in disputes, Sue has served as a mediation neutral since 1996 when she was among the first 60 mediators selected by the assignment judges in the Superior Court of New Jersey for the court-annexed mediation panel.

Ms. McSorley is a frequent speaker on topics relating to construction law and dispute resolution, presenting programs in the last year for the Bankruptcy Court of the District of New Jersey, the Mercer County American Inn of Court, the Marie Garibaldi American Inn of Court, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law.  She has served as a mediation skills trainer since 2004. She is an editor (with Roland Nickles, Steven Reisman and Richard Tyler) of Construction Defects, a publication of the ABA Forum on Construction Law and most recently is the author of “Take Full Advantage of the Opportunity to Mediate: Prepare, Don’t Just Show Up,” an article published in  September 2014 in Under Construction.

She has a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and an A.B., cum laude, from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.