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Presenter: Todd Bakal and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Secaucus, NJ

Holiday Inn Secaucus Meadowlands
300 Plaza Drive
Secaucus, NJ 07094
Phone: 201-348-2000

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 
S. Nudelman

   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

Examining Legal Issues and Contract Disputes 
S. Nudelman

   Changed conditions
   Project documentation
   Delays, acceleration
   Handling payment claims and final payments
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration 
T. Bakal

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Chain of command issues
   Changes and change orders
   Substantial and final completion
   Breach and pitfalls

Comparing Standardized Construction Documents 
W. Jackowski

   Use of standard forms v. custom contract documents "
   American Institute of Architects (AIA)
   Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC)
   Agreement: How to navigate important contract provisions from
      architect/engineer’s perspective

Reviewing Project Documents 
W. Jackowski

   Consultant’s Agreement
   Insurance considerations for a design professional
   Contract conditions (general and supplementary)
   Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)
   Shop drawings
   Contract modifications (change orders, directives, etc.)

Reviewing Bidding Documents 
S. Berkowitz

   Bid form
   Bid bond

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 CPC Credits/PDHs

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 CPC credits/PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states, except Florida architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700).

This event has been approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

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 a non-credit continuing education opportunity to contractors; it has not been approved in any state that has a contractor continuing education requirement.

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.


Todd Bakal

Law Offices of Todd Bakal, White Plains

Mr. Bakal has helped people with their business and personal legal needs for more than 20 years. During that time, he has focused his practice in the areas of construction, environmental, and general commercial litigation as well as insurance coverage disputes. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Bakal helps individuals and business owners with real estate, business formation and succession, regulatory work, and trust and estate planning and administration issues. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where he double-majored in Philosophy and Computer Science. Mr. Bakal then attended George Washington University Law School. Prior to practicing law, he founded RBI Software, Inc., which specialized in the development of commercial vertical market applications. This led to his involvement in and passion for cutting-edge computer and internet legal issues. Mr. Bakal is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, and the New York City Bar Association (where he has served on the Construction Law and Computer Law Committees), and he is admitted to the New York and New Jersey bars.

Steve Berkowitz

Berkowitz & Associates, P.C.

Mr. Berkowitz is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Ratings register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell AV Register is limited to only the most distinguished lawyers. This rating signifies the highest level of legal ability and very high adherences to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. Mr. Berkowitz is also an arbitrator appointed to the prestigious American Arbitration Association panel of neutrals. He graduated from University of Maryland, College of Engineering, with a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Immediately after graduating, he began working with a Fortune two hundred company, engineering, designing, estimating and selling facility management systems. The clients were, for the most part, contractors, engineers and owners. This gives Mr. Berkowitz a unique perspective when applying legal principles to construction issues.

Wojciech Jackowski

Principal, Offit Kurman

Mr. Jackowski’s practice focuses on commercial and corporate dispute resolution with an emphasis on achieving rational business solutions or cost-effective judicial resolutions of such disputes. In addition to appearing in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels and administrative panels domestically, Mr. Jackowski has experience in international aspects of litigation. He has represented entities and individuals in cases involving trade and contract disputes, property loss claims, bankruptcy proceedings, construction issues, commodities and derivatives matters, white-collar crime, personal injury, and claims raising questions under federal labor law. He also advises clients on international facets of litigation and dispute resolution, as well as criminal and civil facets of various international income reporting obligations. Prior to joining Offit Kurman, Mr. Jackowski was a partner in the New York law firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP, where he gained extensive experience with disputes involving real estate, construction contracts, design and construction defects, and the representation of various real estate industry stakeholders in mediations, arbitrations, trials and appeals. In his practice, he applies his litigation experience in advising clients and provides value added services in structuring business, financial and legal terms for his clients. Mr. Jackowski began his career as prosecutor and later became a senior assistant district attorney with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office where he was part of the Money Laundering and Revenue Crimes Bureau and the Rackets Division. There he concentrated on the investigation and prosecution of business and securities fraud, money laundering, and corporate and individual income and sales tax evasion. He also supervised investigations relating to identification and civil forfeiture of criminally-obtained assets.

Steven Nudelman

Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP

Mr. Nudelman counsels owners, developers, contractors and suppliers in a wide variety of matters involving public as well as private construction projects in New Jersey. He regularly handles matters in state and federal courts, in both New Jersey and New York, as well as construction and commercial arbitrations, mediations and disputes before the International Centre for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Nudelman also defends clients against building code violations, fire code violations and other claims brought by local construction officials in municipal construction boards of appeals in counties and cities throughout New Jersey. Additionally, he assists clients with contract negotiation and drafting, with an emphasis on efficiency and practical results. In addition to his construction and commercial practices, Mr. Nudelman has represented insured owners and lenders prosecuting and defending title insurance claims on behalf of national underwriters. Mr. Nudelman has prosecuted and defended claims involving trespass, easements, adverse possession, limited liability company fraud, boundary disputes, equitable subrogation and title defects.

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.