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Construction Contract Workshop

Presenter: Michael Bosse and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Portland, ME

Doubletree by Hilton
363 Maine Mall Road
Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 207-775-6161

This seminar is closed or full.

Agenda:

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

   Examining contract terminology:
      Parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance,
      breach, remedies, damages
   Understanding types of construction contracts:
      Payment method
      Award and selection
      Project delivery system
      Number of primes
      Legal description
   Studying roles and relationships of project participants
      Owners, architects/engineers, construction managers,
      contractors, subs and suppliers
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation


Reviewing Bidding Documents

   Invitation
   Bid form
   Instructions
   Bid bond
   Information
   Addenda


Reviewing Project Documents

   Use of standard forms or custom documents
   Agreement
   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

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


Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes

   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

   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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Architects
     7.0 Contact Hours (HSW)
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

Contractors
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.


Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW continuing education/contact hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Continuing education is not mandatory for Maine architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval for Maine engineers.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Partial attendance cannot be reported to the AIA.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in Florida and is deemed an approved sponsor in New York. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity.

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.

Speakers:

Michael Bosse

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
After clerking for Maine Supreme Court Justice Robert Clifford for a year after law school, Mr. Bosse dove straight into construction law, defending architects and engineers in construction cases at a small Portland insurance defense firm. Since joining Bernstein Shur a decade and a half ago, Mr. Bosse has had the pleasure of representing the full panoply of participants on a construction project: developers, owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, lenders, and sureties in everything from contract negotiation and administration to construction claims, collection efforts, and litigation. He has quickly grown to the chair of the firm’s Construction Practice Group, building his practice into a truly regional one, covering primarily Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. In service to his firm, Mr. Bosse ran for and was elected to the firm’s Compensation Committee and has served for the past five years in that capacity, and he also serves as the co-chair for the Litigation Practice Group.

George Burns

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Mr. Burns has been practicing law for over four decades and focuses on litigating and arbitrating business and construction disputes. He currently serves as a member of the Bernstein Shur Board of Directors and he is also a member of the Business, Construction, Succession Planning and Litigation Practice Groups. His trial experience is wide-ranging, from securities claims and partnership disputes, to construction cases involving schools, power plants, and bridges.Mr. Burns is a member of the Commercial Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and the Maine Supreme Court has appointed him as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator for its Court Alternative Dispute Service (CADRES). He has also helped draft legislation related to securities law and multiple defendant litigation, and has served on Chief Justice Saufley’s Business and Consumer Docket Advisory Committee. Mr. Burns frequently shares his expertise in construction law, as well as related areas like insurance and product liability, in lectures and seminars around the country.

Asha Echeverria

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Ms. Echeverria is a member of Bernstein Shur’s Construction, Energy, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Technology Practice Groups, and her specialty is dispute resolution involving construction, energy, insurance, and banking claims. Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, Ms. Echeverria was a civil engineer at Parsons Brinckerhoff, designing and coordinating construction and demolition projects, as well as state and federal transportation and highway safety projects. In addition to being an attorney she is a licensed professional engineer, with LEED accreditation and years of experience designing and coordinating multi-million dollar projects as a civil engineer with Parsons Brinckerhoff. Her firsthand experience with the ins and outs of construction, demolition, and green-energy projects makes her an especially effective advocate in litigation matters and contract negotiations spanning those fields.

Meredith Eilers

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
Ms. Eilers is a focused and detail-oriented litigator who enjoys working closely with clients to achieve the best possible results for them, whether through pre-litigation negotiation, alternative dispute resolution, or litigation if necessary. Earlier in her career and prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Eilers worked in the public sector and gained valuable business insight managing a state-wide nonprofit organization in California and serving on the board of directors for a nonprofit educational bookstore. Today, as a member of Bernstein Shur’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and Construction Law Practice Groups, her practice focuses on helping clients resolve a wide variety of legal matters, including, among others, disputes involving the Uniform Commercial Code, risk management, products liability, and contracts. Before joining Bernstein Shur, Ms. Eilers served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Justice Jon D. Levy of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Conor Shankman

Attorney with Bernstein Shur
With a background as an online instructional designer and educational technologist, Mr. Shankman possesses a nuanced understanding of modern technology and a penchant for communicating clearly to any kind of audience. He is currently a member of Bernstein Shur’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Mr. Shankman’s experience and insight come in handy, especially when he’s assisting organizations that need litigation support and counsel in data, privacy, and technology integration. No matter what kind of case he’s working on, he always strives to find the most creative and effective solutions for his clients—and delivers them with good humor and humility.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

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