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Presenter: Scott Garbo and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Livonia, MI

Livonia Marriott
Livonia, MI 48152
Phone: 734-462-3100

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

Construction Contract Fundamentals
R. Jezdimir

   Contract terminology
      • 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
C. Hauser

   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
S. Garbo

   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
J. Sier

   A105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
      for a Residential or Small Commercial Project
   A104-2017 Abbreviated form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor
   B105-2017 Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect for a
      Residential or Small Commercial Project
   AIA Contract Documents for Digital Practice

Case Study:
Reviewing Completed Contract Documents for a Sample Project
J. Sier

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     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 to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states, except Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

This course has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Provider No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers contractors a non-credit continuing education opportunity; it has not been submitted to 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.


Scott Garbo

Clark Hill, PLC, Detroit

Mr. Garbo joined Clark Hill’s Detroit office after gaining invaluable experience practicing law at a mid-size firm in Denver, Colorado. He is a senior attorney in the Construction Practice Group and is an adjunct to the Litigation Practice Group. While Mr. Garbo has extensive experience representing businesses and individuals on a wide array of issues, he has specialized in representing developers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, owners, lenders, and insurers on construction projects. He worked for various construction trades while in school, and now applies his first-hand experience in the construction industry to representing his clients. While an undergraduate at Michigan State University, he earned a business degree from the Eli Broad College of Business. He also studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy, where he studied international law, international business, and Italian. Mr. Garbo graduated cum laude from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. While attending law school, he was a member of the Frank Murphy Honor Society for graduating in the top ten percent of his class; contributed to the law journal as a member of the Law Review; and acted as the president of the St. Thomas More Society. Mr. Garbo is licensed in state and federal courts in Michigan and Colorado, and she has appeared pro hac vice in Illinois and New York courts.

Christian Hauser

Frasco Caponigro Wineman & Scheible, PLLC, Troy

Mr. Hauser has extensive experience with the full spectrum of legal tasks associated with a construction project, from negotiating the contract to participating in dispute resolution proceedings, preparing and prosecuting fee and delay claims, and litigating disputes. He has represented a wide variety of clients in the construction area, including suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, owners, design professionals, and sureties. In addition, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators. An attorney since 1998, as well as a licensed builder in the state of Michigan, Mr. Hauser earned his undergraduate degree from Aquinas College and his J.D. degree from the University of Detroit School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in all state and federal courts in Michigan, as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. Mr. Hauser is a member of Michigan Bar Association (Business Law Section), American Bar Association (Construction Industry Forum), Rochester Bar Association and the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). He is a frequent lecturer concerning legal issues pertaining to contractors, design professionals and suppliers.

Ryan Jezdimir

Blevins Sanborn Jezdimir Zack PLC, Detroit

Mr. Jezdimir focuses his practice on construction law and litigation. He has counseled clients at all stages of a construction project–from bid to the final payment. He has prosecuted and defended against substantial extra compensation claims, obtained a multimillion dollar jury verdict against a developer for fraud, and argued before the Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Mr. Jezdimir is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry. He has been selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Stars, and as a top construction litigator by the magazine, DBusiness.

John Sier

Kitch Attorneys & Counselors, Detroit

Mr. Sier concentrates his practice in dispute avoidance and resolution of commercial, health care and construction contract issues as the head of the firm’s construction and commercial litigation group. In the construction industry, he analyzes the legal aspects of various project delivery methods and assists in project completion and dispute resolution. In health care, Mr. Sier handles matters involving staff privileges, antitrust, Medicare and third-party payor reimbursement issues as well as consulting on HIPAA Security Rule compliance and cyberliability issues. In commercial matters, he has handled negotiations of supply contracts and dispute avoidance as well as software licensing and intellectual property issues. Mr. Sier received his juris doctor degree and master of arts degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Drake University Law School and Graduate School in 1986, and his A.B. degree in Political Science and Communications from Loyola University of Chicago in 1983. He has published and presented on construction, health care and commercial issues across the country.

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.