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Presenter: Dale E. Butler and 4 more

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Recording Location: Arlington, TX

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 14910

Product Number: 17 TXCONLAW 11 29 CDMN MB

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:30 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:30 - 4:45 pm

Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting
J. Tolbert

   Understanding contract terminology
   Changes in work
   Ownership of documents 
   Differing site conditions 
   Dispute resolution
   UCC considerations 
   Contract types
   Pay if paid 
   Substantial completion
   Progress payments 
   Final payment

Construction Contracting in Traditional and Alternative Project Delivery Systems: Finding the Framework That’s Right for the Owner and the Project
G. Harwell

   Legal rights/duties of entities under design and construction contracts:
      allocating the risk among owners, contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers
   Design-bid-build: entering into construction contracts and agreements in the traditional construction process
   Design-build: contractor-led, designer-led, joint venture
   Construction manager and construction manager-at-risk

Protecting the Owner and the Project: Insurance and Bonding Issues in Construction
D. Butler

   Types of construction bonds
      • Performance 
      • Payment
      • Alternatives to bonds
   Other types of bonds
   Types of insurance
      • Commercial general liability insurance
      • Builder’s risk insurance
      • Errors and omissions insurance
      • Additional/alternative insurance
   Controlled insurance programs
   Claims and notice issues

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes During the Construction Process
A. Piel

   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
   Solving problems during the construction process
      • Site conditions 
      • Delays
      • Disruption 
      • Acceleration 
      • Accidents

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction
J. Gordon

   Avoiding ethical issues during the bidding process
   Gifts, favors and the appearance of impropriety
   Your duties to your employer, the project owner, and other project participants
   Adopting practices that minimize ethics issues


Dale E. Butler

Butler Law Firm, P.C., Flower Mound
Mr. Butler is the owner of Butler Law Firm, PC. His practice primarily involves construction law and commercial litigation.Mr. Butler frequently represents owners, developers, contractors, and subcontractors in construction disputes. He is a LEED accredited professional, and his practice includes drafting design and construction contracts for commercial, multi-family, mixed-use, and public projects. Mr. Butler also has a blog called The Toolbox, which can be located at www.blftoolboxblog.com. He graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1985 with a degree in Human Communication, and received his J.D. degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1994.

James C. Gordon

Gordon & Sykes, LLP, Fort Worth
Mr. Gordon is a civil trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience. His practice focuses on the resolution of business and construction disputes in cases involving breach of contract, delay, cost overruns, non-payment of subcontractors, and design problems. Mr. Gordon represents a spectrum of clients in trials and appeals in state and federal courts, and is a certified mediator. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Law, Mr. Gordon was licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in 1976. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell® and is board certified in construction law and in civil trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Gregory A. Harwell

Slates Harwell, LLP, Dallas
Mr. Harwell is a founding partner of Slates Harwell LLP, and he focuses his practice on representing general contractors, developers/owners, and volume homebuilders. He has practiced in the construction law specialty for over 25 years, working on project documents, risk management programs, and claims in arbitration and litigation. Mr. Harwell has prepared contracts and development agreements for commercial, industrial, retail, residential, and government projects across the United States and internationally. He is equally adept at handling claims that arise from construction projects, such as disputes involving thecountry’s largest ethanol plant in Nebraska, a DOE nuclear facility in Los Alamos, and various alternative energy projects.

Andrew Piel

Harrison Steck, P.C., Fort Worth
Mr. Piel is a native of Arlington and Tarrant County and obtained his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He began his legal career in 1997 as a prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, where he gained extensive jury trial experience. He then transitioned into civil litigation practice in 1999. Since then, he has handled a variety of complex litigation matters in the areas of construction law, lien law, contract law, real estate law, collections, and products liability, and he teaches classes in construction law. Mr. Piel has extensive experience in counseling businesses on legal questions related to their day-to-day operations and contractual relationships, and he has been trained as a mediator by the American Arbitration Association. He has been recognized byhis legal peers as a Texas Rising Star by Thomson Reuters in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, and as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Worth, Texas magazine in 2013 and 2014. Mr. Piel is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Construction Law Section of the Texas Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. He is vice-chair of the Construction Law Section of the Tarrant Bar. Mr. Piel has been active in his community as a former planning and zoning commissioner for the City of Arlington, a member of the Arlington ISD’s Capital Needs Steering Committee, and a member of the Board of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. He serves as a member of the Governmental Relations Committee of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, the Governmental Relations Committee of TEXO/AGC, and Arlington’s Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee. Mr. Piel is also active in Tarrant County political affairs.

Joe D. Tolbert

Director at Brackett & Ellis, P.C., in Fort Worth

Mr. Tolbert has represented businesses and individuals for more than 27 years. He counsels clients on a variety of business issues and has an active trial practice in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law. Mr. Tolbert is board certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a mark of excellence and a distinguishing accomplishment achieved by fewer than 100 practicing attorneys in the state of Texas. Board certified attorneys in Construction Law are specialists in transactions and relationships among contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, architects, engineers, governmental entities, insurers, sureties and lenders regarding development, design and construction on public and private projects.