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Presenter: Richard Arneal and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Oakland, CA

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oakland Airport
77 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621
Phone: 510-638-7777

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 
L. Lubka

   Examining key contract terms: Parties, substantial performance, 
      incorporation by reference, material breach, remedies, damages
   Studying roles and relationships of project participants: owners, architects/engineers, 
      construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and vendors/suppliers
   Understanding the project delivery system: traditional design-bid-build, 
      design-build, construction manager at risk, multi-prime contractor, GMP
   Exploring the law of construction contract interpretation

Reviewing Bidding Documents 
L. Lubka

   Invitations to bid Requests for proposal Solicitations
   Bid bonds Disclosures Addenda

Reviewing Project Documents 
L. Lubka

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

Examining Legal, Contractual and Insurance Issues 
R. Arneal, M. Meinert

   Insurance and indemnity issues  
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties and working with other provisions

Practical Business Tips and Recent Trends 
R. Arneal, M. Meinert

   Lead generation and marketing; your contract and the consumer  
   When the relationship goes bad; mitigating the losses, liens and lawsuits
   Recent trends: labor complaints, bonds and Contractors State License Board (CSLB) 

Contractor State License Board Complaints 
S. Weinstein

   How to avoid a complaint?
   Complaint basics, stages and logistics
   Various outcomes and disciplinary actions

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers  
     7.0 PDHs

     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours
     (non-credit in California)
     7.0 LU/Elective

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

*does not qualify for California
accessibility requirement

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 continuing education hours to architects in most states with continuing education requirements. This seminar does not qualify for California’s mandated accessibility continuing education requirement for architects. Continuing education is not required of California professional engineers.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|Elective (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/ CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES 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 architect continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity for construction contractors. Credit approval is not being sought in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

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.


Richard Arneal

Partner, Van De Poel, Levy, Arneal & Serot, LLP

Mr. Arneal is a focused and driven attorney with over 30 years in civil defense litigation specializing in construction defect and construction site accident litigation. He has participated in over 20 jury trials with three trials to verdict and eight others settling after opening statement. Mr. Arneal has appeared before the 4th District Court of Appeal and has participated in over 300 arbitrations and/or mediations. He has also been selected to speak at numerous conferences, has assisted in insurance carrier training and serves as an in-office mentor for incoming attorneys. Mr. Arneal is a peer nominated northern California Super Lawyer.

Laurence "Larry" Lubka

Partner, Lubka & White LLP

Mr. Lubka focuses on private and public works contracts, federal government contracts, contract drafting and contract disputes. He represents clients throughout the world, on tasks ranging from local payment disputes to drafting contracts for projects overseas. Mr. Lubka represents public entities, general contractors, engineering firms, major subcontractors and suppliers. His 30 plus years of representing clients has involved a wide range of matters, ranging from nuclear power plants to residential defect disputes. Mr. Lubka has experience in a wide variety of contract types, such as firm fixed price contracts, lump sum contracts, GMP contracts, construction manager at risk (CMAR), design build, cost type contracts, incentive contracts, time and material contracts and contracts prepared to address special risk situations.

Michael Meinert

Attorney, Owner of Meinert Law

Mr. Meinert is an experienced litigator and transactional attorney, focusing upon Construction and Consumer Law. Most of his clients are business owners and his versatile general practice law office allows him to serve and counsel them in a well-rounded manner. Mr. Meinert prides himself on taking a common-sense and practical approach to any situation or anticipated issue that may arise. Prior to opening his own solo-practice, he was an associate at two major firms in the Bay Area. Born and raised in Iowa, he has traveled the world extensively, worked all over the globe, and is proud to be an eight-year Decorated Veteran of the United States Air Force. He believes in serving whatever community he finds himself in, and has volunteered at orphanages, kid's camps, elderly care facilities and service organizations of many types all over the world.

Seth Weinstein

Attorney, Founding Member of the Law Offices of Seth Weinstein. P.C.

Mr. Weinstein’s law practice encompasses three categories of administrative law at the state and federal levels in California; professional license defense, business regulatory compliance and education law. He represents licensed professionals before the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) in disciplinary matters involving state agencies that issue professional licenses. Mr. Weinstein routinely represents contractors before the Contractors State License Board and engineers and land surveyors before the California Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

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 and Business Workshop.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines contraction contract essentials, bidding documents, reviewing project documents, legal, contractual and insurance issues, practical business advise, and the process of avoiding and responding to complaints to state licensing boards.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss contract terms, roles and relationships of project participants, project delivery systems, and the law of construction contract interpretation.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to review bidding documents and other project documents.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss contract legal, contractual and insurance issues, dispute resolution, and warranties.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss state licensing board processes for handling complaints filed against construction contractors and designers.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                             LU Type: LUs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contracts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/13/2022

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.