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Presenter: Philip H. Burrus and 5 more

Recording Date:

Recording Location: Atlanta, GA

Type: CD/Manual Package

Product Code: 16289

Product Number: 19 GAENGLWE 9 25 CDMN TB

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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. Carroll

   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 
R. Storrs

   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

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers
C. Smith

   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

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: Patents,
Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
P. Burrus

   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

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers
M. Foree

   Cyber security threats and business exposure to data breaches
   Anatomy of a data breach or cyber attack and the spectrum of possible responses
   Coverage that is available under cyber Insurance policies
   Examples of actual cyber events, with lessons learned from those events

Developments in Federal and Georgia Environmental Law 
A. Thompson

   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 Georgia Environmental Protection Division


Philip H. Burrus

Philip H. Burrus of Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group, LLC, worked with Motorola, Inc. from 1997 through 2005. Serving as senior patent counsel, he was solely responsible for the intellectual property prosecution and portfolio management of the Energy Systems Group, a $700 million business. In 2005, to answer the needs of in-house counsel across Atlanta, he founded the Burrus Intellectual Property Law Group. He has extensive experience with intellectual property prosecution, as well as portfolio development and management, for businesses both small and large. With degrees in engineering, business and law, as well as experience as an entrepreneur, Mr. Burrus brings a broad and dynamic perspective to intellectual property issues. He is licensed to practice in Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, D.C. and before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Burrus was named a “Rising Star” in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine, and previously served as the chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Georgia.

S. Jake Carroll

S. Jake Carroll is an attorney in the Construction Law and Tort and Catastrophic Loss practice groups of Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP, where he represents commercial and corporate parties in a variety of litigation and corporate matters. Mr. Carroll’s construction practice encompasses representing contractors, subcontractors, owners, architects, engineers, and sureties. He handles payment disputes, delay claims, and construction and design defect cases. Mr. Carroll also assists his clients in negotiating and drafting construction contracts. He is an active member of the Construction Section of the Atlanta Bar Association, and frequently authors articles on construction-related topics. Mr. Carroll represents the firm’s manufacturing sector clients in payment disputes and design defects, and assists with product recalls, consumer complaints and media inquiries. He also assists clients with negotiating and drafting supply and end-user agreements. Mr. Carroll is licensed to practice in both Georgia and Florida.

Matthew N. Foree

Matthew N. Foree is Of Counsel in the Commercial Litigation and Construction Litigation National Practice Sections of Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP and is also a member of the firm’s Data Security, Privacy, and Cyber Liability practice team. His construction law practice includes the representation of design professionals, contractors, owners, and other clients in all types of construction disputes, including breach of contract and design defects. In his data security, privacy, and cyber liability practice, Mr. Foree advises and represents businesses in a variety of matters relating to data security and privacy laws. He has experience helping businesses respond to data breaches and comply with notification laws involving inadvertent disclosure of information. He also represents businesses in litigation matters related to data security and privacy.

Cooper Smith

Cooper Smith is a CRIS Broker and vice president of Greyling Insurance Brokerage where he negotiates and places coverage for large design firms, contractors, and law firms. He works with mid-sized to large clients, many with global exposure and complex insurance programs. In addition to being well versed in professional liability, property/casualty, and executive risk practice programs, Mr. Smith has negotiated a wide range of large and complex project-specific policies for professional liability, pollution liability, and builders risk programs. He performs risk management consulting for clients including preparation and presentation of educational seminars, compilation and analysis of risk surveys, recommendation of and coordination with legal counsel, and answering various client questions concerning insurance and risk issues impacting the construction and engineering industry. He holds the construction risk and insurance specialist (CRIS) professional designation from the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). Mr. Smith is a 2005 graduate of the University of Georgia, where he majored in risk management and insurance. He was a member of the Insurance Society and the Gamma Iota Sigma Honors Fraternity.

Richard J. Storrs

Richard J. Storrs practices law and serves as an ADR professional in Atlanta, Georgia, at The Storrs Law Firm. He has practiced construction law and commercial litigation in Atlanta since 1984. Mr. Storrs is known for being a creative and experienced mediator, focusing on resolving construction and commercial disputes. He also serves as a respected arbitrator in construction and commercial matters. Mr. Storrs also continues to represent clients in construction law matters, commercial litigation, and real estate issues. He also assists with forming and structuring organizations, drafting agreements, and avoiding disputes before they arise. Mr. Storrs has taught design and construction law since 2006, and he is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and Georgia State University College of Law. He has appeared at numerous seminars and has written extensively about construction law issues. His publications include authoring chapters since 2012 on no damage for delay clauses and surety law in the annual Construction Law Update. Mr. Storrs received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, where he graduated with honors and served as a notes editor of the Georgia Law Review.

Andrew M. Thompson

Andrew M. Thompson is a partner in Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP’s the Environmental/Land Use Practice and is a member of the Sustainability Practice Group. His practice includes environmental and commercial litigation in state and federal court, as well as in state administrative court. He has represented and advised clients in connection with a range of environmental and commercial issues, including defending enforcement actions by the U.S. EPA and state environmental agencies, toxic tort litigation, Clean Water Act permitting and compliance, insurance coverage litigation, hazardous waste, groundwater contamination, environmental cleanup and emergency response and other environmental matters. Mr. Thompson serves as an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law teaching a course in water law and environmental litigation. He is a board member for the Turner Environmental Law Clinic at the Emory School of Law, a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Environmental and Sustainability Committee and a member of the Defense Research Institute Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Section. He is on the advisory board of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Inc. and is a Class of 2012 graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership. Mr. Thompson received his J.D. degree, with distinction, from Emory University School of Law, where he was a notes and comments editor of the Emory Law Journal.