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Presenter: Michael Bosse and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: South Portland, ME

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14652

Product Number: 17 MECCWKSP 6 8 CDMN JB

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This audio recording is approximately 7 hours in length and is available for $289 (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 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials

   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

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Reviewing Project Documents

   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

   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

   Changed conditions
   Project documentation
   Delays, acceleration
   Handling payment claims and final payments
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction Contracting

   Promoting impartial, merit-based award of construction contracts
   Ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance
   Creating a system of internal practices promoting contract compliance
      and ethical practices


Michael Bosse

Attorney, Bernstein Shur in Portland
After clerking for Maine Supreme Court Justice Robert Clifford for a year after law school, Mr. Bosse dove straight into construction law, defending architects and engineers in construction cases at a small Portland insurance defense firm. Since joining Bernstein Shur a decade and a half ago, Mr. Bosse has had the pleasure of representing the full panoply of participants construction projects: developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, and sureties in everything from contract negotiation and administration to construction claims, collection efforts and litigation. He has quickly grown to the chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group, building his practice into a truly regional one, covering primarily Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. Bosse also has had experience with eminent domain matters, including litigation at the State Claims Commission, the trial courts in Maine and the Maine Supreme Court. In service to his firm, he ran for and was elected to the firm’s Compensation Committee and has served for the past five years in that capacity, and he also serves as the co-chair for the Litigation Practice Group.

George Burns

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Mr. Burns has been practicing law for over four decades and focuses on litigating and arbitrating business and construction disputes. He currently serves as a member of the Bernstein Shur Board of Directors and he is also a member of the Business, Construction, Succession Planning and Litigation Practice Groups. His trial experience is wide-ranging, from securities claims and partnership disputes, to construction cases involving schools, power plants, and bridges.Mr. Burns is a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and the Maine Supreme Court has appointed him as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator for its Court Alternative Dispute Service (CADRES). He has also helped draft legislation related to securities law and multiple defendant litigation, and has served on Chief Justice Saufley’s Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Committee. Mr. Burns frequently shares his expertise in construction law, as well as related areas like insurance and product liability, in lectures and seminars around the country.

Asha Echeverria

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Ms. Echeverria is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Construction, Energy, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Technology Practice Groups, and her specialty is dispute resolution involving construction, energy, insurance, and banking claims. Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Ms. Echeverria was a civil engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff, designing and coordinating construction and demolition projects, as well as state and federal transportation and highway safety projects. In addition to being an attorney she is a licensed professional engineer, with LEED accreditation and years of experience designing and coordinating multi-million dollar projects as a civil engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff. Her firsthand experience with the ins and outs of construction, demolition, and green-energy projects makes her an especially effective advocate in litigation matters and contract negotiations spanning those fields.

Meredith Eilers

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Ms. Eilers is a focused and detail-oriented litigator who enjoys working closely with clients to achieve the best possible results for them, whether through pre-litigation negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or litigation if necessary. Earlier in her career and prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Eilers worked in the public sector and gained valuable business insight managing a state-wide nonprofit organization in California and serving on the board of directors for a nonprofit educational bookstore. Today, as a member of Bernstein Shur’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Construction Law Practice Groups, her practice focuses on helping clients resolve a wide variety of legal matters, including, among others, disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code, risk management, products liability, and contracts. Before joining Bernstein Shur, Ms. Eilers served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice Jon D. Levy of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Conor Shankman

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
With a background as an online instructional designer and educational technologist, Mr. Shankman possesses a nuanced understanding of modern technology and a penchant for communicating clearly to any kind of audience. He is currently a member of Bernstein Shur’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Shankman’s experience and insight come in handy, especially when he’s assisting organizations that need litigation support and counsel in data, privacy, and technology integration. No matter what kind of case he’s working on, he always strives to find the most creative and effective solutions for his clients—and delivers them with good humor and humility.