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Presenter: Carys Arvidson and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: New Orleans, LA

Pan American Conference and Media Center
601 Poydras Street, 11th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-200-5730

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:00 pm

Examining Contract Terminology
Andrew Vicknair, Adrian D’Arcy

   Parties, consideration, term, performance, substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages
   Understanding types of construction contracts:
      • Stipulated sum
      • Cost plus fee
      • Design build
      • Construction management
   Understanding roles and relationships of project participants:
      • Owners, architects/engineers, construction managers,contractors, subs and suppliers
   Contract negotiation and drafting
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

The Primary AIA Contract Documents
Andrew Vicknair, Adrian D’Arcy

   A101-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor (Stipulated Sum)
   A102-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor (Cost Plus Fee with GMP)
   B101-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect
   A133-2009 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Construction Manager Where Construction Manager is also Constructor
   A141-2014 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design Builder
   A401-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Contractor and Subcontractor
   C401-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Architect and Consultant

AIA A201: General Conditions
Carys Arvidson, Stuart Richeson

   Overview of new updates to AIA documents
   General provisions
   Project participants: owner, contractor, architect, engineer,subcontractors
   Changes in the work
   Time, payments and completion
   Protection of persons and property, insurance and bonds
   Defects in and correction of work
   Miscellaneous provisions
   Termination, suspension, claims and disputes

Supplemental or Alternate AIA Contract Documents
Michael Blackwell

   A105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Residential or Small Commercial Project
   A107-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor for a Project of Limited Scope
   B105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a Residential or Small Commercial Project
   The “SP” Series for Sustainable Projects
   AIA Contract Documents for Digital Practice

Case Study: Reviewing Completed Contract Documents for a Sample Project
Michael Blackwell

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

   7.0 HSW CEHs
   7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
   7.0 PDHs

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states.  HalfMoon Education Inc. is an approved continuing education sponsor for Florida architects, and it intends to apply for course approval.  Architects seeking continuing education credit in Florida are encouraged to contact HalfMoon Education or visitwww.halfmoonseminars.org for the application/approvalstatus prior to registering for this course.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885).  The Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners accepts programs approved by the American Institute of Architects.  Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Louisiana engineers.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for architects in New York.  HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Sponsor No. 0004647), Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors, but it is not approved in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.


Carys Arvidson

Associate at Phelps Dunbar, LLP, in New Orleans
Ms. Arvidson is an associate in the New Orleans office of the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, LP, in the construction litigation section for the firm.  Ms. Arvidson focuses her practice on construction matters, as well as business and commercial litigation, land use, telecommunications, and real estate and AIA contract document litigation.  She also has worked with complex commercial lease agreements and contract negotiations.  She received her B.A. degree in History from the University of California at Davis, and her J.D. degree from Tulane University.  Ms. Arvidson is admitted to practice before all courts in Louisiana and the United States District Courts in Louisiana, as well as the courts of the state of California.  She is a member of the American Bar Association Construction Forum, and is a member of the Louisiana State and California Bar Associations.

Michael Blackwell

Associate at Shields Mott, LLP in New Orleans
Mr. Blackwell’s practice focuses primarily on the areas of construction litigation, surety law, commercial industry contracts and litigation, insurance defense, property litigation, and complex civil litigation.  While at Loyola Law School, Mr. Blackwell was the managing print editor for the Loyola Law Review, a brief writer and oralist for the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Team, and a William L. Crowe, Sr. scholar.

Adrian D’Arcy

Partner at Shields Mott LLP in New Orleans
Mr. D’Arcy’s primary practice areas include commercial litigation, with a focus on construction litigation and surety litigation.  He has been a LEED Green Associate for over eight years and is currently pursuing his LEED AP B+D accreditation.  Mr. D’Arcy also advises clients on sustainability issues on commercial construction projects, has presented numerous lectures on green building, and has written newsletter articles on sustainability issues.  He graduated cum laude from Loyola Law School in New Orleans and has taught Louisiana Civil Procedure at Loyola law school as an assistant adjunct professor.  Mr. D’Arcy is licensed to practice law in all Louisiana State courts; the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana; the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals; the United States Court of Federal Claims; and other federal district courts across the country.

Stuart Richeson

Associate at Phelps Dunbar, LLP in New Orleans
Mr. Richeson practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction, intellectual property and insurance defense litigation.  His cases have included commercial, industrial and residential construction disputes, a civil RICO claim involving a multi-million dollar insurance kick-back scheme, copyright and design patent litigation over Mardi Gras beads, utility patent litigation involving the heel design of running shoes, tax treatment of illegal slot machines, legal malpractice defense and insurance coverage disputes.  Mr. Richeson received his B.A. degree in Political Science, with honors, from Michigan State University and his law degree from Tulane University Law School.  He is licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Tennessee.

Andrew Vicknair

Partner at Shields Mott LLP in New Orleans
Mr. Vicknair worked as a software engineer for a major medical manufacturer and as an electrical engineer for a major chemical manufacturer prior to entering law school.  He regularly uses his prior work experience as a part of his legal practice.  He is now a partner in Shields Mott.  Mr. Vicknair’s primary practice areas include all phases of intellectual property, including litigation, prosecution, and transactional matters.  He also practices in commercial litigation and construction litigation, including claims related to construction defects, payment, subcontractors, owners, and general contractors.  Mr. Vicknair lectures on intellectual property law topics, including trademarks, patents and copyrights, as well as on construction law topics such as Louisiana lien law and general Louisiana construction law.

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.