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Presenter: Mark T. Coffin and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Goleta, CA

Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta
401 Storke Road
Goleta, CA 93117
Phone: 805-968-0500

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 - 11:45 am

Lunch (On your own):         11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Afternoon Session:             12:45 - 4:30 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials 
M. Coffin

   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 
D. Knight

   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.

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration 
P. Lindborg

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Changes and change orders
   Substantial and final completion
   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Contract Changes and Addressing Problems
C. Haskell

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

Litigating the Construction Case 
P. Williamson

   Evaluating insurance coverage as a prerequisite
   Identifying witnesses, gathering documentation, and initial meeting with counsel
   Responding to discovery
   Preparing for a deposition

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours
     (non-credit in California)
     6.5 AIA LU|Elective

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

*does not qualify for California
architect accessibility requirement

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 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 6.5 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.

Engineers and architects seeking continuing education credit outside California will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar in many cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to 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.


Mark T. Coffin

Mark T. Coffin is the founding partner of The Law Office of Mark T. Coffin. His practice includes business, real estate, and tort litigation. His trial experience includes jobsite accidents, construction defect cases, contract claims, property disputes, product liability, auto collisions, and professional liability litigation. Mr. Coffin has served on the boards of the American Association of Architects Santa Barbara Chapter, Santa Barbara Contractor’s Association, Ventura Contractor’s Association, and the Montecito YMCA. He is a past director of the Santa Barbara Bar Association and Barristers’ Club. He regularly speaks and publishes on a variety of legal topics, and serves as a mediator and Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Barbara Superior Court. Mr. Coffin is admitted to practice in all California courts and the U.S. District Court, Central District of California.

Christopher E. Haskell

Christopher E. Haskell is a partner at Price, Postel & Parma LLP. His practice involves complex business litigation focused on construction and real estate disputes. Construction matters involve both private and public works, and include a full range of claims involving architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, project owners, public agencies, lenders, and bond sureties. He has also counseled general contractors, design professionals, and project owners on preventive construction practices, the drafting of contracts, and other construction documents. Mr. Haskell has taught numerous seminars on construction matters, including on construction contracts, mechanic lien remedies, and green/sustainable construction.

Daniel J. Knight

Daniel J. Knight is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Daniel J. Knight. As a practicing attorney, lecturer, general engineering and building contractor, plumbing contractor and real estate broker, Professor Knight can truly be considered something of a “renaissance man” in real property-related matters. His law practice focuses on construction law and real property-related legal services with an additional focus on providing expert witness services in disputes ranging from initial consultation, to mediation, arbitration and/or trial. He is an adjunct professor in the Construction Management Department at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo, where he instructs, among other courses, Construction Law and Construction Accounting. Professor Knight holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accountancy from Walden University and a juris doctor degree from the Santa Barbara Colleges of Law. Prior to passing the bar and starting his own law practice, he worked his way through college and law school as the owner/operator of a successful construction, house lifting and moving business.

Peter F. Lindborg

Peter F. Lindborg is a founding partner of Lindborg & Mazor LLP, where he leads the firm’s construction practice. Lindborg and Mazor acts as general counsel to private entities and as outside counsel to private and public entities. The firm specializes in all facets of real estate and construction, from the negotiating and the documentation stage, through project completion and beyond, including the counseling of clients in claims avoidance and mitigation techniques and the mediation, arbitration and litigation of claims. Mr. Lindborg has been lead counsel in numerous trials and arbitrations involving the prosecution and defense of multi-million dollar construction and real estate claims. He has also represented clients before various state and federal administrative agencies and has appeared in a number of state and federal courts throughout the United States. Mr. Lindborg is a member of the American, California, New Mexico and Los Angeles County Bar Associations.

Peter M. Williamson

Peter M. Williamson is the founding partner of Williamson Law Firm. He has over 38 years of trial experience and has obtained multiple million-dollar verdicts and settlements (several of them record setting) for his clients. His practice emphasizes litigation involving business matters, construction disputes, the defense of wage and hour claims, and catastrophic injury claims. Mr. Williamson obtained his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his juris doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He is currently a member of the State Bar of California, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles, and American Attorneys for Justice. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Southwestern Law School. He is also a trained mediator and received part of his mediation training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Mr. Williamson has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2010.

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 Formation, Administration, and Litigation. 

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 hour course examines construction contract terminology, project delivery systems, types of construction contracts, roles of project participants, project documents, contract administration, contract changes, disputes, and litigation.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to define contract terminology, differentiate project delivery systems, and types of contracts, and define the roles and relationships of project participants.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and use appropriate project documents.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss issues in contract administration, including insurance, subcontracts, changes, payments, and breach of contract.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to handle contract changes, respond to specific problems, and participate in mediation, arbitration, and litigation to resolve disputes.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to discuss the elements and processes of construction litigation cases.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LUs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contracts and documents. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 08/23/2022

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.