HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Ashley L. Belleau and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: New Orleans, LA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 13757

Product Number: 15H LAENGLWE 12 4 CDMN

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This audio recording is approximately 8 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.

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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 - 5:30 pm

Business Law for Engineers             A. Legrand

   Understanding forms of business organizations

      • Corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, sole proprietorships

   Understanding tax issues for business organizations

   Understanding employment law issues

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice             K. Bergeron

   Watching the bottom line: identifying and balancing economic pressures in design and construction

   Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing the benefits and risks

   Grounds for disciplinary action

   Procedure for investigation and hearing

   Reviewing ethics case studies and hypotheticals

Reviewing Contracts for Design Services             M. Wolf

   Identifying parties to the contract

   Reviewing key contract provisions

   Negotiating contract terms

   Making contract changes/modifications

   Resolving contract disputes

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers             L. Fey

   Understanding business insurance coverage: general liability vs. professional liability policies

   Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance

   Understanding insurance policies:

      • Indemnities

      • Assignment

      • Insurance availability

      • Warranties, guarantees and certifications

   Recognizing and responding to claims

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:                A. Vicknair
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets

   Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets

   Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises, and other technology agreements

   Resolving intellectual property disputes

Law of Engineering Malpractice             A. Belleau

   Current state of professional liability law

   Common sources of professional liability claims

   Breach of contract, negligence, misrepresentation, strict liability, fraud

   Defenses to liability claims

   Determining damages

   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation


Ashley L. Belleau

Selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer in the area of business litigation, Ms. Belleau advises businesses and individuals concerning contracts, construction, insurance and professional malpractice for engineers, lawyers, physicians and contractors. She also mediates and arbitrates business disputes and serves as a member of the AAA Construction Panel and the Commercial Panel. Ms. Belleau frequently lectures on topics related to business, arbitration, ethics and professionalism. She earned her J.D. degree from Tulane University. Ms. Belleau served as the 83rd National president of the Federal Bar Association from 2010 to 2011, and was recognized as a Woman of the Year for 2012 by New Orleans CityBusiness.

Keith J. Bergeron

After working as a mechanical engineer for Chevron Pipeline Company, concentrating on design, procurement and project management issues on various Gulf of Mexico onshore and offshore oil and gas projects (and attending law school concurrently with his engineering practice), Mr. Bergeron joined Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles in 1999. His practice involves all aspects of construction and construction surety law, but particularly design professional malpractice issues. Mr. Bergeron received a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of New Orleans in 1991 and a law degree from Loyola University in 1998. He is active with the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. His practice is dedicated to serving the construction industry, especially architects, engineers and land surveyors.

Louis G. Fey Jr., CPCU, CIC, CRM, AIC

VP Risk Management at BancorpSouth Insurance Services, Inc.
Mr. Fey currently serves as vice president of risk management for BancorpSouth Insurance Services, is chairman of the State of Louisiana’s Property Casualty Commission, is president of the Professional Insurance Agents of Louisiana (PIA), and advises Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon as a member of his Agency Advisory Council. Mr. Fey provides insurance services to engineers. In event of a claim he can also assist by identifying defenses and strategies during litigation. Mr. Fey regularly assists clients by clarifying coverage and by assisting as a liaison during the claim process. He has more than 36 years of multi-line property casualty insurance experience, and has been deemed an expert at both the Federal and State level as to claim handling standards, claim practices, claim procedures, underwriting standards and practice, coverage interpretation, policy drafting, and agency errors and omissions.

Andrew Legrand

Mr. Legrand works as a general counsel for smallbusiness owners, assisting them with a wide variety of legal issues. He’s helped clients start new businesses and modify ownership in existing businesses; draft operating agreements, employment contracts, and commercial leases; and litigate partnership and employment disputes. Mr. Legrand has presented to judges and lawyers on marketing, technology, automation, and a paperless practice as a speaker for PaperlessChase, the Jefferson Bar Association, and the Louisiana State Bar Association. He earned his J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

Andrew Vicknair

Partner at Shields Mott LLP in New Orleans
Mr. Vicknair worked as a software engineer for a major medical manufacturer and as an electrical engineer for a major chemical manufacturer prior to entering law school.  He regularly uses his prior work experience as a part of his legal practice.  He is now a partner in Shields Mott.  Mr. Vicknair’s primary practice areas include all phases of intellectual property, including litigation, prosecution, and transactional matters.  He also practices in commercial litigation and construction litigation, including claims related to construction defects, payment, subcontractors, owners, and general contractors.  Mr. Vicknair lectures on intellectual property law topics, including trademarks, patents and copyrights, as well as on construction law topics such as Louisiana lien law and general Louisiana construction law.

Mary Anne Wolf

Keogh, Cox & Wilson, Ltd.
Ms. Wolf received her juris doctorate degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1999. While in law school, she served as managing editor of the Louisiana Law Review. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1983, graduating cum laude. She obtained her professional engineering license from the State of Louisiana in 1988, and is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Wolf was a project design engineer in the construction industry for ten years. Ms. Wolf is a partner with the law firm of Keogh, Cox & Wilson in Baton Rouge. Her areas of practice include construction law and professional liability defense of architects, engineers and other design professionals.