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Presenter: Robert Booth and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Austin, TX

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
500 North Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8181

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
David Tolin

   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

Reviewing Bidding Documents
Bill Erwin

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Reviewing Project Documents
Rebecca Moss

   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
Travis Brown, Monte James Jr.

   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
David Tolin

   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
Robert Booth

   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

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics)

     7.0 HSW CEPHs/CEHours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours (CEPHs) to architects in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Texas architects and engineers with continuing education requirements 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.

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


Robert Booth

Partner with Mills Shirley L.L.P., Galveston, TX
Mr. Booth is a partner at Mills Shirley LLP providing legal services to individuals, companies and local governments regarding compliance or disputes involving breach of contract, commercial and residential construction, premises liability, professional negligence, employment, real-property, property tax, maritime, residential tenancy, and personal injury. Although Mr. Booth represents clients across the state, he primarily practices in Houston, Galveston and the surrounding counties. Mr. Booth currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Texas Association of Defense Counsel, a statewide organization of civil defense trial lawyers. He served two terms as the elected representative for Galveston, Brazoria and Fort Bend county lawyers to the board of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, a division of the State Bar of Texas.

Travis Brown

Partner with Allensworth Porter, L.L.P., Austin, TX
Mr. Brown is board certified in construction law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His construction law practice includes construction litigation, lien and bond claims, project closeout, and professional liability. He regularly represents owners, engineers, architects, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Brown also assists commercial owners and contractors in project closeout disputes, by resolving lien claims and defective work at the end of a project, so that owners can move into permanent financing and all parties can obtain closure on the project in question. In addition, he defends design professionals in commercial design errors and omissions disputes.

Bill Erwin

Attorney at The Chapman Firm, Austin, TX
Mr. Erwin’s practice focuses on the transactional and dispute resolution aspects of construction law. His experience includes working with clients in all phases of the construction process with an emphasis on contract drafting and negotiation, prevention and resolution of claims, close-out, and dispute resolution. Mr. Erwin spent the first decade of his career as a commercial architect, where his practice encompassed all aspects of project design and construction on large-scale private real estate developments, as well as municipal and institutional projects. His regulatory and procurement expertise has proven invaluable on complex mixed-use and sustainably master-planned projects. His background in design and project management provides him a unique understanding of the complex technical issues involved in construction disputes and allows him to better serve clients before, during and post construction.

Monte James Jr.

Associate Attorney with Allensworth Porter, L.L.P., Austin, TX
Mr. James’ practice focuses on contract drafting and negotiation, corporate transactional work, and dispute resolution, including mediation, litigation, and arbitration. He works primarily for owners, developers, general contractors, architects, and engineers. Prior to joining Allensworth & Porter, Mr. James served as in-house counsel for GeoSouthern Energy Corporation, one of the largest privately-held oil and gas companies in the country. While at GeoSouthern, he handed corporate and real estate transactional work. His experience as corporate counsel brings a fresh and important perspective to the clients he serves.

Rebecca Moss

Attorney at The Chapman Firm, Austin, TX
Ms. Moss’s practice focuses on representing contractors, owners and developers in transactional and litigation matters arising out of construction projects, including design and construction contract preparation and negotiation, contract administration, risk-evaluation and assessment, prevention and resolution of construction-related claims, guidance through the lien and bond process, project close-out, and dispute resolution. Previously, Ms. Moss was a project finance attorney where she worked on complex transactions that required new construction and involved both private and public funds. Through this work she learned the importance of having accurate contracts governing the design, engineering and construction of the project and mechanisms to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes. She has also worked as a government affairs consultant for Texas-based companies where she provided information and analysis regarding the effects of state and federal proposals on business operations.

David Tolin

Attorney at Cokinos Young, Austin, TX
Mr.Tolin, focuses his practice on the transactional aspects of construction law and routinely assists clients in preparing and negotiating all types of contracts and related project documents. He also counsels clients on business and legal issues that arise during construction projects and helps clients assert and protect their mechanic’s lien and bond rights. He has represented a variety of clients in construction litigation and successfully negotiated multiple settlement agreements.

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.