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Presenter: Michael J. Barnaby and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: North Haven, CT

Best Western Plus North Haven
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473
Phone: 203-239-6700

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 Contracting 
J. Donofrio

   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 
J. Donofrio

   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
R. Robinson

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

Participating in the Bidding Process 
P. Fitzgerald

   Understanding competitive bidding requirements
   Reviewing bid package
   Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding
   Submitting bids
   Handling errors and changes

Complying with Safety Requirements 
M. Barnaby

   Occupational Safety and Health Administration update
   State and local safety regulations
   Allocating responsibility for construction site safety
   Strategies for maintaining site safety
   Reporting construction site injuries

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

     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 continuing education hours to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects. Continuing education is not mandatory in Connecticut.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects 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 apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

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


Michael J. Barnaby

Managing Member of the Law Offices of Michael J. Barnaby, LLP

Mr. Barnaby practices exclusively in the area of construction law, representing general, sub and specialty contractors; suppliers; construction managers; sureties; public and private owners; homeowners; design professionals; and other entities involved in the construction industry in litigation, arbitration, mediation, public and private construction contracts, mechanics liens, surety law, administrative proceedings, business law, OSHA law, labor law, and environmental law. He has previously presented lectures to various construction industry professionals and organizations on topics ranging from the mechanics lien law to advanced construction law. Prior to law school, he was a construction superintendent for an internationally-recognized construction manager and he has first-hand experience on multi-million dollar construction projects throughout the tri-state region. Mr. Barnaby received his B.A. degree from Lehigh University and his J.D. degree and Certificate in Environmental Law from Pace Law School. He is a past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Construction Law Executive Committee.

Jeffrey M. Donofrio

Managing Partner of Ciulla & Donofrio, LLP

Mr. Donofrio has been practicing construction law, municipal law and commercial litigation in Connecticut since 1990. Mr. Donofrio and his firm represent a variety of public and private entities, including municipalities, utilities, financial institutions, contractors, trade contractors, developers, financial institutions and project owners. He regularly presents construction law seminars to a variety of audiences on topics including construction contracts, claims, litigation, ADR, and collection techniques.

Paul Fitzgerald

Attorney with Michelson, Kane, Royster & Barger, P.C.

Mr. Fitzgerald practices in the areas of construction and surety law, where he handles a broad range of construction-related matters on behalf of subcontractors, contractors, public and private owners, and sureties. He has extensive experience litigating cases in state and federal court, and he has resolved many disputes in arbitration and mediation. Mr. Fitzgerald frequently drafts, reviews and negotiates construction contracts. Since 2002, Mr. Fitzgerald has been a contributing author on the topic of mechanic’s liens for the “Connecticut Bar Association Annual Construction Case Law Summary.” He also has given many presentations to construction trade groups and professional organizations on the topics of mechanic’s liens, payment bonds, and general payment issues in the construction industry. Mr. Fitzgerald also serves as a legal advisor to the Connecticut Subcontractors Association. He is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Mr. Fitzgerald has been included in both the Connecticut and New England Super Lawyers® Rising Star lists in the area of construction litigation (2010, 2014, 2015). He was also listed as a New England and Connecticut Super Lawyer® in the area of construction litigation in 2017.

Richard C. Robinson

Attorney with Pullman & Comley LLC

Mr. Robinson practices in the area of business litigation including the litigation of construction and employment disputes. He heads the firm’s Construction Law and Litigation Section. Mr. Robinson has successfully resolved hundreds of business litigation cases, both through trial and settlement.

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.