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Presenter: Michelle Berger and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Denver, CO

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13470

Product Number: 15H COCCWKSP 6 18 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 7.5 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 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:30 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials           M. Berger, M. Gates

   Examining contract terminology:

      • Parties, consideration, term, performance, 
          substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages

   Understanding types of construction contracts:

      • Payment method

      • Award and selection

      • Project delivery system

      • Number of primes

      • Legal description

   Studying roles and relationships of project participants:

      • Owners, architects/engineers, contractors, subs and suppliers

      • Traditional project delivery

      • Design-build

      • Construction manager at risk

   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents         G. Egle




   Bid form

   Bid bond


Reviewing Contract Documents            B. Petre


   Performance bond

   Payment bond

   Contract conditions (general and supplementary)

   Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)

   Shop drawings

   Contract modifications (change orders, directives, etc.)

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration           K. Robinson

   Insurance and indemnity issues

   Chain of command issues



   Liquidated damages

   Enforcement of general contractor’s obligations

   Substantial and final completion

   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Legal Issues and Disputes           R. Ross

   Changed conditions

   Project documentation

   Delays, acceleration

   Handling payment claims and final payments

   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation

   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties


Michelle Berger

Attorney at Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP
Ms. Berger has been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years as both an engineer and an attorney. She has extensive experience providing legal advice and support for highly technical and complex projects in the construction and engineering fields. By combining her legal and engineering education and experience, Ms. Berger provides clients solutions which are theoretically sound, yet practical to implement. Her areas of expertise include construction law, real estate, zoning, land use, regulatory compliance, and government contracting. Ms. Berger received her bachelors of science degree in Civil Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver.

Gil Egle

Mr. Egle is an attorney with thirty-one years of experience in the practice of law. He actively represents clients in a wide range of business, litigation and construction matters. His construction practice includes representation of owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in contract drafting and negotiations, mechanic’s liens and verified claims, bond claims, arbitration, and litigation involving claims and other construction issues. Mr. Egle is a frequent speaker on construction topics to contractors and other construction professionals, and for a number of years taught classes to contractors on many aspects of construction contracts. Currently, he is the co-author and editor of a Colorado continuing legal education publication entitled, “Colorado Liens and Claims Handbook”. He is also the author for the Colorado section of the internet publication, Lien Law Online. Mr. Egle is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming.

Michael J. Gates

Mr. Gates focuses his practice on civil litigation with considerable experience in construction industry disputes, business and commercial litigation, employment disputes,general liability, and insurance matters. He has assisted clients with matters such as construction defect disputes,construction contract disputes, trade secret protection,employee discipline and investigation, civil rights, insurance coverage, and premises liability. Mr. Gates is a member of the Colorado Bar Association (Construction and Employment Law Sections) and the Colorado Defense Lawyers Association. He earned his J.D. degree from the University of Denver Collegeof Law.

Ben Petre

Associate at Faegre Baker Daniels
Mr. Petre is a litigator and counselor in construction and general commercial matters. He focuses on construction law, representing contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and owners in complex construction litigation, risk assessment, and contract drafting and negotiation. He also handles commercial litigation and dispute resolution for various commercial entities. Mr. Petre is a trusted business advisor to his clients and is dedicated to understanding and helping them advance their business interests. He is an active member within the Associated General Contractors of Colorado, the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Denver Bar Association. He earned his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. Mr. Petre was named a Colorado Rising Star in the area of construction law for 2013-16 by Super Lawyers.

Ken Robinson

Mr. Robinson has been a practicing lawyer in the Denver/Boulder area for over 25 years, focusing his law practice on land access, construction law, mechanic’s liens, real estate and collections cases. Before opening his solo practice in Boulder in 1999, he was a partner in the construction law firm of Wells, Love and Scoby in Boulder. His practice as an attorney emphasizes design and construction litigation, construction contracts and documentation, mechanic’s liens, real estate litigation, and real property boundary and access disputes. An author and lecturer on the subject of construction law, Mr. Robinson also handles construction law arbitrations under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association. He is a member of the Colorado Bar, the American Bar Association, and the National Society of Professional Engineers, and he is a registered professional engineer (inactive) in the State of Colorado.

Rebecca A. Ross

Ms. Ross litigates with a deep understanding of the construction industry and electronic discovery. She utilizes technology and her construction law experience to efficiently and effectively solve problems, assisting clients with mediation, arbitration, and litigation matters. Ms. Ross represents general contractors, developers, and owners, as well as a variety of businesses with construction and business matters. She is a member of the Colorado Contractors Association, the ABA Construction Law Forum, the Colorado Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, and the Colorado and Denver bar associations. Mr. Ross earned her J.D. degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.