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Presenter: Don Blevins and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13515

Product Number: 15H MICONLAW 7 16 CDMN

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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

Construction Contracting in Traditional and            D. Blevins
Alternative Project Delivery Systems

   Legal rights/duties of construction entities: contractors,
   design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers

   Design-bid-build: entering into construction contracts and agreements
   in the traditional construction process

   Design-build: entering into contracts and agreements Contractor-led,
   designer-led, joint venture, and developer-led projects

Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and              M. Meldrum
Effective Construction Contracting

   Understanding contract terminology

   Forming contracts

   Understanding contract obligations

   The law governing construction contracts: the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
   and applicable state laws

   Subcontract formation and administration

   Performance and payment issues

   Breach of contract and default

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes              R. Jezdimir

   Making changes to the contract and contracted work

      • The contract change clause

      • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes

      • Requirements for making changes

      • Liability issues

   Resolving disputes during the construction process

      • Site conditions

      • Delays

      • Disruption

      • Acceleration


Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues            T. Dinan

   Determining qualifications and competence of participants

   Preventing conflicts of interest and the appearance of impropriety

   Identifying ethical issues in bid practices

   Handling ethical issues created by constructive and ordered changes

   Handling ethical issues created by payments, liens and lien waivers

Protecting the Owner and the Project: Insurance and            M. Rechtien
Bonding Issues in Construction

   Types of construction bonds

      • Performance

      • Payment

      • Alternatives to bonds

   Types of insurance

      • Commercial general liability insurance

      • Builder’s risk insurance

      • Errors and omissions insurance

      • Additional/alternative insurance

   Claims and notice issues


Don Blevins

Mr. Blevins maintains a national litigation practice concentrating on construction industry disputes, and also enjoys a wide range of success representing businesses in the auto industry and related fields. Since joining McAlpine in 2006, Mr. Blevins has served as both lead and supporting counsel in numerous multi-million dollar cases. His lead role in one of those cases resulted in his client receiving a jury verdict that was reported to be among the years’ largest in the State of Michigan. His extensive litigation experience also leaves him well suited to advise the firm’s construction clients on proactive ways to protect their rights and maximize their interests. Mr. Blevins is a cum laude graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and is licensed to practice law in Michigan, New York, and Washington, D.C.

Timothy Dinan

Mr. Dinan is the principal of the law firm of Dinan & Associates, P.C. where he represents individuals and small businesses in criminal and civil matters. He specializes in legal ethics and professional misconduct. Mr. Dinan serves as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University where he teaches on construction law, contracts, legal aspects of construction projects and related topics. He is also an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law teaching legal writing and bar exam preparation.

Ryan Jezdimir

Blevins Sanborn Jezdimir Zack PLC, Detroit

Mr. Jezdimir focuses his practice on construction law and litigation. He has counseled clients at all stages of a construction project–from bid to the final payment. He has prosecuted and defended against substantial extra compensation claims, obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict against a developer for fraud, and argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Mr. Jezdimir is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. He has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and as a top construction litigator by the magazine, DBusiness.

Maria L. Meldrum, PE, JD

Partner at Sullivan, Ward, Asher & Patton, P.C. in Southfield
Ms. Meldrum focuses her practice in the areas of engineering and construction law and related transactional matters. Having worked as an engineer for over 10 years, she brings her knowledge and experience in civil design and project management to the practice of law. She has litigated and arbitrated contract, building construction, engineering design (structural, environmental, coastal, civil, mechanical, geotechnical), asbestos and building material, and project management claims related to industrial and commercial facilities. She has also assisted in litigation related to legal malpractice claims. Ms. Meldrum is a member of the American Arbitration Association Construction Panel and serves as an arbitrator on both small and complex matters. She is admitted to the bars in Michigan, California, and Arizona. She maintains her engineering licenses in California, Arizona, and Michigan.

Matthew R. Rechtien

Partner at Bodman PLC in Ann Arbor, MI
Mr. Rechtien concentrates his practice in commercial litigation as well as in construction and insurance law. He represents a range of clients, including banks, contractors, owners, suppliers, insurers, and design professionals in negotiations and disputes, from pre-trial through collections. He is a frequent author and speaker in the subjects of construction, engineeringand insurance law. Before becoming an attorney,Mr. Rechtien worked for five years as a consulting structural engineer in Texas where he designed structures for buildings and stadiums. He is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan, Washington and Texas (inactive). Mr. Rechtien is listed as a 2014 “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness magazine and was also recognized as a “Rising Star” in Construction Litigation in Michigan Super Lawyers in 2013 through 2015.