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Presenter: James R. Keller and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: St Louis, MO

Holiday Inn Forest Park
5915 Wilson Avenue
St Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 314-645-0700

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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
J. Keller

   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 
J. Keller

   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/without 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 
G. Snodgrass, N. Meriage

   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 
B. Thomas

   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
B. Thomas

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 HSW CEUs/CE 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 engineers in all states and 7.0 HSW CEUs/continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Missouri.

This seminar is 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/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 course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for mandatory continuing education credit.

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.


James R. Keller

Counsel at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C.

Mr. Keller is counsel at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C., where he concentrates his practice on construction, complex litigation, real estate and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has a law degree from Washington University School of Law (1980) and a Journalism degree (Kappa Tau Alpha and Phi Kappa Phi) from the University of Missouri (1977). Mr. Keller has tried more than 100 civil cases in court and arbitration and has served as an arbitrator, mediator and neutral in more than 250 cases. The author of more than 100 articles and the speaker at more than 100 seminars, he is listed as a Super Lawyer in Missouri and Kansas in construction litigation.

Nicholas P. Meriage

Attorney with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.
Mr. Meriage is an attorney at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. in St. Louis, MO. His civil litigation practice is mainly comprised of professional liability defense. He represents design professionals in Missouri and Illinois. Mr. Meriage is responsible for handling all phases of a case, from initial pleadings, depositions and discovery to preparing jury instructions and for trial, he enjoys the problem solving aspect of the job, as every case, no matter how big or small, involves new and unique problems to conquer. Prior to focusing on the representation of design professionals during litigation, his practice included drafting revisions to AIA contracts on behalf of architects. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law where he was awarded the Allen H. Parker Memorial Scholarship, the MU Grant, the JB Reynolds Student Award in Insurance Law, and CALI awards in: Insurance Law, Land Use Controls, and Agricultural Law. Along with his Juris Doctor, Mr. Meriage received a Certificate in Dispute Resolution, and he utilizes the tools developed in obtaining the certificate to negotiate complicated problems for his clients, including successful settlements at mediation. He also has a degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Prior to law school, he owned a small video production company. His business background has taught him how important it is to provide prompt, personalized customer service, something he prides himself in doing for every client. He is currently a Board Member of the Missouri Captive Insurance Association.”

Gary Snodgrass

Principal with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Mr. Snodgrass practices law in several areas of professional liability, including design professional liability, legal malpractice, healthcare provider liability and nursing home liability. He has handled numerous trucking and transportation, construction, premises liability, dram shop liability, and product liability cases in the last 36 years. He has been a principal at the law firm Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., since 1991. Mr. Snodgrass was admitted to the Bar in Missouri in 1978 and the Bar in Illinois in 1979. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits. He co-authored “Architects and Engineers’ Liabilityfor the Missouri Tort Law CLE Desk Book series and “Waiver of Subrogation and Allocation of Risk in Construction Contractsfor The Defense Counsel Journal. He is also a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars and trial practice seminars sponsored by the Bar and other professional organizations. He also served twice as a faculty member in 1998 and 2003 for the Trial Academy sponsored by the International Association of Defense Counsel in Boulder, Colorado. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV.

William S. Thomas

Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C.

Mr. Thomas is a principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., in St. Louis, where he focuses his practice on handling matters involving the construction process, from up-front contract reviews to commercial litigation, professional liability defense and trial work. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects in all phases of construction claims. He also handles product liability claims, other general commercial disputes and general liability claims. Mr. Thomas is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, and several Federal Courts. He is involved in many professional organizations, and he is a past president of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis, the local trial bar. He is active in the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers, and in the Defense Research Institute and its Construction Law Committee, Product Liability Committee, and Building Products - Substantive Litigation Group, and Professional Liability Committee, where he served on the Steering Committee, and Design Professional Subcommittee. Mr. Thomas is an associate member of the ASCE and the AIA. He is recognized by U.S. News - Best Lawyers as a Best Lawyer in Construction Law. Mr. Thomas is a frequent lecturer and writer on a number of issues, from product liability to construction.

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.