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Managing Engineering Liability and Ethics Risks

Presenter: Richard J. Davies and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Camp Hill, PA

Radisson Hotel Harrisburg
1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Camp Hill, PA 17011
Phone: 717-763-7117

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 - 5:00 pm

Professional Conduct and the Standard of Care

   Identifying the various standards that can apply to your conduct
   Properly establishing your contractual standard of care
   Understanding standards of care imposed by public agencies andprofessional associations

Understanding How Contracts Can Shift, Reduce, or Increase Risk

   An overview of contract law and key concepts
   Understanding contract formation and a written contracts basic components
   Recognizing risks raised by the scope of services provided and the general terms and conditions applicable to them
   Learning how to avoid or manage those risks in negotiating your agreement

Law of Engineering Malpractice

   Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
   Identifying and examining common sources of professional liability claims
   Reviewing defenses to liability claims
   Appreciating the particular risks caused by your construction administration services
   Damages recoverable under various claims
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation

Complying with Licensure Board Rules & Regulations An Anatomy of a Professional Licensure Action

   Complying with and analyzing rules of practice
   Complying with rules on sealing of documents and plans
   Avoiding the unauthorized practice of engineering

Engineering Ethics & Compliance with Rules of Professional Conduct – A Case Study Method

   Complying with rules of professional conduct
   Discussion of ethics hypotheticals/case studies
   Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk:complementary or conflicting duties
   Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing thebenefits and risks
   Avoiding conflicts of interest
   Reviewing ethics case studies and hypotheticals

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar provides 7.0 PDHs toprofessional engineers, including 2.0 ethics hours.


Richard J. Davies

Shareholder with Powell Trachtman, PC, in King of Prussia
Mr. Davies focuses his practice on the representation of engineers, architects, and other design professionals, as well as manufacturers of complex products. He regularly acts as their consultant and advocate to address nearly all aspects of their professional practice, particularly those relating to risk management. Mr. Davies received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences, with a concentration in Physics, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. In 1986 he graduated from the Law School of the State University of New York, where he was a member of its Moot Court Board. He has substantial experience in various state and Federal courts and alternative dispute resolution forums and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.Mr. Davies regularly defends design professionals in actions and proceedings before courts, arbitrators, licensing boards, and mediators. Mr. Davies is a frequent lecturer on professional liability issues for engineers and architects and other design professionals. He has also authored numerous articles on these subjects. Mr. Davies is the co-editor of the PTLCB&L Design Professional’s Practice Bulletin.

Anthony S. Potter

Attorney with Powell Trachtman, PC, in Harrisburg
Mr. Potter focuses his practice on representation of design professionals in all phases of the construction process including contracting, allocating risks, pre-claim resolution, mediation, arbitration, and construction litigation. In addition, Mr. Potter provides counsel and representation to architects, engineers, and others on administrative law questions including professional licensing matters. In his position with Powell Trachtman, Mr. Potter currently acts as general counsel to AIA Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Civil Engineering and Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology Programs at Penn State Harrisburg. Mr. Potter is frequently called upon to provide seminars for design professionals and architectural and engineering students on loss prevention, standard form construction contract documents, construction litigation, professional licensing and professional ethics. He has represented clients before administrative agencies, the Commonwealth Court, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Before joining Powell Trachtman, Mr. Potter was assistant general counsel to Governor Tom Ridge. Mr. Potter is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Maryland, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He received his law degree with honors from Widener University School of Law in 1995 and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Millersville University in 1991.

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.