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Presenter: Adina R. Bergstrom and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Eagan, MN

Holiday Inn Airport SE-Mall Area
2700 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55121
Phone: 651-454-3434

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 - 5:00 pm

Facilitating the Project with Effective Construction Contracting 
M. Rowley

   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 
A. Bergstrom

   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
J. Short

   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

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction, Part 1 
J. Steckler

   Avoiding ethical issues during the bidding process
      • Gifts, favors and the appearance of impropriety
   Your duties to your employer, the project owner, and other project participants
   Adopting practices that minimize ethics issues

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction, Part 2 
B. Steffes

   The ethics of safety: fulfilling duties to employees and the public
   Incorporating environmental ethics and sustainability into
      construction and development projects
   Ethical considerations and implications in pursuing projects which involve
      interfering with others’ contracts

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 HSW PDHs (2.0 Ethics Hours)

     7.0 HSW PDHs (2.0 Ethics Hours)
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW PDHs/ continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Minnesota. This courses offers 2.0 Ethics hours.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 HSW Leaning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

Professional 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.

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.


Adina R. Bergstrom

Partner with Sauro & Bergstrom in Oakdale

Ms. Bergstrom is one of the founding partners of Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC, a plaintiff’s firm located in Oakdale, Minnesota. With a background in insurance claims and regulatory compliance, she has decades of experience analyzing, resolving, and litigating insurance claim disputes and construction matters both as a plaintiff’s attorney and formerly as staff counsel for several large insurance companies. She regularly handles insurance appraisals, arbitrations, and litigation at both district and appellate courts in Minnesota and elsewhere. She has served as an expert on insurance coverage and bad faith issues. Ms. Bergstrom is an active member of several national organizations, including the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section, where she has served for numerous years as a vice co-chair on the Property Insurance Litigation Committee. Ms. Bergstrom was named by Minnesota Law and Politics as a Rising Star in 2011, 2012, and 2013 and as a Super Lawyer in 2014 - 2018. She was also selected for the National Business Directory for Super Lawyers in 2014 – 2018 as a top insurance coverage litigator.

Michael S. Rowley

Attorney with Goetz & Eckland P.A. in Minneapolis

Mr. Rowley primarily practices in commercial and residential construction defect litigation. He has extensive experience representing all types of parties, including cities and school districts, private owners, design professionals, contractors, and their insurance companies. He has drafted and defended numerous construction contracts for commercial and residential projects. His practice includes analysis and motions involving contractual indemnity and insurance coverage related to construction projects. He is a frequent speaker on construction defect topics to insurance industry groups and in continuing legal education seminars. Mr. Rowley is a board member of the Construction Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is named a Minnesota Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law & Politics.

Justin P. Short

Partner at Best & Flanagan LLP in Minneapolis

Mr. Short is a partner in the firm’s Construction, Real Estate and Litigation practice groups where he represents prime contractors, subcontractors and commercial landowners. He specializes in construction claims relating to highway and bridge projects, Department of Transportation claims, federal MATOC agreements, mechanic’s liens, surety and bond claims, bid protests, indemnity obligations, construction contract disputes and commercial and multi-family residential construction defects. He has represented contractors on these construction matters throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Arizona, Texas and Colorado. Mr. Short is recognized as a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics and is a national lecturer on construction and real estate industry topics for the Minnesota State Bar Association, Thompson-West Corporation, and HalfMoon Education Inc., and at private seminars for contractors and commercial landowners throughout the United States.

Jon R. Steckler

Attorney at The Coleman Law Firm, LLC, in Minneapolis

Mr. Steckler’s practice is focused on the areas of commercial law and litigation/appeals, including construction law and ethics, insurance coverage and defense, real estate, franchise, and general business law. Mr. Steckler represents construction project owners and developers, contractors, subcontractors, and design/engineer professionals. He routinely prepares and negotiates complex contracts for clients in all facets of the construction industry and has successfully represented them in related litigation and arbitration matters in state and federal jurisdictions nationwide. Mr. Steckler regularly represents clients in complex transactional and litigation matters involving buy-sell agreements, commercial contracts and leases, construction and design defect claims, insurance coverage and defense, product liability, and franchise/dealership disputes.

Brian D. Steffes

Attorney with Fisher Bren & Sheridan, LLP, in Minneapolis

Mr. Steffes practices civil litigation with a focus on representing developers, contractors, and businesses. He litigates high exposure claims and complex cases in a broad range of areas, including personal injury, construction defects, trucking liability, product liability, commercial litigation, and environmental claims. He is a successful trial attorney, who has obtained favorable jury verdicts and settlements. Mr. Steffes has litigated matters throughout the country and is licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. He is also a member of the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, the Minnesota State Bar Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Twin Cities Claims Association.

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.