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Presenter: R. Eric Gaum and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Middleburg Heights, OH

Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport
7230 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130
Phone: 440-243-4040

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 5:00 pm

Contract Law Primer for Engineers 
E. Pempus

   Standard of care of the engineer Ownership of documents
   Indemnification clauses 
   Responsibilities for means and methods 
   Warranties and guarantees
   Limitation of liability 
   Waiver of consequential damages 
   Dispute resolution 
   Design without construction phase services 
   Fiduciary duties 
   Sustainable design 
   Duty to comply with all laws, rules and regulations

 Professional Liability Law 
S. Kelley

   Grounds for professional liability claims 
      • Breach of contract 
      • Negligence
      • Breach of warranty 
   Who can bring a claim 
   Case examples of defenses to liability claims 
      • Standard of care 
      • Statute of limitation 
      • Statute of repose 
      • Economic loss rule 
      • Spearin doctrine 
   Determining damages 
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation 
   Why obtain insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers 
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets 
R. E. Gaum

   Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks,
      copyrights, and trade secrets 
   Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises, 
      and other technology agreements 
   Policing intellectual property rights and preventing infringement 
   Resolving intellectual property disputes

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice 
E. Pempus

   Can ethics be taught? 
   Concept-based ethics vs. rule-based ethics 
   The newspaper test 
   Care-based thinking – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you 
   Greatest good for the greatest number of people 
   Environmental ethics 
   Harassment in professional settings: ASCE, Canon 8: treat all persons fairly

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct 
E. Pempus

   Engineers licensing code of conduct vs. voluntary professional 
      association code of ethics 
   Rules and examples of selected Ohio Code of Ethics for Engineers and 
      Surveyors and NSPE rules 
   Responsibility to the public - HSW 
   Whistle blowing 
   Signing and sealing documents 
   Conflict of interest
   Compensation for same project 
   Solicitation of employment 
   Unlicensed practice of engineering 
   Environmental concerns

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers 
E. Pempus, S. Kelley

   Understanding insurance coverage 
   Specialty coverages: environmental, EPLI, cyber 
   Recognizing and responding to claims

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 CPD Hours (Includes 2.0 Ethics Hours)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 CPD hours/PDHs, including 2.0 ethics hours, to professional engineers in Ohio. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education hours 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.

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.


R. Eric Gaum

R. Eric Gaum is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. He focuses his practice on complex intellectual property litigation involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and related business torts and unfair competition. Mr. Gaum has practiced exclusively in the area of intellectual property for more than 20 years and has extensive experience litigating and trying cases across the country. A licensed patent attorney with a background in electrical engineering and software development, he has experience in litigation, prosecution matters and licensing related to technologies as varied as smart phones, building column protection devices and cheese slice processing equipment. Mr. Gaum has litigated copyright infringement matters related to product labels, books, photographs, websites, software, databases, blue prints and architectural works. He has litigated trademark and trade dress infringement matters in state and federal courts across the country, and has handled opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB).

Steven K. Kelley

Steven K. Kelley is a partner with Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. Mr. Kelley’s primary career focus has evolved over the years beginning with an extensive general liability and insurance defense practice. He has considerable experience handling several specialty claim areas including professional liability, product liability, construction negligence, construction defect, commercial trucking, employer intentional tort and community association claims.

Mr. Kelley defends architects, engineers, surveyors, accountants, realtors, insurance agents, appraisers, home inspectors and other professionals against malpractice claims. Prior to joining the firm, he served as assistant vice president in CNA Insurance Company’s litigation department, in addition to his role as managing trial attorney for over 12 years. He is an active member of professional associations including: the Ohio State Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (former president), and theDefense Research Institute (DRI).

Eric O. Pempus

Eric O. Pempus is a risk manager with DesignPro Insurance Group, A Wichert Insurance Agency. For the last 13 years, his risk management focus has been in professional liability, law, the design professions and the construction industry. He combines this experience with 25 years of previous experience in the practice of architecture, engineering and construction management. Mr. Pempus is a professional practice adjunct professor who has taught courses for the last 31 years at Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, including “Leadership, Ethics & Office Management” and “Contract & Planning Law.” Mr. Pempus is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AIA National Ethics Council. He has presented numerous risk management and loss prevention continuing educational programs to design professionals across the United States and Canada. He is a construction law attorney, a licensed architect and a licensed property & casualty insurance professional.

Tuition Costs:

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

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