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Presenter: David Draper and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Knoxville, TN

Four Points by Sheraton Knoxville Cumberland House Hotel
1109 White Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37917
Phone: 865-971-4663

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 
J. Garceau

   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 
D. Draper

   Standard of care – measuring stick for liability
   Who can assert claims for professional negligence
   Common sources of professional liability claims
   Defenses to liability claims
   Determining damages
   Resolving claims - mediation, arbitration, litigation

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers 
P. Whitt
    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

Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices  
of the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineer Examiners 
J.W. Irvin

   Understanding the Board’s disciplinary powers
   Reviewing prohibited practices and grounds for disciplinary action
   Investigatory procedures
   Disciplinary hearings
   Administrative and other penalties and enforcement

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice 
A. Rust

   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

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers 
J. Joy

   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

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
7.0 HSW PDHs

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW PDHs to professional engineers in Tennessee. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Tennessee.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education credits in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in many cases. Refer to specific 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.Cancellations: Cancel at least 48 hours before the start of the seminar, and receive a full tuition refund, minus a $39 service charge for each registrant. Cancellations within 48 hours will receive a credit toward another seminar or the self-study package. You may also send another person to take your place.


David Draper

Shareholder at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Draper is a Knoxville native and shareholder in the firm’s construction law practice group. Mr. Draper’s practice is concentrated in construction, professional liability defense, commercial disputes and insurance coverage disputes. His construction clients include owners; designers; industrial, commercial, utility, and residential general contractors; subcontractors and suppliers. Mr. Draper has successfully defended a broad range of professional liability claims, including the defense of lawyers, health care providers, design professionals, surveyors, and realtors. He successfully defended a government contractor sued under the Tennessee False Claims Act. Mr. Draper has also represented a variety of businesses in environmental disputes before the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Commissioner of Labor and Workforce Development. He also advises clients on OSHA compliance and defends OSHA enforcement cases.

Jared Garceau

Attorney at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Garceau is an associate in the firm’s Knoxville office practicing in the areas of business and commercial law, construction and general civil litigation. As a law student, he was a two-year member of the National Professional Responsibility Moot Court Team. Mr. Garceau also received the 2014 Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise as well as Certificates of Academic Excellence for receiving the top grade in Legal Process I, Civil Procedure II, Torts II, Legal Profession, Fundamental Concepts of Income Taxation, Constitutional Law, American Jurisprudence, Investigatory Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, Secured Transactions, Trial Practice, and Workers Compensation. He worked as a law clerk for the firm during the summers of 2012 and 2013.

J.W. Irvin

Shareholder at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Irvin, shareholder, is in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office, where he focuses his practice on construction law with an emphasis on the representation of architects and engineers against professional liability allegations. He also represents contractors in a wide variety of business matters, including contract negotiations, project administration, closeout, construction defect defense and payment disputes, including the assertion and enforcement of mechanics’ and materialmen’s liens and performance and payment bond claims. Additionally, Mr. Irvin advises contractors in administrative matters before the Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors, the Tennessee Occupational Health and Safety Administration (TOSHA) and the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). He is a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 listed civil mediator.

Justin Joy

Special Counsel at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Joy provides counsel to clients in various industries in the area of information privacy and cybersecurity including incident investigation and breach response management, regulatory compliance, privacy and security policy review and drafting, and cyber risk management. Specifically in the area of healthcare, he counsels covered entities and business associates on a variety of matters pertaining to HIPAA privacy rule, security rule, and breach notification rule compliance.

Adam Rust

Special Counsel at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Rust serves as special counsel in the firm’s Knoxville office and focuses his practice primarily on civil litigation. He handles cases involving a wide range of individual and corporate clients, including the areas of employment law, transportation, construction and general tort litigation. Mr. Rust also spends a significant amount of his time representing businesses in commercial disputes. Additionally, he provides counsel to both private and public employers regarding a variety of employment matters. Mr. Rust has served as first chair counsel in jury trials before Tennessee state and federal courts, in addition to regular motion practice in both state and federal court.

Paul Whitt

Shareholder at Lewis Thomason

Mr. Whitt, a shareholder in the firm’s Knoxville office, practices in the areas of construction law and litigation, including professional liability defense of design professionals, such as engineers, architects and surveyors, as well as professional liability representation of accountants and lawyers. He also has significant experience in general civil litigation and in the representatioin of insurance carriers in first party actions brought by insureds related to coverage matters, claims of bad faith, insurance fraud and other extra-contractual matters.

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.