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Presenter: Sarah E. Carson and 7 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Atlanta, GA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13539

Product Number: 15H GACCWKSP 7 28 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 - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:00 - 5:00 pm

Introduction and Overview             J. Dinardo

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials
             G.S. Walters

   Examining contract terminology

   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

   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Understanding Georgia Lien Law           J. Dinardo

   Why it is important to file a claim of lien

   The persons entitled to mechanics’ liens

   The type of property interests subject to lien

   “Front-end” notice requirements including notices of commencement and
   notices to contractor and the common mistakes often made

   The essential elements of a Georgia claim of lien

   The deadlines and pitfalls associated with a claim of lien

   Perfecting and foreclosing on a claim of lien through litigation

   Defending against lien claims

Reviewing Bidding Documents             S. Carson

   Invitation                       Bid form

   Instructions                   Bid bond

   Information                    Addenda

Reviewing Contract Documents            L. Samples

   Agreement Performance bond

   Payment bond

   Contract conditions (General and Supplementary)

   Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)

   Shop drawings

   Contract modifications (Change Orders, Directives, etc.)

Examining Legal Issues and Disputes               S. Stuart

   Changed conditions

   Project documentation

   Delays, acceleration

   Handling payment claims and final payments

   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation

   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties

The Impacts of Bankruptcy on a Construction Project            K. Wise

   A Brief introduction to bankruptcy – Chapters 7, 11 and 13

   What happens if one of the parties to a construction project files for bankruptcy?

   Can I still pursue my claims against a party involved with a
   construction project if they have filed for bankruptcy?

   What is the automatic stay?

   Are there ways around it?

   What are my options when faced with a bankrupt party?

   Are there any remedies against a dishonest debtor?

Insurance and Construction Risk Management           K. Johnston

   Contractual risk management

   Drafting indemnity obligations

   Managing additional insured requirements

   Identifying covered events under CGL, builder risk, and PL policies

   Avoiding gaps in coverage – problematic endorsements

   Legal updates in southeast states

Third Party Liability and the Risk of Shop Drawing Review              G. Miller

   Economic loss rule and economic loss rule exception

   Allocation of design and construction risks

   Shop drawing liability

   Standard form treatment of submittals, contract obligations, and disclaimers

   Are shop drawings contract documents?

   Why is negligent misrepresentation a concern?


Sarah E. Carson

Ms. Carson represents national and international clients in the construction of data centers, pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, commercial properties, mixed-use developments, energy retrofits, casinos, hotels, and golf courses. She has taught construction law to students at the undergraduate and graduate level, instructed a technology and defective construction business class for the Georgia Tech Research Institute and spoken at various CLE classes on alternative dispute resolution, defective construction, and strategic contract clauses.

Joseph J. Dinardo

Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Mr. Dinardo’s practice focuses mainly on construction disputes, lien prosecution and defense, contracts, commercial litigation, labor law, and collections. In recent years, he has developed a niche practice working with clients to enforce judgments and recover money through the process of garnishment and seizure. Mr. Dinardo has presented and/or hosted seminars on shop drawings, accelerations and delays, collections, federal governmental contracting, and P3’s for various trade organizations and seminar companies.

Kirk D. Johnston

Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Mr. Johnston focuses his practice in the areas of construction litigation, risk management and transactional services. He has many years of experience representing owners, general contractors, architects, surety companies, and other entities on a wide range of construction projects, including high rises, highways, bridges, and industrial complexes. A significant portion of his practice involves claims avoidance through assisting clients in every phase of the construction process. Mr. Johnston is a licensed property and casualty insurance adjuster and his experience in the interpretation of insurance policies further aids owners and contractors in catastrophic loss management, litigation and construction-related claims under CGL, professional liability, and builders’ risk policies.

Garrett E. Miller

Partner at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP in Atlanta
Mr. Miller practices construction law, government contracts and general commercial litigation, and focuses on the representation of owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in all phases of public and private construction and service projects throughout the United States. Mr. Miller is an advocate of the mediation process as an efficient and cost-effective means of dispute resolution.

Lochlin B. Samples

Mr. Samples’ experience includes commercial litigation, construction, government contracting, and environmental law. His work in these areas has included preparing and organizing claims resulting from construction change orders and delay damages, analyzing bankruptcy’s effects on the construction process, preparing clients for mediation sessions, and providing advice for projects both in the United States and abroad.

Steven J. Stuart

Associate at Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP in Atlanta
Mr. Stuart‘s practice covers construction, energy, environmental, and contract law. Prior to attending law school, he spent several years managing the construction of multi-million dollar commercial and residential projects in the Washington, D.C. area. Mr. Stuart is a certified LEED-AP through the U.S. Green Building Council.

G. Scott Walters

Partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP

Mr. Walters received a B.C.E. (Bachelor of Civil Engineering) degree from The Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Before law school, he worked as a project engineer, project manager, and owner’s representative on numerous commercial construction and environmental remediation projects. Mr. Walters has represented contractors, subcontractors, owners, and developers in general business matters, contract claims, and disputes involving real estate issues, bid protests, differing site conditions, changes, delays, defective plans and specifications, construction defects, and regulatory compliance.

Kyler L. Wise

Mr. Wise’s primary practice area is civil litigation, with a particular emphasis on commercial, bankruptcy, real estate, creditor’s rights, and land use litigation. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Alabama State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit.