HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Jeremy S. Baker and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Lombard, IL

Type: Streamable MP4 Video / Downloadable MP3 + PDF Manual

Product Code: 15560

Product Number: 18 ILENGLAW 5 30 MPDF

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


This learning activity provides up to 6.7 continuing education hours to engineers. It is incumbent on each participant to know if this learning methodology qualifies for continuing education credit for their professional license. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility, or contact HalfMoon Education for assistance. This activity does not qualify for AIA Learning Units.

How to Use

Streamable/downloadable self-study formats are available approximately 5 weeks after the date of the live event. Please allow up to 4 hours to download the audio file. This time varies greatly depending on internet speed.

The streamable MP4 video self-study package includes a video recording of the presentation as well as a PDF of the manual that was given to attendees. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

You will be required to complete a follow-up quiz with 80% or greater accuracy (multiple attempts allowed) at the conclusion of the presentation if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.
The downloadable self-study package includes an MP3 format audio recording of a live seminar and a PDF of the manual that was distributed at the seminar. You will be required to download both the audio recording and the manual. The manual contains written materials prepared by the seminar speaker(s).

The audio file contains embedded number codes, which you are required to document and return to HalfMoon if you wish to obtain a certificate of completion for the program. The acceptance of self-administered continuing education activities vary widely between states and professions. Before undertaking any self-study effort, you should review the rules of your licensing/certifying entity.

HalfMoon Education guarantees its products. The self-study products are recorded from a live seminar and there are circumstances where an audio recording is not available. HalfMoon will contact you and issue a full refund if the product you ordered is not available. If you are not happy with a product you receive, you can return the product for a full refund. However, refunds will not be issued if completion certificates are requested.


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

Engineering Business Law
T. Rabel

   Understanding forms of business organizations
   Complying with regulations governing design firms
   Understanding tax issues for business organizations
   Understanding employment law issues

Overview of Contract Law
W.M. Bryant

   Reviewing standard forms of agreement
   Understanding contract documents and formation
   Determining scope of services and changes
   Specifying risk allocation provisions
   Handling problems with contract performance

Professional Liability Law
J. Baker

   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

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers
B. Schoumacher

   Understanding business insurance coverage:  general liability vs. professional liability policies
   Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
   Understanding insurance policies:
      - Indemnities
      - Assignment
      - Insurance availability
      - Warranties, guarantees and certifications
   Recognizing and responding to claims

Developments in Federal and Illinois Environmental Law
H. Sheldon

   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 US EPA and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:  Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
S. Smilie
   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


Jeremy S. Baker

Partner with Schiff Hardin LLP

Mr. Baker is a construction attorney who emphasizes dispute avoidance and cost-efficient resolution of claims. He represents property owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, design-builders, construction managers, material suppliers and lenders in all aspects of design and construction, from contract negotiation through dispute resolution. He provides counsel and advocacy to avoid and resolve disputes involving mechanics liens, mortgage foreclosures, payment and performance bonds, delay, disruption, acceleration and labor productivity, payment, change orders and equitable adjustment of contract, design errors and omissions, construction defects, and insurance coverage. An experienced litigator, Mr. Baker has successfully prosecuted and defended lawsuits in more than 30 state and federal court jurisdictions. He frequently represents clients in American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitration proceedings and has won binding awards after contested evidentiary hearings. However, Mr. Baker also frequently resolves disputes through non-binding mediation without the need for arbitration or litigation.

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.

Timothy R. Rabel

Shareholder with Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.
Mr. Rabel concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, construction law, and corporate matters.  He has experience preparing and litigating mechanics liens and is a speaker at the firm’s regularly scheduled mechanics lien seminars.  He has experience in litigating contract claims, corporate dissolutions, and minority shareholder oppression actions, and in negotiating buy/sell agreements.

Bruce H. Schoumacher

Shareholder with Querrey & Harrow, Ltd.

Mr. Schoumacher is the group co-chair of Querry & Harrow’s Construction Practice Group, and he also practices in several other areas, including professional liability, product liability, commercial law, insurance, and antitrust. He works with a variety of professionals, including architects, engineers, contractors and manufacturers. Mr. Schoumacher is an author and contributor to a number of publications on construction law and an active speaker in the construction industry, having been featured at more than 140 seminars or meetings of the American College of Construction Lawyers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Power Engineering Society, the American Society of Military Engineers, the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and other groups. He is a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, past president of the Society of Illinois Construction Attorneys, and past chair of the Construction Law Section of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Harvey M. Sheldon

Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP
Mr. Sheldon has been engaged in the private practice of law, concentrating in environmental law, for more than 40 years, primarily on behalf of business clients.  He is a graduate of Harvard Law Schooland Amherst College.  He is a partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, based in Chicago, where he concentrates on environmental law issues.  He has been designated by peer vote as a “Leading Lawyer,” “Leading Attorney,” and “Super Lawyer,” and he has held an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over 30 years.  He was the regional counself or the United States EPA, Region 5, and the Chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Environmental Bureau before that.  He has taught environmental law at both Loyola University and John Marshall law schools.  Mr. Sheldon is a frequent contributor to ABA and other legal periodicals.  He also serves as a mediator in environmental and land use disputes.  Respecting wetlands and water law, Mr. Sheldon has advised clients on regulatory program requirements, development options, and use of wetlands law in the pursuit and opposition of developments of real estate throughout Illinois and elsewhere in the USA.

Scott W. Smilie

Partner with Patzik, Frank & Samotny Ltd.
Mr. Smilie is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of the firm. Mr. Smilie’s experience includes the prosecution, licensing, and litigation of patents, trademarks and copyrights.  As a member of the Patent Bar, he has prepared and prosecuted patents before the Patent and Trademark Office concerning diverse technologies including GPS-related systems, business methods, electrical connectors, coupler members for heavy-duty machinery, mechanical tools, and medical devices.  Mr. Smilie was admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1997, and he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.