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Presenter: Patrick F. Estill and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Lexington, KY

Courtyard by Marriott Keenland/ Airport
Lexington, KY 40513
Phone: 859-224-0460

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 - 4:30 pm

Facilitating the Project with 
Effective Construction Contacting
J. Hays, P. Estill

   Understanding the legal rights/duties of project participants: owners, 
      contractors, design services firms, subcontractors and suppliers
   Understanding your project delivery system: design-bid-build, design-build, 
      construction manager, construction manager-at-risk
   Using standard or custom contract documents: AIA, ConsensusDocs, others
   Understanding key contract concepts and terms: performance, breach, 
      warranties, guarantees, indemnity, damages
   Modifying contracts and selecting dispute resolution mechanisms

Protecting the Project with Bonds and Insurance 
M. Miller

   Obtaining construction bonds
      • Performance 
      • Payment
      • Alternatives to bonds
   Obtaining insurance
      • Commercial general liability insurance
      • Builder’s risk insurance 
      • Errors and omissions insurance
      • Additional/alternative insurance
   Claims and notice issues

Making Changes and Resolving Disputes    
During the Construction Process
S. Smith

   Making changes to the contract and contracted work
      • The contract change clause
      • Types of changes: ordered and constructive changes
      • Requirements for making changes
      • Liability issues
   Solving problems during the construction process
       • Site conditions 
      • Delays
      • Disruption 
      • Acceleration
      • Accidents

Understanding Statutory and Contractual Duties of Design  
Professionals and Contractors in Green Construction
M. George, A. Klein

   General scope of duty
   Public buildings
   Contractual duties under AIA contract documents
   Duties on LEED projects

Participating in the Bidding Process 
C. McCloud

   Understanding competitive bidding requirements
   Reviewing bid package
   Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in Kentucky. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Kentucky.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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


Patrick F. Estill

Patrick F. Estill is an associate in the construction and equine industry groups at Jackson Kelly PLLC, focusing primarily on construction law, public-private partnerships, and commercial litigation. As an associate, he has gained a wide range of experience and is growing a strong, multidisciplinary practice. Mr. Estill’s career at Jackson Kelly has allowed him to explore many facets of the law. He uses this experience to better serve clients’ interests and solve legal problems in the most efficient way possible. He particularly enjoys drawing on his litigation experience to draft better contracts and guard against risk for corporate and construction clients.

Megan K. George

Megan K. George is a member of the Construction Service Group at Stites & Harbison, PLLC. She counsels clients on construction matters and routinely drafts, negotiates and reviews contracts for clients. Before joining the firm, she was an attorney with a firm in Lexington, was an Assistant Attorney General with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Criminal Appeals in Frankfort, (2016-17) and was also a staff attorney for Judge Laurance VanMeter, Kentucky Court of Appeals in Lexington, (2013-16).

John W. Hays

John W. Hays is a member in the construction industry group at Jackson Kelly PLLC, focusing primarily on construction litigation, contracts, and commercial litigation. Mr. Hays represents owners, design professionals, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, and suppliers. He is also the co-chair of the firm’s construction and development industry group, helping to grow the firm’s practice in the construction area. Mr. Hays has extensive training and experience as a mediator in construction, commercial, employment, and personal injury disputes and has often served as an arbitrator. He is a specialist in his fields, serving as a member of numerous professional associations, a past president to several boards, and a frequent author and lecturer. Mr. Hays has an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and was named Lexington Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year” in 2018 and 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America. He has been named in the Kentucky Super Lawyers list since 2009, named in The Best Lawyers in America for Construction Law since 2013, and been a member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals since 2012.

Aaron R. Klein

Aaron R. Klein is an attorney with Stites & Harbison, PLLC’s Louisville office and is a member of the Construction Service Group. His practice focuses on advising clients on all types of construction related matters. He provides construction clients with experience in both transactional and litigation practice. Prior to joininlso serveStites & Harbison, Mr. Klein was an attorney with a regional litigation firm based in Louisville. Prior to that, he was an attorney with a regional litigation firm based in Nashville, Tennessee. He also serves in an advisory role to a nonprofit board dedicated to the Louisville addiction services community. Mr. Klein is also involved in his church community. Outside of work, he enjoys all types of sports. You may also find him on a variety of “CraneWatch” websites checking up on the latest projects in both Louisville and Nashville.

Craig L. McCloud

Craig L. McCloud is an attorney with McCloud Law Group, with offices in Lexington and Columbia. McCloud Law Group represents a diverse clientele of individuals and business owners in Kentucky. With a proactive approach and commitment to developing creative solutions, the firm assists clients with a wide array of business and employment law matters.

Mason L. Miller

Mason L. Miller is managing partner at Miller Edwards Rambicure PLLC. Mr. Miller focuses his practice on business law, both transactional and litigation, and he has extensive experience in construction, minerals, banking, and other commercial matters. His clients include construction companies, developers, professional athletes, municipalities, private equity funds, energy companies, regional and national banks, and other large institutions. Mr. Miller has personally represented over a dozen publicly-traded companies in a wide variety of engagements.

Stephen E. Smith

Stephen E. Smith’s primary areas of practice are construction, public acquisition, and corporate law. Before joining Goldberg Simpson, LLP in 1989, Mr. Smith served the public sector with the United States Army Corps of Engineers for 15 years, serving as a district counsel and as senior legal advisor to the commander. Mr. Smith represents all participants in construction projects, including public and private owners, large general contractors and construction managers, and specialty subcontractors. He is a member of both the American Arbitration Association Panel of Construction Arbitrators and the Panel of Construction Mediators. Mr. Smith is approved as a mediator and arbitrator for all disputes arising under the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. He has been selected by members of the Louisville Bar as a Louisville Magazine “Top Lawyer” in the areas of “Construction,” “Arbitration and Mediation-Non-Family” for the last four years. He has been selected as a Kentucky “Super Lawyer” annually since 2007. Mr. Smith was selected to The Best Lawyers in America in 2015 and 2016. He earned both his Bachelor of Arts and his law degree from the University of Louisville. He is a frequent lecturer and instructor in the areas of federal acquisition and construction claims administration. Mr. Smith is a member of the Federal, Kentucky, and Louisville Bar Associations and the ABA Forum on The Construction Industry. He is a founding member of the Kentucky Bar Association Construction Practice Section.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.