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Presenter: Mark R. Becker and 5 more

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Recording Location: Bloomington, MN

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15135

Product Number: 18 MNENGLWE 5 10 CDMN PC

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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 - 4:30 pm

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
Justin Short

   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, guarantees and indemnities
   Making changes to contracts

Professional Liability Law
Sarah Roeder, John Thomas

   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
Kristine Kubes

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

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
Eduardo Drake

   Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
   Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises, and other technology agreements
   Policing intellectual property rights and preventing infringement
   Resolving intellectual property disputes

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice
Mark Becker
   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 the benefits and risks


Mark R. Becker

Shareholder with Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson in Minneapolis

Mr. Becker is a leading construction lawyer recognized for his skillful advocacy and professionalism in resolving his clients’ most challenging construction-related disputes or negotiating their most significant construction contracts. His experience and practice focus on innovative early mediation methods of dispute resolution set him apart from other lawyers with a traditional litigation-centric focus. Through his effective early mediation advocacy, Mr. Becker has successfully resolved many high-stakes, multi-party, and complex construction disputes for his clients before the onset of the most significant litigation expense. He employs early case evaluation, quantitative analysis, and strategic planning methods to guide clients through their disputes. Mr. Becker served as chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association in 2017. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

Mr. Becker received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, and his J.D. degree from University of Iowa College of Law. He is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Eduardo Drake

Founder at Fantastic IP Consulting
Mr. Drake is founder and chief intellectual property (IP) strategist at Fantastic IP Consulting.  He has been a registered patent attorney for nearly 20 years.  Mr. Drake adds value to businesses not only by expanding the thinking of executive leadership and top innovators, but also by building proactive IP protection systems and providing sound IP risk management and counseling.  He serves clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including licensing and due diligence.  His focus is patenting disruptive technologies of all kinds, including social-networking, business-method, computer-software, internet, green, medical and consumer-product innovations.  He is admitted to practice in Minnesota. Mr. Drake received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia after working on radar systems for GE.  He has been a “Super Lawyer” from 2005-2012.

Kristine Kubes

Principal of the Kubes Law Office, PLLC
Kubes serves the legal needs of design and construction professionals.  She concentrates her work on professional liability defense/ litigation, contracts, and proactive construction counseling, which involves addressing and cooperatively resolving project management, risk management, payment and surety issues.  Integrated with her legal practice, Ms. Kubes is a qualified neutral who mediates construction and design disputes.  A graduate of the College of St. Catherine and the University of Minnesota Law School, she is the Chair-Elect of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law.  Ms. Kubes is a frequent lecturer on legal issues on professional liability and ethics for the design professional.  She is an affiliate member of ACEC, AIA, and ASID.  Governor Pawlenty appointed Ms. Kubes to serve as a public member on the MN State Board of AELSLAGID in 2005; she served as the Board’s Chair from 2009 to 2011 and completed eight years of service on the Board in 2013.

Sarah Roeder

Member with DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore
Ms. Roeder focuses her practice in general civil litigation, with an emphasis in construction law.  She regularly represents general contractors and design professionals on cases related to residential and commercial buildings, associations, and data centers.  In her general litigation practice, Ms. Roeder has represented individual and corporate clients in a variety of matters ranging from wrongful death to products liability/warranty to debt collection in courts across Minnesota and the country.  She earned a J.D., cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas School of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, from Drake University.  She is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, the Minnesota Builders Exchange, and the Association of Women Contractors.  Ms. Roeder has been recognized as a Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star in Construction Litigation (2016-2017).  She has also been certified as a North Star Pro Bono Lawyer since 2015, focusing her volunteer efforts on helping veterans.

Justin Short

Partner with Best & Flanagan
Mr. Short is a partner in the firm’s Construction, Real Estate and Litigation practice groups where he represents prime contractors, subcontractors and commercial landowners.  Mr. Short specializes in construction claims relating to highway and bridge projects, Department of Transportation claims, federal MATOC agreements, mechanic’s liens, surety and bond claims, bid protests, indemnity obligations, construction contract disputes and commercial and multi-family residential construction defects.  He has represented contractors on these construction matters throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Arizona, Texas and Colorado.  Mr. Short is recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics and is a national lecturer on construction and real estate industry topics.

John Thomas

Member with DeWitt Mackall Crounse & Moore
Mr. Thomas concentrates his practice in the area of general civil litigation with an emphasis in construction law and product liability litigation.  He also has experience with professional liability litigation, secured transactions, creditors’ remedies and bankruptcy.  He represents clients in a variety of industries, including large corporations, general contractors, design professionals and insurance companies.  Mr. Thomas has also successfully litigated and tried to verdict a creditor’s nondischargeability fraud action against former investment advisor in Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding. Mr. Thomas received a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law and a B.A. degree from Xavier University.  He is a member of the Board of Directors Citizens Bancshares of Hutchinson Inc., the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Minnesota Bar Association and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association.