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Presenter: Rishabh Agny and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: San Antonio, TX

Hilton San Antonio Airport
611 NW Loop 410
San Antonio, TX 78216
Phone: 210-340-6060

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 
R. Agny

   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
S. Haspel

   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
   Determining damages
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
   Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers 
P. Hatfield

   Cyber security threats and business exposure to data breaches
   Anatomy of a data breach or cyber attack and the spectrum of possible responses
   Coverage that is available under cyber insurance policies
   Examples of actual cyber events, with lessons learned from those events

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
J. McKinnie

   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 
B. Chen

   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 Texas Environmental Law 
S. Murray

   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 Texas Department of Environmental Quality

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs (1.0 Ethics Hour)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Texas professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

Engineers seeking continuing education credit outside Texas should refer to specific state continuing education 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.


Rishabh Agny

Rishabh Agny specializes in construction law, specifically having an expertise in contracts, defects, insurance, and arbitration. He focuses on construction and business litigation at The Chapman Firm in Austin. Mr. Agny also has experience representing clients with business torts, trade secret issues, and commercial claims. He graduated from the University of Washington - School of Law, and got his first law position at a boutique Seattle insurance coverage firm before moving to Austin.

Betty Chen

Betty Chen is a principal attorney at both the Silicon Valley and Austin offices of Fish & Richardson. She is the firm’s global hiring principal and has an expansive litigation practice that spans all areas of intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. Ms. Chen has substantial experience in patent litigation involving a myriad of technologies. She has also successfully represented clients in trademark, copyright, licensing, trade secrets, contracts, and employment disputes. Ms. Chen was honored as a 2017 “Best Under 40” by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in the 2017 “Women of Influence.” She has served on various of her firm’s leadership and diversity committees, and is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School.

Steven Haspel

Attorney at The Chapman Firm in Austin

Mr. Haspel is an attorney at The Chapman Firm in Austin, focusing on construction litigation, employment law, and business transactions. He has specific expertise in addressing complex disputes, including defects, contracts, and procurement. Mr. Haspel also represents clients regarding business torts, fraud, and governmental regulations. He graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he was the president of the Mock Trial Board, executive chair of the Moot Court Board, a Dean’s Fellow, and a Thurgood Marshall Scholar.

Pat Hatfield

Pat Hatfield specializes in intellectual property as a Partner at Locke Lord in Austin. He also focuses on financial services at the firm. Mr. Hatfield has handled a wide range of IT, outsourcing, acquisition and joint venture arrangements in the global financial services industry. He co-authored the 6-Point Framework for assessing risk in electronic signature and e-contracting processes, and has helped many clients implement effective cyber-security practices. Mr. Hatfield is a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Jason McKinnie

Attorney at Gunn, Lee & Cave in San Antonio

Mr. McKinnie is a registered patent attorney with Gunn, Lee & Cave, P.C. He focuses his practice on intellectual property, including patent drafting, trademark and copyright registration, trade secret protection, and related litigation. Mr. McKinnie’s practice covers a diverse array of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, software and cyber security, and mechanical and electrical devices. He drafts and negotiates contracts such as licenses, assignments, asset purchases, non-disclosures, and non-competes. Mr. McKinnie is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, and United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas.

Suzanne Murray

Suzanne Murray is a Partner at Haynes and Boone and specializes as an environmental attorney in San Antonio, TX. She has experience as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, as an in-house counsel, and in large law firms. Ms. Murray has proven results in all major areas of environmental law, and has built strong and productive relationships with State and Federal partners, the regulated community, environmental advocacy groups and communities which benefit her clients and help them achieve win-win outcomes in complex, multi-faceted environmental resolutions. Prior to joining Haynes and Boone, she served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was the regional counsel for Region 6 from 2008 to 2015. Ms. Murray also serves on the advisory board for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business at the University of Texas.

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.