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Presenter: W. Matthew Bryant and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Springfield, IL

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15107

Product Number: 18 ILCCWKSP 4 25 CDMN LH

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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 - 12:15 pm

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

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials
W. M. Bryant

   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

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes
J. Rohlfing

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

Reviewing Project Documents
S. Wasser

   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.)

Comparing Standardized Construction Documents
J. Weisberg

   American Institute of Architects
   Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC)

Reviewing Bidding Documents
H. Feldman

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration
R. Krauze

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Chain of command issues
   Changes and change orders
   Substantial and final completion
   Breach and pitfalls


W. Matthew Bryant

Partner with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

Mr. Bryant focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation. He has represented owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors in lawsuits relating to construction defects, mechanics liens, bond claims, delay claims, change order disputes and fraud. Mr. Bryant has represented condominium developers, condominium associations, and unit owners in litigation matters including defense and prosecution of claims alleging violation of state condominium statutes, failure to adequately manage condominium finances, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. He has defended design professionals against claims of professional negligence. Mr. Bryant has also represented businesses in commercial disputes, including issues of corporate ownership and control, breach of fiduciary duty, and non-competition agreements.

Howard Feldman

Partner with Feldman Wasser in Springfield
Mr. Feldman puts people first.  He fought for seven years in the infamous legal trial against the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), which fired 16 employees for their political affiliation.  When numerous Illinois prison inmates and their families came to him alleging mistreatment by the corrections system, he was happy to take on the government repeatedly to protect their civil rights.  Mr. Feldman has an impressive track record with the Illinois construction industry, where he is well-known for his ability to cut to the heart of matters and achieve business-friendly resolutions quickly. He is aided by in-depth regulatory knowledge acquired during his time as general counsel and special assistant attorney general for the Illinois Capital Development Board, which oversees all state construction projects.  Peers respect Mr. Feldman for his compassion and empathy for clients.  It is this principled commitment that has made him one of the most highly-regarded attorneys in central Illinois.

Raymond M. Krauze

Partner with K&L Gates in Chicago
Mr. Krauze focuses his practice in construction law and complex commercial litigation and disputes.  He has represented major contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, material suppliers, and condominium associations in all aspects of complex construction litigation, including breach of contract, construction defects and omissions, fraud, express and implied warranties, and mechanics lien claims.  He has experience regarding issues arising from the design and construction of commercial and multi-unit residential condominium properties.  In addition, Mr. Krauze counsels clients on all manner of construction-related contract drafting and negotiation.  In the complex commercial litigation area, he has handled matters involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, and business torts, as well as claims involving violations of federal and state statutes.  Mr. Krauze has extensive experience before federal and state courts as well as other alternative dispute resolution forums.

James T. Rohlfing

Partner with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP in Chicago
Mr. Rohlfing’s practice is focused in the areas of construction lawand business litigation.  Since being admitted to the Illinois bar in 1982, he has represented subcontractors, contractors and others in the construction industry.  He has led dozens of trials and appeals involving business litigation and construction law.  Mr. Rohlfing has drafted and assisted in passing Illinois legislation critical to contractors and the construction industry in general. In addition, he has authored numerous articles on construction law and litigation, and he is frequently invited to speak on commercial litigation and construction law topics before construction industry groups and practicing attorneys.  He is general counsel and past president of the Illinois Mechanical & Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA), the largest organization for subcontractors in Illinois.  Mr. Rohlfing is an active member of IMSCA, the Chicago Bar Association’s Construction Law committee, and the Association of Subcontractors and Affiliates in Chicago.

Stanley N. “Stan” Wasser

Partner with Feldman Wasser in Springfield
Mr. Wasser has more than 25 years’ experience as an attorney in construction matters.  He knows the terminology, concepts, issues, contracts, and documentation of the industry.  With a uniquecombination of government experience as chief counsel to the Illinois Department of Transportation, general counsel to the Illinois Bureau of the Budget, an assistant attorney general, and an Illinois Comptroller’s counsel, Mr. Wasser has deep insight into the regulations, requirements and practices governing public construction.  He is also well-versed in labor and contractor-subcontractor disputes, for which he receives many referrals.  Putting himself in the client’s shoes means understanding the critical cost-benefit questions that any business must address when faced with a legal challenge.

Justin L. Weisberg

Justin L. Weisberg is a partner at Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C. Mr. Weisberg’s practice focuses on construction law. He represents private, public, local, and international clients in a variety of construction-related transactions and litigation matters. Mr. Weisberg has a background in professional engineering, giving him added insight and understanding into his client’s cases. His experience has included contract negotiation, counseling, litigation and dispute resolution relating to numerous projects for office, commercial, and residential buildings, and for nuclear and coal-fired power plants, manufacturing facilities, laboratories, water distribution systems, waste water treatment facilities, schools, libraries, stadiums, exposition centers, governmental facilities, roads, bridges, transit stations, refineries, and single family residences.