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Presenter: Heather M. Beam 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 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 5:15 pm

Handling Ethical Issues in Civil Engineering Practice
B. Wheatley

   Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk:
      complementary or conflicting duties?
   Protecting the environment: meeting or exceeding legal requirements
   Watching the bottom line: identifying and balancing economic
      pressures in design and construction
   Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing the benefits and risks

Understanding Federal and State Rules
on Stormwater Management
B. Wheatley

   Federal statutes and regulations
      • National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements
   State regulations and enforcement
      • Texas Department of Environmental Quality
   Local requirements and procedures Permits and permitting process
   Components of Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs)
   Special waters and impaired waters

Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
C. Clough/C. Oddo

   Understanding eminent domain powers
      • Source of eminent domain powers
      • History of the exercise of eminent domain powers
      • Types of eminent domain “takings”
   Participating in the condemnation process
   Appealing a condemnation decision
   Understanding regulatory “takings” and inverse condemnation

Overview of Contract Law
A. Richie

   Reviewing standard forms of agreement
   Understanding contract documents and formation
   Determining scope of services and changes
   Specifying risk allocation provisions
   Handling problems with contract performance

Civil Engineering Liability
H. Beam

   Understanding civil engineer’s duties and obligations
   Reviewing common professional liability causes of action:
      • Breach of contract, negligence, strict liability, fraud, misrepresentation
   Identifying to whom the engineer owes a duty
   Complying with the standard of care Reviewing common defenses to liability
   Participating in the liability claims process and in liability litigation
   Implementing strategies to minimize professional liability claims

Water Rights and Regulation
B. Mathews

   Understanding the basics of Texas water law
      • Water rights and disputes
      • Regulation of water quality
   Reviewing regulations and procedures impacting construction

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Civil Engineers
     7.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics Hour)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to civil engineers in Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

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.


Heather M. Beam

Senior Attorney with Thompson Coe, Austin

Ms. Beam practiced in North Carolina for seven years prior to moving to Texas. Her practice focuses on civil litigation in multiple areas, including construction law, professional liability, personal injury and medical malpractice. Ms. Beam has successfully represented general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and medical professionals in complex litigation in both state and federal court. She also has experience negotiating claims in order to help her clients avoid litigation.

Christopher M. Clough

Partner with Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, LLP

Mr. Clough is a partner with Barron, Adler, Clough and Oddo, L.L.P., the largest eminent domain only firm in the State focused solely on representing landowners under threat of condemnation. Mr. Clough joined the firm in 2008 and focuses exclusively on eminent domain law and inverse condemnation matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Clough worked in private practice and also served as an assistant attorney general for the State of Texas where he tried numerous cases to verdict. He currently serves as lead condemnation counsel in Texas for numerous major institutional clients and national publically traded companies. Mr. Clough is a graduate of Columbia University with honors and the University of Texas, School of Law with honors.

Benjamin D. Mathews

Mathews & Freeland, LLP, Austin

Mr. Mathews practices in the areas of environmental, natural resources and public utility law. He serves a diverse mix of clients including municipalities, public utilities, land owners and home and ranch owners associations. Mr. Mathews’s representation involves both compliance counseling and litigation before state and federal administrative agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Public Utility Commission of Texas, the United States Environmental Protection Agency and before State and federal courts.

Christopher J. Oddo

Partner with Barron, Adler, Clough & Oddo, LLP

Mr. Oddo is a partner with Barron, Adler, Clough and Oddo, L.L.P., the largest eminent-domain-only firm in the State focused solely on representing landowners under the threat of condemnation. He joined the firm in 2015 and focuses exclusively on eminent domain law and inverse condemnation matters. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas and was a partner with the law firm of McGinnis, Lochridge & Kilgore, L.L.P. where he served as chair of the firm’s Eminent Domain and Inverse Condemnation Practice Group. Mr. Oddo has tried over 30 cases to verdict and now serves as lead condemnation counsel for large landholding and publically-traded companies. Mr. Oddo is a graduate of Texas A&M University, and the University of Tulsa, College of Law.

Adam Richie, P.E., LEED AP

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Austin
Mr. Richie is a shareholder in the construction and construction litigation sections of Munsch Hardt, and a frequent speaker to construction industry groups on construction law issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Richie worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at a prominent consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as general counsel. He is also one of only a handful of attorneys in Texas credentialed as a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional (AP). He has significant experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects, with a focus on evaluating insurance coverage issues. Mr. Richie has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes.

Benton T. Wheatley

Partner, Duane Morris, LLP

Mr. Wheatley practices in the area of construction law with a focus on construction, design and engineering disputes and transactions. His practice has included: complex delay; impact; defective design; defective con­struction or differing site conditions claims involving mediation, litigation or arbitration; and problem project workouts, including negotiating with sureties and owners. He also has experience with the drafting and negotiation of complex construction, design and engineering contracts and environmental issues concerning construction projects. Mr. Wheatley is certified in Construction Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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.