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Presenter: Brian L. Buzby and 5 more

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Recording Location: Worthington, OH

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14765

Product Number: 17 OHCCWKSP 8 18 CDMN CP

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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
J. Hutson

   Examining contract terminology: parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages
   Studying roles and relationships of project participants:
      Owners, architects/engineers, construction managers, contractors, subs and suppliers
   Understanding the project delivery system:
      traditional design-bid-build, design-build, construction manager at risk, multiple prime contractor, owner control
   Understanding types of construction contracts:
      lump sum, cost plus, time and materials, unit pricing
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents
P. Devine

   Role of design professional
   Instructions to bidders
   Proprietary specifications
   Bid form
   Bid bond
   Criteria for contract award
   Bid review process
   Bid protests and procedures
   Procedures for withdrawal of bids
   Acceptance of bids
   Notice to award
   Notice to proceed

Reviewing Project Documents
B. Buzby

   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
M. Passella

   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
R. Sherman

   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
D. Holthus

   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


Brian L. Buzby

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Columbus
Mr. Buzby is a trial attorney with more than 40 years of experience representing clients in court, arbitration, and mediation on a wide range of business disputes. His trial practice emphasizes construction, representing project owners, contractors, and design and engineering professionals on construction projects. Mr. Buzby counsels clients in the areas of real estate, energy, and general business counseling and litigation. He has experience throughout the construction industry in the negotiation and preparation of construction contracts, project performance and the resolution of construction claims and disputes.

Patrick A. Devine

Senior Counsel, Ice Miller LLP

Mr. Devine is senior counsel and a construction attorney in the firm’s Litigation Group. His emphasis is public construction contracts, project delivery methods, competitive bidding issues, prevailing wage compliance, and DBE/MBE requirements. In addition, he litigates cases and administrative actions on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Devine has authored numerous articles on construction and administrative law issues.

Doug Holthus

Partner, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA

Mr. Holthus’ primary areas of focus are the defense of construction, governmental liability, and employment and general liability claims. He has tried, advocated and arbitrated nearly one hundred cases before civil juries, administrative licensing and other boards and arbitration panels throughout Ohio, as well as Illinois and California, in both state and federal courts. Among his other professional and civic positions, Mr. Holthus is past chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and is a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

Jeffrey W. Hutson

Partner, Lane Alton
Mr. Hutson has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. He is the past chair of the Construction Law Committee of the Columbus Bar Association and a member of its ADR Committee. He serves by assignment as a referee in the Ohio Court of Claims. Mr. Hutson is a member of the American Bar Association and its Forum Committee on the Construction Industry. He is a member of the Commercial and Construction panels of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Hutson has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer in Construction Law by Law & Politics Media Inc. (current) and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in personal injury litigation.

Michael V. Passella

Of Counsel, McNees Wallace & Nurick
Mr. Passella’s broad litigation practice focuses on public and private construction law, commercial litigation, real estate, and oil and gas. He represents developers, owners, architects, engineers, construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and sureties in a wide variety of construction-related disputes, including contract negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. Mr. Passella has extensive experience with insurance coverage litigation on behalf of construction industry and other policyholder clients.

Ryan Sherman

Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP, Columbus
Mr. Sherman is a partner in Porter Wright’s litigation department and co-chairs the firm’s construction practice group. He concentrates his practice on complex commercial disputes, with a particular focus on construction matters. Mr. Sherman regularly represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and architects/engineers in contract matters, disputes, and litigation. He has been recognized by Chambers USA as a “Leader in the Field” for general commercial litigation, which described him as“one of the next generation of leading Ohio litigators.” Mr. Sherman has also been recognized as a Super Lawyers Rising Star every year since 2009. He received a B.A. degree from The Ohio State University and a J.D. degree from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. Mr. Sherman is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law, the Columbus Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee, and the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio.