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Presenter: George Butler, III and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Grand Rapids, MI

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15450

Product Number: 18 MICCWKSP 9 13 CDMN MB

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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 - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials
S. Hilger

   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

Reviewing Bidding Documents
R. Jezdimir

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Reviewing Project Documents
S. Murphy

   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.)

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration
P. Drueke

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

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes
A. Vredenburg

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

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction Contracting
T. Stoepker

   Promoting impartial, merit-based award of construction contracts
   Ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance
   Creating a system of internal practices promoting contract
      compliance and ethical practices


George Butler, III

Dickinson Wright, LLP, Detroit
George Butler is a member of Dickinson Wright and has been practicing law since 1983. Mr. Butler is admitted in both Michigan and Massachusetts and in all levels of the Federal courts in the First and Sixth Circuits. Mr. Butler represents both private and public entities and maintains an extensive practice in the areas of real estate law, construction law, commercial law, education law and commercial litigation. Mr. Butler is a regular author and presenter on topics in his areas of practice.

Patrick Drueke

Rhoades McKee, Grand Rapids
Mr. Drueke is a transactional and litigation attorney who concentrates his practice in areas of real estate, construction, environmental and commercial litigation. He is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® Accredited Professional (LEED AP). He also frequently helps entrepreneurs and small businesses with their start up needs through a variety of economic development organizations. A member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Mr. Drueke is also a member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Commercial and Real Estate Development Committee and Real Property Section, the Grand Rapids Bar Association Real Property Section, and the US Green Building Council. He serves on the Building Owners and Managers Association as the president of the Board of Directors and the Home Building Association Educational Committee.

Ryan Jezdimir

Blevins Sanborn Jezdimir Zack PLC, Detroit

Mr. Jezdimir focuses his practice on construction law and litigation. He has counseled clients at all stages of a construction project–from bid to the final payment. He has prosecuted and defended against substantial extra compensation claims, obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict against a developer for fraud, and argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Mr. Jezdimir is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. He has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and as a top construction litigator by the magazine, DBusiness.

Scott R. Murphy

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP, Grand Rapids
Mr. Murphy is a partner in the Grand Rapids, office of Barnes& Thornburg LLP, where he serves as vice chair of the firm’sConstruction Law Practice Group. He has represented private andpublic companies, municipalities, contractors and subcontractorsin a wide range of construction disputes and risk managementcounseling. He has experience drafting construction agreementsfor a variety of applications ranging from distribution andmanufacturing centers to combined cycle power generationplants. Mr. Murphy also has deep litigation experience handlingconstruction defect claims, delay/acceleration claims, differingsite condition claims, superior knowledge claims and mechanicslien disputes. He is a member of the Construction Law Forum ofthe American Bar Association and the Association of Builders &Contractors.

Suzanne P. Sutherland

Suzanne P. Sutherland is an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP where she is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department.  Ms. Sutherland focuses her practice in the areas of development and construction matters and the acquisition, leasing, sale, and financing of real property.  She also counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement (including air quality and chemical regulation); remediation, corrective action and voluntary cleanups; environmental diligence for commercial and real estate “brownfields” transactions; and wetlands permits.  In addition to construction matters, she has experience counseling a range of clients on business planning, and on contract review, negotiation and preparation.

Andrew Vredenburg

Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., Grand Rapids
Mr. Vredenburg focuses on helping small to medium-sized businesses seize opportunities and overcome challenges. A significant part of his practice involves addressing the litigation needs of his clients. Mr. Vredenburg’s skills and experience are much broader, as he handles a myriad of transactions and matters that help clients profitably run their businesses. Over the course of his career, he has routinely handled, business disputes, real estate and environmental matters, as well as construction litigation and development. Mr. Vredenburg has prepared contracts, construction liens and pursued and defended lien foreclosure actions for his many construction clients as well as assisted with business planning for contractors and developers.