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Presenter: Kent A. Britt and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Cincinnati, OH

Holiday Inn Eastgate (I-275E)
4501 Eastgate Blvd.
Cincinnati, OH 45245
Phone: 513-752-4400

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials 
C. Dutton

   Examining contract terminology: parties, consideration, term, performance, 
      substantial performance, breach, remedies, damages
   Studying roles and relationships of project participants: owners, architects/engineers, 
      construction managers, contractors, subs and suppliers
   Understanding the project delivery system: traditional design-bid-build, design-build, 
      construction manager at risk, multiple prime contractor, owner control
   Understanding types of construction contracts: lump sum, cost plus, 
      time and materials, unit pricing
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Project Documents 
C. Dutton

   Use of standard forms or custom documents
   Performance bond
   Payment bond 
   Contract conditions (general and supplementary)
   Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)
   Shop drawings 
   Contract modifications (change orders, directives, etc.)

9 Common Construction Contract Clauses You Need to Know
B. O’Connell

   Liquidated damages
   Alternative dispute resolution
   No damages for delay 
   Choice of law 
   Limited liability
   Incorporation by reference 
   Choice of forum

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration 
A. Strohm

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Chain of command issues
   Subcontracts Changes and change orders
   Payments Substantial and final completion Breach and pitfalls

Examining Contract Changes and Addressing Problems
K. Britt

   Changed conditions 
   Project documentation
   Delays, acceleration 
   Handling payment claims and final payments
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction Contracting 
J. Houston

   Promoting impartial, merit-based award of construction contracts
   Ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance
   Creating a system of internal practices promoting contract compliance 
      and ethical practices

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

     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, including 1.0 ethics hour, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

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.

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 engineers and architects.

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.


Kent A. Britt

Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, LLP

Mr. Britt is a partner in Vorys’ Cincinnati office and a member of the litigation practice group. His practice is focused on business and commercial litigation. He has significant experience representing clients in complex commercial, banking, insurance, construction, employment, ERISA, and shareholder derivative and fiduciary duty litigation. Mr. Britt received his J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and his B.S. degree from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. He has presented on the issues of alternative dispute resolution, law for design professionals in Ohio, fundamentals of construction law, construction contracts, public competitive bidding and contracting in Ohio, ESI and e-discovery, lender liability, and consumer financial services law.

Christopher J. Dutton

Senior Associate, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP

Mr. Dutton is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation Department focusing on construction and commercial business litigation. He has been involved in the successful resolution of claims in state and federal courts in both Ohio and Kentucky as well as in multiple private arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Dutton’s pre-law background is firmly rooted in the construction industry. In 2003, he received his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for an ENR Top 500 Specialty Contractor as a project manager/estimator before and while attending law school. He has also served as an adjunct professor and volunteer in the University of Cincinnati’s Construction Management program since 2007. Prior to joining Porter Wright, Mr. Dutton worked as a bond attorney for a national surety where he was involved in the investigation and disposition of complex claims against construction payment and performance bonds, and also estate and guardianship bonds.

James D. Houston

Shareholder, Strauss Troy, LPA

Mr. Houston focuses his practice on construction and complex commercial litigation, surety law and OSHA compliance and claim defense. He also assists clients with their labor and employment needs. Mr. Houston’s trial experience includes first chair representation of contractors, design professionals, employers, sureties and business owners in both arbitration and traditional trial court settings (including actions for emergency injunctive relief). He has also successfully defended employers against various wrongful death and discrimination claims. Mr. Houston also assists his clients with contract drafting and negotiation.

Brian J. O’Connell

Shareholder, Strauss Troy, LPA

Mr. O’Connell is a member of the Strauss Troy litigation department. He focuses his practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, construction litigation and tort law. With broad expertise in construction litigation, Mr. O’Connell has represented engineers, architects, contractors and owners in construction-related claims, ranging from cost overruns to property damage, defective work to scope changes, delay to personal injury, and acceleration to liquidated damages. He recognizes and addresses the challenges facing today’s construction industry. Mr. O’Connell has tried cases in state and federal courts across the United States.

J. Alexander Strohm

Associate, Frost Brown Todd, LLC

Mr. Strohm is an associate in the firm’s Construction and Business Litigation practice groups. He helps clients across a variety of industries, focusing on the representation of general contractors in construction disputes, but he also has experience assisting clients in real estate, insurance, suretyship, and general commercial matters. Mr. Strohm earned his bachelor of science degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he served on the Executive Committee of the Law Review and earned numerous academic distinctions. He has also been published in the area of employment discrimination.

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 Contract Workshop

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 6.5 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers contract terminology, the types of construction contracts, the roles and relationships of project participants, bidding documents, standard and custom documents, contract administration, legal issues, dispute resolution, and ethical issues.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and describe bidding documents and project documents, including standard forms and custon documents.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to recognize and avoid ethical pitfalls common to construction contracting and ensure honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance throughoout the construction process.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to define key contract terminology, describe the types of construction contracts, and explain the roles and relationships of the project participants.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss issues in contract administration, including insurance and indemnity, chain of command, changes and change orders, substantial and final completion, breach, subcontracts, and payments, and learners will be able to explain dispute resolution techniques.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contract components.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 03/20/2020

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.