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
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
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
Cyber Security Issues for Engineers
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
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
Developments in Federal and Virginia Environmental Law
K. Holland, S. Pollard
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 Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
Who Should Attend
8.0 Continuing Ed. Hours
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 8.0 continuing education hours (based on 50 minute hours) to Virginia engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.
Engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. Based on 60 minute hours, this course offers 7.0 continuing education hours.
Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire program. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.
Attorney at Pender & Coward
Mr. Gordon’s practice focuses on construction law, government contracts, and banking/financial institutions. He has represented contractors, subcontractors, owners, and design professionals before courts, at arbitration, in mediation, and before contracting boards. Mr. Gordon has a worked on cases concerning Dulles Airport, the Pentagon, Tysons Corner Center Mall, and Princess Anne Hospital. He is a graduate of the Columbus School of Law.
Attorney at Crenshaw, Ware, & Martin
Mr. Grandy specializes in complex business litigation, admiralty and maritime litigation, and business transactions. He regularly assists businesses in navigating all manner of legal issues that arise during the business’s lifetime from entity formation, asset purchases and sales, contract negotiation, and litigation. Mr. Grandy served as a law clerk for the 4th Judicial Circuit of VA and is a graduate of the University of Richmond’s T.C. Williams School of Law.
Attorney at Kaufman & Canoles
Ms. Harrell serves as the chair of the Commercial Section and the Data Privacy and Security Practice Group at Kaufman and Canoles. She specializes in cyber security and intellectual property law. Ms. Harrell is well experienced in federal and state trademark registration, copyright registration and assignment, negotiation of software development and licensing agreements, and licensing of intellectual property. She received her JD/MBA degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law and the Merritt School of Business. Ms. Harrell is also a certified information privacy professional for the U.S. sector through the International Association of Privacy Professionals.
Senior Associate Attorney at Williams Mullen
Ms. Holland focuses her practice on general commercial litigation in both state and federal courts. She has experience representing a diverse client base including individuals, businesses, partnerships and corporations in commercial disputes. Ms. Holland joined the firm after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable D. Arthur Kelsey of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. She is a graduate of Regent University School of Law.
Partner at Williams Mullen
Mr. Pollard specializes in environmental law at Williams Mullen in Richmond. He has experience helping clients sort through issues related to water quality, wastewater, sewage, stormwater management, wetlands, water rights, solid and hazardous waste, Superfund, petroleum and chemical storage, air pollution, cultural resources, and species protection at federal, state and local levels. Mr. Pollard also has experience working for the Virginia Department of Waste Management/Environmental Quality as an enforcement specialist. He is a graduate of the University of Richmond School of Law.
Shareholder at McKenry Dancigers Dawson
Mr. Voyles is a trial lawyer who practices in state and federal courts in Virginia and North Carolina. He has developed a wide ranging trial practice over the last 21 years. Mr. Voyles is also a trusted outside general counsel to businesses, counseling clients on contracts, risk management, and insurance. He has taught Admiralty Law at Regent University School of Law since 2005, and he has published and presented nationally on the subjects of maritime law and insurance. Mr. Voyles is a magna cum laude graduate of Regent University School of Law, where he served on the Law Review.
Principal Attorney at Woods Rogers
Ms. Waller is the chair of the Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Practice at Woods Rogers. Working out of Richmond and Roanoke, she advises clients in the midst of data breaches, and on cybersecurity preparedness and privacy concerns. Ms. Waller also advises clients on the assessment of data risks, privacy regulatory compliance, and the protection of intellectual property rights. In 2017, she was named a Virginia Lawyers Weekly “Up & Coming Lawyer.” Ms. Waller is an adjunct professor of law at Washington and Lee University Law School, and she is a graduate of William & Mary’s Marshall-Wythe School of Law.