HalfMoon Education Inc. Knowledge Gets You There

Back to Search

Presenter: S. Omar Izfar and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Houston, TX

Marriott West Loop - By the Galleria
1750 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-960-0111

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 5:30 pm

Land Use Law                                                                                                 S.O. Izfar

   Understanding land use law
      • Governmental power and authority to zone
      • Governmental bodies with the power to zone
      • Comprehensive land use planning
   Finding existing land use laws and regulations
   Seeking zoning variances or rezoning
   Participating in zoning administrative appeals
   Participating in land use litigation

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law                                                 C. Nichols

   Understanding eminent domain powers
      • Source of eminent domain powers
      • History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
      • Types of eminent domain “takings”
   Participating in the condemnation process
   Appealing a condemnation decision
   Understanding regulatory “takings” and inverse condemnation

State and Federal Site Contamination Law                                                 A. Prieto

   Discovering existing soil and/or groundwater contamination
   Understanding applicable rules and regulations
   Understanding liability issues
   Exploring remediation and brownfield redevelopment

Civil Engineering Liability                                                                             A. Richie

   Understanding civil engineer’s duties and obligations
   Reviewing common professional liability causes of action:
      • Breach of contract, negligence, strict liability,
         fraud, misrepresentationIdentifying to whom the engineer owes a duty
   Complying with the standard of care
   Reviewing common defenses to liability
   Participating in the liability claims process and in liability litigation
   Implementing strategies to minimize professional liability claims

Handling Ethical Issues in Civil Engineering Practice                         B. Wheatley

   Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk:
      complementary or conflicting duties?
   Protecting the environment: meeting or exceeding
      legal requirements
   Watching the bottom line: identifying and balancing economic
      pressures in design and construction
   Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing the
      benefits and risks

Overview of Contract Law                                                                         S. Quadros

   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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar offers 7.5 PDHs,
including 1.0 ethics hour, to
Texas professional engineers.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Texas professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at 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. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


S. Omar Izfar

Attorney with Wilson Cribbs and Goren, PC

Mr. Izfar is an associate in the law firm of Wilson, Cribbs + Goren, a boutique real estate firm in Houston, where he represents real estate developers in land use and zoning, economic development, and general real estate matters. Prior to this, he was senior assistant city attorney in the City of Houston where he served as counsel to the Houston Planning Commission, the Houston Archeological and Historical Commission, and the Houston Tower Commission as well as advising various city departments on issues related to real estate development. Mr. Izfar obtained a J.D. degree from the Rutgers-Camden School of Law and a B.A. degree from Emory University.

Christopher Nichols

The Nichols Firm, Houston
Mr. Nichols is an attorney who concentrates his practice in municipal law, real estate and land use, economic development and general civil litigation. In his municipal law practice, he serves local municipalities on a variety of matters including real estate, land use law and zoning. Currently, Mr. Nichols is the city attorney for the City of Oak Ridge North, Texas, just north of Houston. Mr. Nichols also represents private sector clients on real estate matters including purchase agreements, commercial leasing and defaults, billboard regulation and lease negotiations, easement and license agreements, boundary disputes, condominium and property owner association, deed restriction and restrictive covenant interpretation and law enforcement, and wrongful foreclosures. Mr. Nichols is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Houston Bar Association.

Ashley Prieto

Porter Hedges, Houston
Ms. Prieto is of counsel in environmental section of Porter Hedges. Ms. Prieto counsels firm clients on environmental, health and safety issues relating to regulatory programs, including air and water quality, solid and hazardous waste, and oil and gas. She represents clients in a range of industries, including chemicals, construction, oil and gas, oilfield service, waste management and manufacturing. Ms. Prieto has represented clients involved in regulatory, permitting, remediation, compliance and enforcement matters, and she has participated in the negotiation of agreed orders in state and federal enforcement actions, represented clients performing remediation efforts pursuant to the Texas Voluntary Cleanup Program and represented clients in determining the applicability of state and federal regulatory programs. She has also represented clients involved in federal Superfund cost recovery litigation and corporate clients with respect to environmental due diligence.

Shannon A.S. Quadros

Kilmer Crosby & Walker, Houston
Mr. Quadros is a shareholder in the Houston office of Kilmer Crosby & Walker PLLC. He is a trial attorney focusing on construction, trade secret, and real estate litigation. Mr. Quadros has an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and extensive business experience in real estate transactions and development. He has worked with owners, developers, landlords and tenants in all areas of real estate acquisition, financing, development, leasing and sales. Mr. Quadros also serves as a mediator and arbitrator in the Houston area.

Adam Richie

Attorney at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin

Mr. Richie is an attorney in the construction and construction litigation sections of Munsch Hardt. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Richie worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at a prominent consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as general counsel. He is also one of a handful of attorneys in Texas credentialed as a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional (AP). He has experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects. Mr. Richie has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes.

Benton T. Wheatley

Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

Mr. Wheatley practices in the area of construction law with a focus on construction, design and engineering disputes and transactions. His practice has included: complex delay; impact; defective design; defective con­struction or differing site conditions claims involving mediation, litigation or arbitration; and problem project workouts, including negotiating with sureties and owners. He also has experience with the drafting and negotiation of complex construction, design and engineering contracts and environmental issues concerning construction projects. Mr. Wheatley is certified in Construction Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tuition Costs:

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

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