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Presenter: Craig C. Dirrim and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Lincoln, NE

The Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel
333 South 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: 402-474-7474

This seminar is closed or full.


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
Craig C. Dirrim

   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
   Understanding types of construction contracts: lump sum, cost plus, time and materials, unit pricing
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents
Todd W. Weidemann

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Reviewing Project Documents
Bruce A. Smith

   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
Monica L. Freeman

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

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes
Patrick T. Vint

   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
Allen L. Overcash

   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

     7.0 HSW CEUs
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics Hour)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 HSW CEUs to Nebraska architects and 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Nebraska professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Nebraska.

Nebraska architects please note, this seminar does not address required code subject matter. Excess general CEUs can be carried over to the following compliance period. Refer to continuing education rules for details.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This seminar also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been submitted to any state contractor licensing board for continuing education credit approval.

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.


Craig C. Dirrim

Partner, Woods & Aitken LLP
Mr. Dirrim joined the firm in 1994 with an emphasis in construction law, bid protests, and commercial litigation. He represents private and public owners, architects, contractors, subcontractors, taxpayers, vendors, and suppliers. Mr. Dirrim is the lead editor and co-author of Nebraska Construction Law (HLK Global, 2008). Before joining the firm, Mr. Dirrim served as the judicial law clerk for the Honorable Donald D. Hopwood, Superior Court Judge in Kodiak, Alaska, from 1993 to 1994.

Monica L. Freeman

Partner, Woods & Aitken LLP
Ms. Freeman counsels business owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals on construction and commercial disputes, contract formation, and negotiations. She also advises clients on construction lien and bond claims, delay and/or acceleration claims, differing site conditions, extra work claims, and construction defects. Ms. Freeman is experienced in all stages of the litigation process and conducts all activities necessary to take a complex case to trial.

Allen L. Overcash

Of Counsel, Woods & Aitken LLP
Mr. Overcash has over 50 years of experience as an attorney advocate in construction law, primarily representing general contractors, subcontractors, specialty contractors, owners, sureties, and design professionals. His practice focuses on large complex construction cases with claims valued to $60 million. Mr. Overcash also serves as an ADR neutral who works to settle disputes in the construction industry. He is a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers and College of Commercial Arbitrators. Mr. Overcash received the Cornerstone Award (2002) in recognition of distinguished service to the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the highest award presented by the Forum on Construction Law. He is an adjunct professor of Construction Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Bruce A. Smith

Partner, Woods & Aitken LLP
Mr. Smith has practiced with the firm since January 1999. His practice encompasses all phases of litigation, arbitration, and mediation with the vast majority of his time spent on construction and insurance law and the remainder of his time divided between other civil, commercial, and personal injury litigation. In the area of construction law, in addition to representing clients in litigation, arbitration and mediation, Mr. Smith routinely represents owners, architects and engineers, general contractors and subcontractors in contract negotiations, contract review, and the development of standard form contracts, and he advises these clients regarding contractual transfer of risk.

Patrick T. Vint

Associate, Woods & Aitken LLP
Mr. Vint focuses his practice on construction law and commercial litigation. He is experienced in all aspects of litigation, including dispute resolution through arbitration and mediation. Mr. Vint represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors in construction-related claims and disputes. He also advises clients on how to manage risk and prevent future litigation. His experience includes litigation in the areas of business, real estate, contracts, insurance coverage, and labor and employment.

Todd W. Weidemann

Partner, Woods & Aitken LLP
For 20 years, Mr. Weidemann has focused his practice on civil litigation, construction law, and general commercial law. He represents construction contractors, owners, sureties, and design professionals in litigation and non-litigation construction-related matters, including contract review and negotiation, project management, dispute and claim avoidance, and dispute resolution through mediation, arbitration or litigation. His civil litigation practice includes representation of private companies and individuals in commercial disputes. Mr. Weidemann also represents individuals and private companies on matters related to commercial law, including contract formation and dispute resolution.

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.