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Presenter: Jesse Gordon and 6 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Norfolk, VA

Doubletree by Hilton
1500 North Military Highway
Norfolk, VA 23502
Phone: 757-466-8000

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 
W. Grandy

   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
J. Gordon

   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

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:  
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets  
N. Harrell

   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 
K. Parks

   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 
S. Voyles

   Understanding business insurance coverage: 
      general liability vs. professional liability policies 
   Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
   Understanding insurance policies: 
      • Indemnities 
      • Assignment 
      • 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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     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.


Jesse Gordon

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.

Wiley Grandy

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.

Nicole Harrell

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.

Kelley Holland

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.

Kellam Parks

Managing Member at Parks Zeigler

Mr. Parks is a managing member of Parks Zeigler, PLLC in Virginia Beach, which is a paperless, technologically-driven law practice. He is a Tidewater native and has been practicing there for over 19 years. Mr. Parks is active with the Virginia State Bar, currently chairing the Special Committee on Technology and the Future Practice of Law Technology. He is also a member of numerous other state and local bar associations. Mr. Parks frequently writes and speaks about cybersecurity/data privacy and the modernization and use of technology in the practice of law.  While his firm handles a wide-variety of legal matters, Mr. Parks focuses his practice on Cybersecurity/Data Privacy, Credit Reporting, and Civil Litigation.

Speaker Pollard

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.

Shawn Voyles

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.

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.