HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Adina R. Bergstrom and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Eagan, MN

Type: Downloadable MP3+PDF

Product Code: 14556

Product Number: 16H MNCONLAW 5 25 MPDF

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This learning activity provides up to 6.3 continuing education hours to architects (HSW), professional engineers, and contractors. It is incumbent on each participant to know if this learning methodology qualifies for continuing education credit for their professional license. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility, or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance. This activity does not qualify for AIA Learning Units.

How to Use

Downloadable self-study formats are available approximately 5 weeks after the date of the live event. Please allow up to 4 hours to download the audio file. This time varies greatly depending on internet speed.

The downloadable self-study package includes an MP3 format audio recording of a live seminar and a PDF of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. You will be required to download both the audio recording and the manual. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The audio file contains embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.


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             M. Rowley
and 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

Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting         J. Steckler

   Understanding contract terminology

   Forming contractsUnderstanding 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          T. Radio

   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

      • Accidents

      • Accelerations

Identifying and Resolving Ethical Issues in Construction          M. Gherty

   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

Insurance and Bonding Issues in Construction          A. Bergstrom

   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


Adina R. Bergstrom

Partner with Sauro & Bergstrom in Oakdale

Ms. Bergstrom is one of the founding partners of Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC, a plaintiff’s firm located in Oakdale, Minnesota. With a background in insurance claims and regulatory compliance, she has decades of experience analyzing, resolving, and litigating insurance claim disputes and construction matters both as a plaintiff’s attorney and formerly as staff counsel for several large insurance companies. She regularly handles insurance appraisals, arbitrations, and litigation at both district and appellate courts in Minnesota and elsewhere. She has served as an expert on insurance coverage and bad faith issues. Ms. Bergstrom is an active member of several national organizations, including the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section, where she has served for numerous years as a vice co-chair on the Property Insurance Litigation Committee. Ms. Bergstrom was named by Minnesota Law and Politics as a Rising Star in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and as a Super Lawyer in 2014 - 2018. She was also selected for the National Business Directory for Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2018 as a top insurance coverage litigator.

Molly Gherty

Attorney with Felhaber Larson
Ms. Gherty focuses her practice in the areas of business and corporate organizations, real estate and intellectual property. She enjoys helping clients swiftly achieve their business goals in order to enhance their development and business activity. Detail-oriented, personable and client-centric, Ms. Gherty excels at translating clients’ goals into legal realities. She received her J.D. degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, magna cum laude, in 2011. Ms. Gherty was named a 2014 Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Thomas Radio

Attorney with Felhaber Larson
Mr. Radio is a member of the firm’s Construction, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Real Estate practice areas. He provides a range of services and creative solutions for corporations, individuals, non-profit organizations, and public entities on issues related to construction, real estate valuation, and land use. He has acted as counsel for both private and public entities on construction, land use, eminent domain, and land valuation matters. He has represented owners and developers who sought governmental approvals, and faced special assessment and eminent domain proceedings. For those in the construction industry, Mr. Radio has been adept at negotiating construction contracts, litigating payment, delay, and defect claims and resolving bid disputes. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator, and he is listed on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Rule 114 roster of qualified neutrals.Mr. Radio has been named a certified civil law trial specialist and certified real property law specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and has been recognized as a Minnesota “Leading Attorney” and Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics. He has also achieved an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Michael S. Rowley

Attorney with Goetz & Eckland P.A. in Minneapolis

Mr. Rowley primarily practices in commercial and residential construction defect litigation. He has extensive experience representing all types of parties, including cities and school districts, private owners, design professionals, contractors, and their insurance companies. He has drafted and defended numerous construction contracts for commercial and residential projects. His practice includes analysis and motions involving contractual indemnity and insurance coverage related to construction projects. He is a frequent speaker on construction defect topics to insurance industry groups and in continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Rowley is a board member of the Construction Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is named a Minnesota Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics.

Jon R. Steckler

Attorney at The Coleman Law Firm, LLC, in Minneapolis

Mr. Steckler’s practice is focused on the areas of commercial law and litigation/appeals, including construction law and ethics, insurance coverage and defense, real estate, franchise, and general business law. Mr. Steckler represents construction project owners and developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design/engineer professionals. He routinely prepares and negotiates complex contracts for clients in all facets of the construction industry and has successfully represented them in related litigation and arbitration matters in state and federal jurisdictions nationwide. Mr. Steckler regularly represents clients in complex transactional and litigation matters involving buy-sell agreements, commercial contracts and leases, construction and design defect claims, insurance coverage and defense, product liability, and franchise/dealership disputes.