Decks to Dockets

Oct. 27-29

JW Marriott Austin
Austin, Texas

Members: $995; each additional: $795
Nonmembers: $1,295; each additional: $1,095
Guests: $195

Registration closes Oct. 26.

    If registering additional attendees from the same company, please click the group registration button. See group registration booking instructions here.

Register now for NRCA’s premier legal conference, which will provide you with tools and knowledge to enhance your business operations, manage risk and help propel your company to new levels of success.

You will learn from presenters who have decades of industry expertise, connect with fellow roofing professionals and earn continuing education credits. Decks to Dockets is a crucial educational experience for NRCA member and nonmember owners, CEOs, COOs, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers.

Important Information

This three-day event includes 11 hours of comprehensive learning designed to provide you with current legal, contractual, safety, technical and business programming information that will inspire innovative business ideas you can implement immediately.

  • Earn continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects and International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants.
  • Save $200 on registration fees with each additional registrant you bring from your company.
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View a list of hotels within walking distance of the JW Marriott for Wednesday evening. Please reach out to the hotels about availability.


Refugio Alvarez
Safety Director
King of Texas Roofing Co.

Refugio Alvarez has more than 18 years of experience in construction manufacturing and safety. Refugio Alvarez serves as safety director at King of Texas Roofing Co., Grand Prairie, Texas. He develops strategies to improve safety performance through safety orientations, skills training, emergency preparedness, proper job instruction, use of protective equipment, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance. Before joining King of Texas, Alvarez worked as a bilingual safety instructor, assisting with the safety and job skills training of more than 6,000 construction industry students.

Joel Richard Barnes
Health and Safety Manager
Korellis Inc.

Joel Richard Barnes has been health and safety manager for Korellis Inc., Hammond, Ind., for four years. He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in pre-law and policy administration and currently is finishing his master’s degree in occupational safety and health to become a Certified Safety Professional.® Barnes served as an Army and Indiana National Guard officer for 12 years in roles such as compliance officer, safety officer and interim safety director. He has since transitioned to training in the private sector and Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance. Barnes is an active member of the NRCA Health and Safety Committee and the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable Health and Safety Committee.

Benjamin Briggs, Esq.
Partner at Adams & Reese, LLP law firm

Benjamin Briggs is a partner at Adams and Reese LLP, Tampa, Fla. Board certified in labor and employment law, Briggs’ work focuses on labor and employment issues within the construction industry. He represents contractors nationwide in wage and hour, discrimination and retaliation claims; administrative investigations; restrictive covenant disputes; I-9 compliance; risk mitigation; human resources training; and internal audits. Briggs is a published author and was recognized as a top lawyer by Super Lawyers, Florida Trend magazine and Tampa Magazine.

Trent Cotney
NRCA’s General Counsel and National Chair of the Construction Group at the law firm of Adams & Reese, LLP

Trent Cotney has dedicated himself to serving the roofing industry since 1999. Trent serves as General Counsel for NRCA, as well as multiple other roofing associations. Trent has been recognized as one of the leading attorneys in the field by his peers and the construction industry and has received numerous honors and distinctions, including NRCA’s Gold Circle Award for Service to the industry, FRSA’s Bob Campanella Award for lifetime achievement, and Western States Service to the Industry Award. He has been recognized as being one of the top construction lawyers including being named to Best Lawyers, Chambers & Partners, and listed in Forbes Next 1000 list.

Erin Dennison
Safety Director
JD Miles & Sons Inc.

Erin Dennison is the safety director at fourth-generation family-owned roofing company JD Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Va. With six years of roofing industry experience, Dennison is passionate about keeping her colleagues safe and healthy. She has implemented initiatives such as “Stretch & Flex,” where employees gather to get their blood flowing, helping to reduce risk of injury and improve mood and focus. She works to incorporate daily safety training activities, such as proper use of harnesses and fall-arrest systems.

Mark S. Graham
NRCA's vice president of technical

Mark S. Graham earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering. In 1984, he began his career in the roofing industry with F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., Milwaukee, as an estimator and project manager. In 1986, he joined Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc., Northbrook, Ill., as a project engineer specializing in the investigation, design and repair of roof and waterproofing systems.

Graham joined the NRCA staff in 1993 and is responsible for the association's Technical Services Department. Responsibilities of the department include response to inquiries for technical information and assistance, serving as the association's technical liaison with outside organizations, and developing and maintaining the association's technical documents, including The NRCA Roofing and Waterproofing Manual. Graham also is contributing editor for Professional Roofing magazine.

Graham is a member of ASTM and active in ASTM Committees D-8—Roofing and Waterproofing, C-16—Thermal Insulation, E-5—Fire Standards and E-6—Performance of Buildings. He also is a member of ASHRAE, the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.

Stephen M. Phillips
Senior partner at Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel

Stephen M. Phillips is a senior partner at the firm. Mr. Phillips’ practice focuses on legal issues pertaining to the construction industry and particularly the commercial roofing industry. He has gained national recognition concerning legal issues affecting the roofing industry. For over 35 years, he has been representing parties in commercial roofing matters.

Mr. Phillips has written and spoken extensively regarding construction law topics and construction litigation, particularly regarding the commercial roofing industry. He was the principal author of the warranty section of the Commercial Low-Slope Roofing Materials Guide and the Residential Steep-Slope Roofing Materials Guide, published by the National Roofing Contractors Association and the OSHA Citation Defense Manual published by the National Roofing Legal Resource Center. He is the author of "Liabilities of Parties Engaged in Re-roofing Construction Projects,” published as part of the Proceedings of the Low-Slope Re-roofing Workshop, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the co-author of "Roofing Systems," published by the American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, for a program on Construction Technology for Lawyers. He has published articles on numerous construction topics such as insurance coverage applicable to construction disputes, measuring damages when there is defective construction, construction contracts, liquidated damages, mold claims, proprietary specifications, bid mistakes, anti-indemnity statutes, building code violations, bidder responsibility and bid responsiveness and the Spearin doctrine.

Philip J. Siegel
Partner and shareholder at Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel

Philip J. Siegel is a Partner and shareholder with the firm. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with distinction from the School of Business Administration where he earned his B.B.A. Siegel received his law degree from Emory University School of Law. After working in the public accounting industry as a state and local tax consultant for two years, he commenced his career as a construction litigation and labor/employment attorney.

Siegel has represented clients in the construction industry before the National Labor Relations Board, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, the Department of Labor, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

For more information about the conference, please contact Alison LaValley ( or Anne Schroeder ( at (847) 299-9092.