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Presenter: Olaide Banks and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Houston, TX

Marriott West Loop - By the Galleria
1750 West Loop South
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-960-0111

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                    8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:             8:30 am - 11:45 pm

Lunch (On your own):      11:45 - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:           12:45 - 5:00 pm

Understanding your Construction Contract – The Key to a Successful Project
W. Davis

   Contract basics – establishing obligations and assigning risks
   Contract forms – “standard” vs. custom forms
   Contract modification – be careful!
   Key contract provisions for all project participants
   • Indemnity, insurance, liability/damage limitations
   • Standard of care, warranties, dispute resolution, etc.

Protecting the Project with Bonds and Insurance
O. Banks

   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
D. Ducran

   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
   • Disruption
   • Acceleration
   • Delays

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction
D. Ducran

   Avoiding ethical issues during the entire project
   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

Understanding Legal Issues Relevant to Sustainable Construction
A. Richie

   Types of green building certifications
   Basics of LEED certification
   Standards of care
   Contractual duties on LEED/sustainable projects
   Litigation involving sustainable projects
   Insurance coverage for green building projects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
   7.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics PDH)

   7.0 HSW CEPHs/CE Hours 
     (1.0 Sustainability Hour) 
   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 (1.0 Ethics hour) to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW CEPHs/continuing education hours (1.0 sustainability hour) to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 7.0 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

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

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.


Olaide Banks

Olaide A. Banks & Associates, PLLC, Houston

Mr. Banks is the principal attorney at Olaide A. Banks & Associates, PLLC, a Houston-based law firm focused on meeting the needs of government and construction contractors throughout Texas. Mr. Banks is an advisor and trusted counsel for CEOs and managers of mid-market construction firms and experienced government contractors. He was rated as a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015 and 2016. Mr. Banks became a licensed CPA in 2003 and has 20 years experience as a lead accountant and CFO for successful government contractors. Mr. Banks is a Corporate Fellow in the MBA Program at University of Houston Downtown. In addition to various non-profit and community work, he is a sought after speaker in the areas of government contract law, and procurement law. Mr. Banks earned his B.B.A. degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the Bauer College of Business at The University of Houston, and secured his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law while working full-time as a chief financial officer. Mr. Banks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

William B. “Billy” Davis

Andrews Myers, P.C., Houston
Mr. Davis is a shareholder in the Houston office of Andrews Myers, P.C. His practice is focused on construction litigation, dispute resolution, and claims counseling. Mr. Davis’s clients include all parties in the project delivery chain: owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. An accomplished advocate, he has represented clients as both plaintiffs and defendants in state court, federal court, and in arbitration proceedings. His experience includes representation of clients in a wide range of construction-related disputes, including matters related to: breach of contract, breach of warranty, contractual and statutory indemnity, performance and payment bond claims, construction defect claims, delay and disruption claims, fraud claims, and mechanic’s and materialman’s lien claims. In addition to his litigation and dispute resolution practice, he drafts, reviews, and negotiates construction contracts. Additionally, Mr. Davis has significant experience with insurance coverage claims and insurance litigation. He is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Denis G. Ducran

Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Houston
Mr. Ducran is senior counsel in Peckar & Abramson’s Houston office. A board-certified construction lawyer and registered architect, He focuses primarily on construction industry transactions, litigation, arbitration and risk management. Mr. Ducran works closely with owners, architects, contractors and subcontractors to provide practical counsel regarding the avoidance and resolution of disputes on construction projects. He offers extensive industry experience in preparing and negotiating contracts, as well as litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction disputes. Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Mr. Ducran served as vice president and general counsel of an ENR 400 general contractor. During his six year tenure, the firm significantly reduced overall litigation and arbitration matters, in large part, by handling the majority of matters in-house. Mr. Ducran is a registered architect who practiced architecture in Houston prior to beginning his career in construction law. He is an Industry Advisory Board member at the University of Houston’s Department of Construction Management, where he also teaches Construction Law and Ethics in both Fall and Spring semesters.

Adam Richie, P.E., LEED AP

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, Austin
Mr. Richie is a shareholder in the construction and construction litigation sections of Munsch Hardt, and a frequent speaker to construction industry groups on construction law issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Richie worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at a prominent consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as general counsel. He is also one of only a handful of attorneys in Texas credentialed as a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional (AP). He has significant experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects, with a focus on evaluating insurance coverage issues. Mr. Richie has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes.

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.