HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Presenter: Rebecca A. Bowman and 4 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Coraopolis, PA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 15671

Product Number: 18 PAENGLWE 12 20 CDMN CP

State-Specific Continuing Education Info:


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

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
J. Brahan

  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
J. Lippl

   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

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
M. Lazzara

   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

Developments in Federal and
Pennsylvania Environmental Law
R. Burns, Jr.

   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
      Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Ethics, Professional Conduct, and Discipline
R. Bowman

   Common way stations on the way down to ethical trouble
   Is the Code of Professional Responsibility binding?
   Not a good time for “forgiveness rather than permission”


Rebecca A. Bowman

Rebecca A. Bowman is a principal in the Law Office of Rebecca Bowman, a certified woman-owned business in McMurray, practicing in dispute resolution, estate planning, civil engineering, real estate, legal services, strategic development, and training. She is experienced in dispute resolution, estate planning and administration, engineering design and forensic analysis, construction/project management, real estate, small business start-up, employment law, and nonprofit support. She is a registered professional engineer and a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mrs. Bowman writes a column for the PE Reporter, “Risky Business,” and she lectures for the Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania State University, the Washington County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and others. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, her M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma University, and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University.

Jeffrey P. Brahan

Blumling & Gusky LLP in Pittsburgh

As a member of the firm’s Construction & Surety Industry Practice Group, Mr. Brahan concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Prior to joining Blumling & Gusky, Mr. Brahan was a partner at a mid-size Pittsburgh law firm where he practiced in the areas of commercial and construction litigation, as well as litigation involving labor and environmental issues. He has successfully litigated and tried cases in both State and Federal Court. He also has extensive experience in complex and multi-party litigation. Mr. Brahan is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Mr. Brahan received his B.A. degree in 1987 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1990, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Robert L. Burns, Jr.

Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC in Pittsburgh

Mr. Burns is a member of the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Section and focuses his practice on environmental law and its intersections with natural resources, development, construction, commercial transactions, litigation, manufacturing, and waste. In his construction practice, he provides counsel regarding the financing, development and management of construction projects, including related construction, design, engineering and architectural agreements, and concerning the purchase, remediation, construction and development of brownfields and “green” buildings. Mr. Burns holds two engineering degrees and is certified as an accredited professional under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard issued by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Mike Lazzara

Partner with Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl in Pittsburgh

Mr. Lazzara is a member of the Intellectual Property practice group. He focuses his law practice on all aspects of intellectual property law including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, and has practiced for 20 years as an intellectual property lawyer. Mr. Lazzara regularly handles matters including preparing and prosecuting patent, trademark and copyright applications; portfolio development; patentability opinions; patent infringement and validity studies; patent freedom-to-operate analyses; trademark clearance opinions; and general intellectual property counseling. He is a graduate of General Electric’s Technical Leadership Program and served, at various times, as a quality control engineer, manufacturing engineer, transportation logistics project manager, and Six Sigma Blackbelt for the locomotive manufacturing industry.

John E. Lippl, P.E.

Attorney at Law, in Pittsburgh

Mr. Lippl is both a licensed attorney and a registered professional engineer. He received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the Penn State University College of Engineering and a juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Lippl has worked as a project manager for major general contractors, as an attorney with several law firms and as general counsel for a contractor, before beginning his current practice focusing on the legal aspects of the construction process. He is a trained and experienced arbitrator and mediator and frequently lectures at both legal and construction related conferences. In his spare time, Mr. Lippl served as an officer with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His work as a civil engineer with the Navy took him to multiple countries, several continents and two tours of duty in Iraq – as a structural engineer on an anti-terror team and as executive officer of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.