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Presenter: William “Bill” I. Gardner and 1 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Arlington, TX

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13738

Product Number: 15H TXCCWKSP 11 10 CDMN

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


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

How to Use

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The CD/Manual package includes an audio recording of a live seminar on CDs, along with a bound copy of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

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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 - 4:30 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials             A. Piel

   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, construction managers, contractors, subs and suppliers

   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents            B. Gardner

   • Invitation         • Bid form

   • Instructions     • Bid bond

   • Information      • Addenda

Reviewing Contract Documents             A. Piel

   Use of standard forms or custom documents


   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             B. Gardner

   Insurance and indemnity issues

   Chain of command issues


   Changes and change orders


   Substantial and final completion

   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Ethical Issues in Construction Contracting             B. Gardner

   Offering and accepting gifts and inducements

   Preventing conflicts of interest

   Complying with duties to your employer and other project participants

   Handling payment claims and final payments

   Understanding your responsibility under warranties and guarantees


William “Bill” I. Gardner

Shareholder at Macdonald Devin P.C. in Dallas

Mr. Gardner represents businesses, entrepreneurs, and design professionals in complex litigation, construction, and land use matters throughout Texas. His practice focuses on construction litigation, government and private contracts, the defense of professional liability claims against design professionals, and overcoming regulatory obstacles faced by owners and developers in the use of land. His construction practice encompasses all phases of the contracting process for public and private contracts, from bidding and contract negotiation throughout administration and performance, to claims and litigation. His extensive experience and success in professional liability matters has earned him inclusion on the Texas Rising Stars list for four years in a row. Mr. Gardner earned his J.D. degree from St. Mary’s School of Law after graduating from the Honors College at Baylor University.

Andrew Piel

Harrison Steck, P.C., Fort Worth
Mr. Piel is a native of Arlington and Tarrant County and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his legal career in 1997 as a prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained extensive jury trial experience. He then transitioned into civil litigation practice in 1999. Since then, he has handled a variety of complex litigation matters in the areas of construction law, lien law, contract law, real estate law, collections, and products liability, and he teaches classes in construction law. Mr. Piel has extensive experience in counseling businesses on legal questions related to their day-to-day operations and contractual relationships, and he has been trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association. He has been recognized byhis legal peers as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Piel is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Construction Law Section of the Texas Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He is vice-chair of the Construction Law Section of the Tarrant Bar. Mr. Piel has been active in his community as a former planning and zoning commissioner for the City of Arlington, a member of the Arlington ISD’s Capital Needs Steering Committee, and a member of the Board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a member of the Governmental Relations Committee of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Governmental Relations Committee of TEXO/AGC, and Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Mr. Piel is also active in Tarrant County political affairs.