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Presenter: John Becker and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Princeton, NJ

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14903

Product Number: 17 NJENGLWE 11 28 CDMN

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Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):       12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:           1:15 - 5:00 pm

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
J. Haftek Jr.

   Reviewing the necessary elements of any contract
   Understanding contract “legalese”
      • Determining performance
      • What constitutes a breach of contract?
      • What are damages and remedies?
      • Liability-shifting contract provisions:
         warranties, guaranteesand indemnities
   Making changes to contracts

Professional Liability Law
C. Demareski

   Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
   Identifying who can bring a claim
   Examining common sources of professional liability claims
   Reviewing defenses to liability claims
   Determining damages
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
   Obtaining insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct
J. Suarez

    Sealing of documents
   Standards for responsible charge of engineering work
   Unauthorized practice of engineering
   National Society of Professional Engineers’ Code of Ethics

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice
A. Cimino Jr.

   Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk:
      complementary or conflicting duties?
   Protecting the environment: meeting or exceeding legal requirements
   Watching the bottom line:
      identifying and balancing economic pressures in design and construction
   Integrating new technologies:
      identifying and balancing thebenefits and risks

Developments in Federal and New Jersey Environmental Law
S. Humphreys

   Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
      • Pollution prevention
      • Water quality enforcement
      • Stormwater permitting
      • Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
   Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the
   New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices of the
New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
J. Becker

   Understanding the Board’s disciplinary powers
   Reviewing prohibited practices and grounds for disciplinary action
   Investigatory procedures
   Disciplinary hearings
   Administrative and other penalties and enforcement


John Becker

Partner at Thompson Becker & Brothwell, LLC in Cherry Hill
Mr. Becker is a graduate of Glassboro State College (B.A. cum laude, 1987) and Rutgers University Law School (J.D., 1990). He is a member of the Camden County, New Jersey State, and American Bar Associations. Mr. Becker has 25 years of experience representing architects, engineers, land surveyors, contractors and related construction professionals. He is a frequent lecturer on AIA contracts and design professional liability. Mr. Becker is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Andrew S. Cimino, Jr.

Partner at Cimino & Filippone, LLC in Hazlet
Mr. Cimino’s practice includes the entire range of litigation, with specialization in the defense of professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, physicians, surveyors, and home inspectors. His practice also includes residential and commercial real estate transactions, trust and estate planning, and municipal court appearances. Prior to starting his own practice, Mr. Cimino was associated with the firm of Ruprecht, Hart & Weeks, LLP, where he was responsible for defending various railroads and architects/engineers. He has also worked as in-house counsel for a major professional liability insurance company. Prior to that, Mr. Cimino was an associate with Peterpaul, Clark & Corcoran LLP, where handled various aspects of litigation.

Craig Demareski

Partner at Connell Foley in Roseland
Mr. Demareski represents clients in a wide range of professional liability, construction and complex commercial litigation matters. In particular, he regularly defends engineers and other professionals in major professional malpractice litigation in both state and federal courts. His experience includes serving as trial counsel in professional malpractice and business litigation matters, as well as managing trial teams in large, complex professional liability, construction and commercial litigation matters. Mr. DeMareski has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lafayette College and received his J.D. degree from Seton Hall Law School. His engineering background gives him a unique advantage in grasping complex technical issues in engineering malpractice cases, in communicating effectively with his engineering clients and in proposing and implementing effective legal strategies to resolve matters quickly and efficiently. When matters cannot be addressed through mediation or settlement, his trial experience makes him a strong advocate for his engineering clients in the courtroom.

Joseph R. Haftek, Jr.

Partner, Schenck, Price, Smith, & King LLP

Mr. Haftek joined Schenck, Price, Smith & King in 2014 and has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction professionals, design professionals and businesses in both state and federal courts. He has experience in handling all aspects of litigation, including prosecution and defense of bid protests, affirmative and construction lien claims; negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts; collection services; public and school bid protest and contract law issues; and providing general legal advice and guidance for each phase of the construction process. In addition to being co-chair of the Firm’s Construction Law Practice Group, where he heads the Bid Protest Team, Mr. Haftek is a member of the School Law Practice Group. He was selected to the 2016-2019 New Jersey Super Lawyers® list and to the 2014 New Jersey Rising Stars® list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Construction Litigation. In 2018 and 2019, he was included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” in Construction. Mr. Haftek is also a very active participant in the NJSBA Construction Law Section, and currently serves as the chairman of the Section. Mr. Haftek’s knowledge and experience have also been recognized with opportunities as a lecturer to both lawyers and construction industry professionals on topics ranging from construction contracts to public bidding and bid protests.

Steven Humphreys

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP- Parsipanny , NJ

Mr. Humphreys is an attorney with the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where he concentrates his practice on all aspects of environmental law and related counseling of businesses. He advises businesses on regulatory compliance and management of environmental risk in matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; and various other federal, state and local environmental laws, as well as the environmental aspects of business transactions.

Joseph Suarez

Partner at Suarez & Suarez in Jersey City
Mr. Suarez attended Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, and was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1982. Subsequent to serving a judicial clerkship with the Civil Assignment Judge in Hudson County, he practiced for a short while with a defense firm in Livingston, New Jersey, after which he became a member of Suarez & Suarez Attorneys at Law. He has been rated AV Preeminent, the highest peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards, continually since 2002. Mr. Suarez has been representing architects and engineers for over 30 years.