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Presenter: Samuel B. Cavnar and 3 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Wheaton, IL

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13341

Product Number: 15H ILCONLAW 3 26 CDMN

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $279 (including shipping). Allow five weeks from the seminar date for delivery. Please refer to specific state licensing rules or certification requirements to determine if this learning method is eligible for continuing education credit.

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):       11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:          12:45 - 4:30 pm

Critical Decisions: Selecting the Project Team          K. Florey, S. Cavnar

Legal requirements for selecting an architect and construction manager

The request-for-proposal and request-for-quotation process

Negotiating agreements for architecturaland construction management services

Construction delivery methods including construction manager at-risk and adviser

The potential conflict of allowing the construction manager to self-perform

The role of specialty consultants

The “front-end” documents, including instructions to bidders, general conditions, and requirements for bonds and insurance

Bidding Part I: Legal Requirements and Basic Concepts        K. Florey, H. Metz

Common bidding requirements and exceptions

How change orders relate to the bidding process

Structuring the bid form

Understanding alternates and allowances

Bidder prequalification

How to put a project out to bid

Bidding Part II: Common Bidding Problems and Solutions            K. Florey, H. Metz

Dealing with late bids, requests to withdraw, and bid mistakes

Determining the lowest responsive and responsible bidder

How the bid bond works

Strategies for avoiding bid challenges

Strategies for managing common bidding problems

Best Practices for Completing and Closing Out Your Project            M.N. Smith Jr.

Best practices for obtaining completion and correction of the work

How to effectively use the “take-over” clause

Terminating the contractor

Managing retention payments

Substantial and final completion

How to use a liquidated damage clause

When a Good Project Goes Bad: Managing the Dispute Resolution Process            S. Cavnar

Changed and latent conditions

Work outside the scope

Delay damages and payment disputes

Bond and lien claims

Design and construction defects

Comparing and contrasting mediation, arbitration and litigation

The prevailing party clause


Samuel B. Cavnar

Mr. Cavnar focuses his practice in the area of construction law. He advises clients through design and construction contract negotiation, procurement and bidding requirements, and disputes involving performance and payment. Mr. Cavnar is actively involved in the prosecution and defense of contract, bond, lien, and warranty claims involving defaults, delays, extras, liquidated damages, and design and construction defects. He is also actively involved in the firm’s commercial transaction and real estate development practice groups, where he counsels and represents clients in all aspects of public procurement requirements, bid package preparation, real estate and land use, tort immunity and risk management. For the past three years, Mr. Cavnar has been named an Illinois “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Kenneth M. Florey

Mr. Florey concentrates his practice representing public and private clients, including municipalities, school districts, community colleges, private owners, contractors and design professionals regarding land use, municipal law, construction, tax, finance and litigation. Mr. Florey was the chair of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Local Government Committee for 2001-2002. He served as a trustee for the Village of Lombard for eight years. He was appointed special assistant attorney general to prosecute and defend construction litigation claims on behalf of the Illinois Capital Development Board from 1996-1998 and from 2000 to present. Mr. Florey was recognized with the Illinois Association of School Business Officials, Above and Beyond Award in 2012 and the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, Annual Litigation Award in 2009.

Howard A. Metz

Mr. Metz counsels and represents school districts, community colleges, park districts and municipalities with respect to real estate, commercial transactions, construction law and land use and zoning matters. He has resolved construction cases involving issues such as disputed architectural fees, construction defects, bidding disputes and construction delays. Mr. Metz has also litigated issues involving zoning laws and municipal control over school property. He is a contributing author of “School Property and Environmental Issues,” Illinois School of Law, IICLE (2010 and 2012).

M. Neal Smith, Jr.

Mr. Smith concentrates his practice in the areas of board governance, land use issues, tax, finance, and litigation. He advises municipal and school district electoral boards and candidates running for public office on issues concerning ballot access and campaign finance. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Mr. Smith concentrated his practice in the areas of municipal law, labor law, election law, and litigation. He represented municipalities, local governmental entities and private clients in State and Federal Court, before the Illinois Commerce Commission and before the Illinois State Board of Elections.