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Presenter: James Dixon and 4 more

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Recording Location: Middleburg Heights, OH

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14198

Product Number: 16H OHCCWKSP 9 30 CDMN

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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 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials         R. Remington

   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         J. Dixon


   Bid form


   Bid bond



Reviewing Contract Documents        R. O’Rourke

   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         P. Truax

   Insurance and indemnity issues

   Chain of command issues


   Changes and change orders


   Substantial and final completion

   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes         M. Wartko

   Changed conditions

   Project documentation

   Delays, acceleration

   Handling payment claims and final payments

   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation

   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties


James Dixon

Brouse McDowell, LPA, Cleveland, OH
Mr. Dixon is a partner of the law firm of Brouse McDowell, where he is a co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate & Construction practice group. Since 1997, Mr. Dixon has represented project developers, property owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, sureties, and design professionals. His work involves contract preparation and negotiation, contract administration, and dispute resolution. Mr. Dixon is a member of the Construction Industry Forum of the American Bar Association and the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Neutrals. He is admitted to practice in California and Ohio state courts and United States District Courts in Ohio and California. Mr. Dixon earned a B.A. degree from Denison University and a J.D. degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review.

R. Russell O'Rourke

Partner at Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
Mr. O’Rourke has successfully represented a broad range of subcontractors and suppliers in construction projects including public schools and universities across Ohio, large sporting facilities, water treatment facilities, high rise office buildings, and health care facilities. He represents construction subcontractors and suppliers in the areas of bidding, contract negotiation, change orders, claims and claims avoidance, dispute resolution, mechanics’ liens and bond claims. He has authored the seminal book Ohio Mechanics’ Liens and Materialmen’s Liens third edition, published by the Thompson/Reuters Publishing Company. Mr. O’Rourke speaks frequently on construction law topics for numerous construction trade organizations, both local and national, and for the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and others providing continuing legal education credits to other attorneys. He is an adjunct professor of law at Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University. He was named a 2016 Super Lawyer in Ohio.

Rob Remington

Partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Mr. Remington serves as a member of Hahn Loeser’s board of directors; chair of HL Construction Law, the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group; and co-chair of the firm’s Litigation Area. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, owners, lenders, material suppliers, design professionals and sureties in a wide variety of construction-related matters. His practice includes acting as regional construction counsel to a Fortune 100 company and representing some of the largest privately-held contractors and owners in the United States. Mr. Remington has significant experience in all aspects of construction disputes, construction contracts, claims management and avoidance, green construction and construction insurance issues. He is a frequent speaker and author on a variety of construction-related topics. He has done extensive training for clients nationally on construction law topics, including construction contracts, claims avoidance and management, project documentation, mechanics liens, bonds, bond claims, and project delivery methods. Mr. Remington is listed in the 2004-15 editions of Chambers USA: Leading Lawyers for Business for Construction Law, the 2008-16 editions of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction, and the 2004-16 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers. He is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Phil Truax

Wickens, Herzer, Panza, Cook & Batista Co., Avon, OH
Mr. Truax chairs the Real Estate & Construction Department and serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He focuses primarily on construction and real estate matters, and litigating business disputes. Mr. Truax works with contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and design professionals to negotiate their contracts; manage project-specific risks; and preserve, pursue, and defend claims in connection with public and private improvement projects. Prior to practicing law, he worked in the field for multiple contractors, giving him invaluable experience in various areas of construction. That practical knowledge has allowed Mr. Truax to develop a practice of advising and counseling clients to assess and manage risk in construction, manufacturing and various other industries. Mr. Truax also routinely represents companies and individuals in commercial disputes, including litigating trade secret, non-competition, and other complex contract and tort claims. Throughout his career, Mr. Truax has litigated and tried numerous actions to judgment in state and federal courts, as well as in private arbitrations. Mr. Truax has been recognized in 2014 through 2017 as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Matthew D. Wartko

Partner at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP
Mr. Wartko focuses his practice in the Construction Law Group and Litigation Area. As part of the HL Construction Law Practice Group, he has primarily represented owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and material suppliers in a variety of construction disputes both in the pre-litigation stage and in litigation, including handling mechanic’s lien and bond claims for public and private projects. Mr. Wartko also has experience drafting and negotiating construction contracts.