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
Reviewing the necessary elements of any contract
Understanding contract “legalese”
• Determining performance
• What constitutes a breach of contract?
• What are damages and remedies?
• Liability-shifting contract provisions: warranties, guarantees and indemnities
Making changes to contracts
Professional Liability Law
Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
Identifying who can bring a claim
Examining common sources of professional liability claims
Reviewing defenses to liability claims
Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
Obtaining insurance coverage for professional liability claims
Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers
Understanding business insurance coverage:
general liability vs. professional liability policies
Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
Understanding insurance policies:
• Insurance availability
• Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to claims
Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices
of the New Hampshire Board of Professional Engineers
Understanding the Board’s disciplinary powers
Reviewing prohibited practices and grounds for disciplinary action
Administrative and other penalties and enforcement
Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice
Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk: complementary or conflicting duties?
Protecting the environment: meeting or exceeding legal requirements
Watching the bottom line: identifying and balancing economic pressures
in design and construction
Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing the benefits and risks
Developments in Federal and New Hampshire Environmental Law
Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
• Pollution prevention
• Water quality enforcement
• Stormwater permitting
• Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the
US EPA and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
Who Should Attend
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in most states, including New Hampshire. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in New Hampshire
Professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states should examine their continuing education rules to determine if the subject matter of this course qualifies for 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.
Managing Partner, Dennehy Law
Mr. Dennehy’s practice areas include business litigation, civil litigation, design and construction law, corporate law, employment law, and insurance law. He represents professionals including architects, business owners, engineers, surveyors, attorneys, and real estate brokers in litigation matters. Mr. Dennehy has handled a wide range of disputes involving high-rise buildings, hospitals and laboratories, office buildings, college and university buildings, preparatory and public school buildings, museums, churches, manufacturing plants and processing facilities, water treatment facilities, and roads and bridges. He has also handled tax issues and real estate transfers. He engages in high exposure personal injury matters including wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, amputation, and disfigurement. Mr. Dennehy has represented clients in complex business disputes, involving self-directed IRAs, hedge funds, copyright and trademark violations, and partnership disputes, as well as trade secret and commercial contract disputes. He also represents individuals and families in a variety of litigation matters requiring strong advocacy. Mr. Dennehy frequently appears in state and federal courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and has obtained successful results as solo and first chair counsel in bench and jury trials in District and Superior Courts. He frequently represents clients in complex matters at mediation and speaks at seminars.
Christopher D. Hawkins
Of Counsel, Devine Millimet & Branch, P.A.
In his role as a counselor, Mr. Hawkins has advised design professionals and technology businesses on contracts, risk management, policy development, and regulatory matters. His practice has been diverse over his 23-year career, including First Amendment issues, environmental, white collar criminal defense, personal injury, employment, premises liability, and a host of other issues. Mr. Hawkins is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Connecticut, and has litigated cases in each of these states. He has been fortunate to litigate cases in Vermont, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Wisconsin, and the United Kingdom.
Managing Attorney, BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC
Ms. Manzelli is Managing Attorney and part owner of BCM Environmental & Land Law, PLLC, with offices in Concord, NH, and Portland, ME, where she practices environmental, conservation, and land law across northern New England. She is a frequent presenter at environmental, agricultural, and land use seminars and conferences. She earned a B.A. in Spanish, with a minor in Biology, and a B.S. in Environmental Conservation in 1998 from the University of New Hampshire, where she is now a Distinguished Alumna. She earned her J.D. in 2005 and her Masters in Environmental Law in 2007 from Vermont Law School. Ms. Manzelli is a member and former co-chair of the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section. She is also a member of the NHBA’s Real Property, Municipal & Governmental Law, and Telecommunications, Energy and Resources Law Sections, and a member of the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Manzelli currently serves as the President of the Board of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire and represents victims of domestic violence pro bono as part of the New Hampshire Bar Association DOVE program. Previously, she served as an appointee of Governor Lynch on the New Hampshire Water Sustainability Commission; as an appointee of the New Hampshire Senate President on the Residential Ratepayers Advisory Board representing the Environment; and for over two years on the legislative (HB1295) Stormwater Commission, representing the New Hampshire Business and Industry Association, which honored her with an Above and Beyond Award for her service. Ms. Manzelli was also named to the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty list for 2016.
Associate, Todd & Weld LLP
Mr. Sherman is an experienced commercial litigator, concentrating his practice on construction litigation. He represents project owners, developers, general contractors, construction managers, and sub-contractors in a variety of matters, including breach of contract disputes, surety and bond claims, Miller Act claims, mechanic’s lien recovery and defense actions, and construction defect disputes. He also focuses a portion of his practice on business litigation, including complex commercial disputes, particularly in the information technology space. Mr. Sherman is a charter member of the Development and Construction Practice Group Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association. He was named by Super Lawyers to the 2018 Massachusetts Rising Stars for Business Litigation.