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Presenter: W. Matthew Bryant and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Naperville, IL

Chicago Marriott Naperville
Naperville, IL 60563
Phone: 630-505-4900

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration                     8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session              8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own)      11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session          12:45 - 5:00 pm

Locating Land Boundaries on Paper (and on the Ground)         R. Olsen

Interpreting land descriptions

      • Metes and bounds

      • Lot and block

      • Dos and don’ts for writing descriptions

Applying principles of boundary location

      • Collecting and evaluating all types of boundary evidence: documents, physical evidence, people, surveys

      • Locating the described land on a map

      • Locating the described land on the ground

      • Understanding and using geographic information systems (GIS)

Solving land description and boundary location problems

Identifying, Classifying and Locating Private Easements         W.M. Bryant

What is and is not an easement

Reviewing Illinois law on easements

Creating easements: easements by necessity, easementsby use, written easements

Identifying critical distinctions between easements in gross, easements appurtenant and prescriptive easements

Maintaining easements

Knowing when and how to terminate easements

Obstructing use of easements and determining remedies for obstruction

Resolution of disputes involving easements

Defining Trespass and Adverse Possession         K. Davies

Defining trespass

Reviewing the history of adverse possession in Illinois

Maintaining a claim for adverse possession

Statute of limitations

Elements of a claim

Defending against a claim for adverse possession

Examining recent eminent domain cases

Understanding Riparian Rights and Access to Surface Water         H. Sheldon

History and development of riparian rights

Determining land boundaries near the water line

Determining access rights to surface waters

Limitations on rights to surface waters and surface run-off

How do modern environmental laws affect riparian rights?

Understanding Utility Easements and Rights of Way         J. Phillips

Current law on utility rights of way

      • Federal laws and regulations

      • State laws and regulations

Types of utilities affected

      • Electric, water, natural gas, telecommunications, satellite communications

Basis for and definition of the easement

Encroachments and interferences


Environmental issues

Condemnation law

Current issues involving utility easements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Attorneys
  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

     7.0 Illinois CLE Hours
     8.0 Wisconsin CLE Hours

Land Surveyors & Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 AAPL CEUs

This seminar is open to the public. This course is approved by the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois for 7.0 CLE hours. It is also approved by the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for 8.0 CLE hours for attorneys.

This seminar offers up to 7.0 PDHs to Illinois land surveyors and 7.0 PDHs to Illinois engineers to whom the subject matter is professionally relevant. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois. Land surveyors and engineers with continuing education requirements in other states will be able to able the hours from this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event.

The American Association of Professional Landmen has approved this seminar for 7.0 RL, RPL or CPL recertification credits and no CPL/ESA or ethics credits.

Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


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.

Kenneth Davies

Kenneth Davies is Of Counsel at the law firm Heyl, Royster, Voeckler & Allen.  Mr. Davies’ practice focuses in real estate and commercial transactions, corporate organization, real estate development, land use laws, property disputes, and estate planning. He has represented clients in the creation of multi-million dollar subdivisions and condominiums, business acquisitions, shopping centers, and franchise agreements requiring the negotiation of such issues as matters of title, surveys, and environmental clean-ups. An accomplished litigator, he has successfully argued in the Federal Court of Appeals, winning groundbreaking cases resulting in a change it the way the United States administers its flood insurance policies. Mr. Davies serves on the Illinois State Bar Association’s Real Estate Section Council. In addition to drafting and reviewing proposed legislation involving real estate matters, he lectures throughout Illinois on real estate including matters involving realtors and real estate brokers, contracts, agency, fair housing, licensing, construction law and antitrust.

Russell W. Olsen

Gasperec Elberts Consulting

Mr. Olsen is Senior Survey Manager with Gasperec Elberts Consulting in Rosemont, Illinois. Mr. Olsen has more than 30 years experience as a professional land surveyor in the Chicago metropolitan area. He is currently licensed as a land surveyor in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas. He has worked on various projects including commercial, residential, transportation, institutional and municipal projects. Mr. Olsen has a thorough understanding of principles, practices and procedures for the completion of ALTA surveys, topographic surveys, boundary surveys, legal descriptions and plats of easement. He has completed numerous Illinois Department of Transportation land acquisition and topographic surveys, DuPage County Transportation Department and Cook County Highway Department Plats of Highway, and various other ALTA surveys, plats of easements and legal descriptions. Mr. Olsen has held positions as chief of survey, project manager, land survey manager and GIS project manager throughout his career. These positions have provided him with the varying experiences of construction layout, topographic surveying, boundary verification and land conveyance practices. His responsibilities have also changed depending on the specific projects and client needs. Mr. Olsen is experienced in houseline surveying services for various homebuilders. These houseline surveys include permit plats, foundation surveys, grading surveys and final closing surveys.

Jonathan Phillips

Jonathan Phillips is a shareholder at the law firm Shay Phillips, Ltd.  Mr. Phillips focuses his practice on intellectual property and internet law, energy and utility law, and commercial litigation — especially in federal courts. At the Illinois Commerce Commission, he opposed several transmission and pipeline projects. Mr. Phillips has also created alternative routings (or defended against landowner created routing) for projects that have been adopted by the Commission. He has also opposed the grant of eminent domain power, and the exercise of that power in the Circuit Courts. Mr. Phillips assists landowners in easement negotiations with utilities, pipelines, and wind project developers.

Harvey Sheldon

Harvey Sheldon is a partner with the law firm 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 School and Amherst College. Mr. Sheldon 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 has held an “AV” ratingfrom Martindale-Hubbell over 30 years. He was the regional counsel for the United States EPA, Region 5, and the Chief ofthe Illinois Attorney General’s Environmental Bureau before that. He has taught environmental law at both Loyola University and John Marshall Law Schools. Respecting water law generally,Mr. Sheldon has advised clients on common law and statutory water rights, has litigated over water uses and discharges to water, and has negotiated statutory changes respecting water laws in Illinois and other states.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $269.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $269.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $249.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.