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Presenter: Patrick A. Devine and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Columbus, OH

Crowne Plaza Columbus North - Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 614-885-1885

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 
P. Devine

   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
   Selecting dispute resolution mechanisms
   Modifying contracts

Protecting the Project with Bonds and Insurance 
J. Wilson

   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 
C. Pettit

   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 
D. Holthus

   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 
D. Holthus

   The ethics of safety: fulfilling duties to employees and the public
   Incorporating environmental ethics and sustainability into 
      construction and development projects

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs, including
           2.0 Ethics Hours

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. This course includes two hours of ethics for engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

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. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA information under this course listing.

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

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 A. Devine

Senior Counsel, Ice Miller LLP

Mr. Devine is senior counsel and a construction attorney in the firm’s Litigation Group. His emphasis is public construction contracts, project delivery methods, competitive bidding issues, prevailing wage compliance, and DBE/MBE requirements. In addition, he litigates cases and administrative actions on behalf of contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mr. Devine has authored numerous articles on construction and administrative law issues.

Doug Holthus

Partner, Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., LPA

Mr. Holthus’ primary areas of focus are the defense of construction, governmental liability, and employment and general liability claims. He has tried, advocated and arbitrated nearly one hundred cases before civil juries, administrative licensing and other boards and arbitration panels throughout Ohio, as well as Illinois and California, in both state and federal courts. Among his other professional and civic positions, Mr. Holthus is past chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and is a member of the Professional Liability Defense Federation.

Christopher R. Pettit

Partner, Lane Alton

Mr. Pettit helps small and mid-sized businesses succeed through sound corporate planning and strategic advocacy. Over the past 18 years, he has negotiated and closed asset purchase transactions, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, and employment and other professional service contracts. Mr. Pettit has represented business owners and professionals in court or in arbitration in a variety of industries, including architecture and engineering, health care, insurance, securities and financial planning.

Josh Wilson

The Wilson Law Firm, LLC

Mr. Wilson is a central Ohio native and has been practicing law since 2014. He began his practice in the offices of Routte Law for which he is still Of Counsel. Mr. Wilson’s practice is focused primarily in the areas of construction law and ethics, real estate, and labor and employment law. He also has a general practice in which he handles various civil, domestic, and criminal matters. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor of arts degree in History. He studied law at Capital University Law School where he was a Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow, was on the Dean’s List, was a Cali Award Winner, and was a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Black Law Student’s Association, and the Women’s Law Student Association, and he was treasurer of the Capital Branch of the ACLU. Before becoming an attorney, Mr. Wilson worked for over 15 years in construction as both a carpenter and a contractor. In that time, Mr. Wilson worked for many of the biggest contractors in Ohio and the country. When running his own contracting business, Mr. Wilson’s company remodeled the original Ohio Governor’s Mansion which is now home to the Kappa Sigma Fraternity at The Ohio State University. He also has extensive experience in residential construction. Now practicing law, Mr. Wilson is a member of the Construction Law and Ethics Forum for the American Bar Association, a member of the Construction Law and Ethics Committee for the Ohio Bar Association, and a member of the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio.

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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.


Course Title: Construction Law and Ethics

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 7.0 hour live lecture presentation covers facilitating projects with effective construction contracting, protecting the project with bonds and insurance, making changes and resolving disputes during the construction process, and ethical issues in construction.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to protect projects and project owners with adequate construction bonds and insurance coverages, including performance bonds, payment bonds, commercial general liability insurance, builders risk insurance, and errors and omissions insurance.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to facilitate the project delivery with the use of appropriate contract documents (AIA, ConsensusDocs, others), understanding key construction contract concepts, and understanding the roles and responsibilities of all project participants.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to explain the process of making ordered and constructive changes to contracts and contracted work and solving disputes that arise during construction, including site conditions, disruptions, accidents, delays, and acceleration.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to comply with ethical standards of design and construction, including abiding to safety standards, protecting the environment and incorporating sustainability practices, not accepting gifts or favors during the bidding process, and fulfilling obligations to the project owner, the design firm and other project participants.

LUs: 7.0                                                                  LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contracting.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/18/2022


Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.