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Presenter: Eric H. Biesecker and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Chapel Hill, NC

Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Phone: 919-883-0700

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 - 4:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials
J. Sperati

   Examining contract terminology:
      parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages
   Studying roles and relationships of project participants:
      owners, architects/engineers, construction managers, contractors, subs and suppliers
   Understanding the project delivery system:
      traditional design-bid-build, design-build, construction manager at risk, multiple prime contractor, owner control
   Understanding types of construction contracts:
      lump sum, cost plus, time and materials, unit pricing
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Review of Project Documents
J. Laurie

   Use of standard forms or custom documents
   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
E. Biesecker

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Changes and change orders
   Substantial and final completion
   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes
E. Biesecker

   Changed conditions
   Project documentation
   Delays, acceleration
   Handling payment claims and final payments
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.0 Contact Hours (HSW)
     6.0 AIA Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     6.0 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.0 contact hours (HSW) to architects and 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers, in all states*. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for North Carolina professional engineers.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can 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, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), and North Dakota.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors. It has not been submitted for course approval to 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.

*Excludes Florida architects.


Eric H. Biesecker

Member of Nexsen Pruet in Greensboro
Mr. Biesecker is a member of Nexsen Pruet, a law firm with eight offices throughout the Carolinas. He has extensive experience in the construction industry and regularly represents construction owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Biesecker has handled hundreds of lien and bond claims, defect and delay disputes, delay and disruption controversies, bidding challenges, product defects, andscope-of-work conflicts. He is the Triad Chapter counsel ofthe American Subcontractors’ Association of the Carolinas, past chairman of the Attorneys’ Council of the national American Subcontractors’ Association, a longtime memberof the Suppliers Counsel for Associated General Contractors, on the Government Affairs Committee of Associated Builders and Contractors, and a member of the Carolinas AGC.Mr. Biesecker has written and spoken on many topics related to the construction industry. He received his JD degree from the University of North Carolina and his BA degree from Wake Forest University. Mr. Biesecker has been ranked as a top lawyer in construction law by The Best Lawyers in America and by North Carolina’s Legal Elite. Martindale Hubbell rates Mr. Biesecker as an AV lawyer, the top rating.

James P. Laurie III

Principal Attorney with The Law Office of James P. Laurie III, PLLC
Mr. Laurie has been a construction litigator for 25 years, and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia. Mr. Laurie represents owners, architects, engineers, developers, sureties, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. He is an arbitrator and mediator on the Construction Industry Panel of the American Arbitration Association. Mr. Laurie teaches Business Law and Legal Ethics and Corporate Governance for the MBA program at Strayer University. He is certified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA School in Chicago as an instructor for private sector compliance in safety and health. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and his law degree from Campbell University now in Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to his law career, Mr. Laurie worked as a human resources and safety director in manufacturing, transportation, and heavy industry.

John M. Sperati

Partner with Smith Debnam Narron Drake Saintsing & Myers, LLP
Mr. Sperati concentrates his practice in commercial creditor bankruptcy, foreclosure and real estate litigation, structured settlement transfer, judgment domestication and enforcement, construction litigation, commercial litigation, equipment leasing and finance and creditors’ rights. His clients include general contractors, custom homebuilders, subcontractors, owners, sureties, suppliers of materials and labor, developers, engineers, and demolition and salvage contractors. His representation of clients includes the protection of rights to payment on private and public construction projects; filing and enforcement of liens and bond claims; defense/prosecution of warranty claims; representation in civil litigation, arbitrations and mediations; and recovery of equipment and vehicles for leasing companies. Mr. Sperati was recently listed as a rising star in North Carolina Super Lawyers®.

Tuition Costs:

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

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