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Presenter: Steven Nudelman and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Eatontown, NJ

Sheraton Eatontown Hotel
6 Industrial Way East
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Phone: 732-542-6500

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 - 5:00 pm

Understanding the Law of Professional Liability

   Understanding common sources of professional liability claims
      • Breach of contract
      • Negligence
      • Strict liability
      • Misrepresentation 
      • Fraud
   Litigating professional liability cases
   Insurance coverage issues
   Strategies for preventing professional liability claims

 The Architect’s Standard of Care

   Definitions Review of cases
   Builder’s set of drawings Shop drawings Satisfying permit requirements

Understanding the Law of Architectural Copyright

   Determining what information is copyrightable
   Understanding the benefits of architectural copyright
   Preserving your copyrights and preventing infringement of others’ copyrights

Architects and Construction Liens

   Eligibility – tier and timing Project type

Overview of Contract Law for Architects

   Understanding the basics of contract law
   Standard forms of agreement
   Negotiating contract terms
   Contract documents and formation
   Scope of services and changes
   Risk allocation provisions
   Making changes to contracts
   Breach of contract
   Dispute resolution

Complying with New Jersey Rules of Professional Conduct

   Ensuring competence
   Complying with duty to report and cooperate
   Avoiding conflicts of interest
   Understanding responsibility for full disclosure
   Preventing unauthorized practice

Understanding New Jersey Building Design Law & Design-Build

   Joint committee: powers and duties
   Classification of buildings and structures
   Contracts for services: what you agree to do
   Engineering systems designed by architects: what can architects do?

Brief Building Code Update and Discussion
   2018 adoption dates
   Proposed revisions
   Grace periods

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects

This course offers New Jersey architects
7.0 HSW continuing education hours.  
It is approved by the AIA/CES for 7.0 LU/HSW.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to New Jersey architects.

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Courses approved by the AIA/CES qualify for New Jersey architects. Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

Because this course contains information specific to New Jersey, it is not eligible for New York architect continuing education credit. It may be accepted for continuing education credit in other states. Refer to specific state 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.


Steven Nudelman

Partner, Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, LLP

Mr. Nudelman concentrates his practice in construction law. For over two decades he has represented members of the construction industry across a broad spectrum of matters. He has defended and asserted claims on behalf of owners, developers, condominium associations, general contractors, design professionals, subcontractors, vendors and sureties involved in public and private construction projects throughout the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. More specifically, he has extensive experience handling claims related to payment disputes, construction, design and performance defects, errors and omissions/professional malpractice, code violations, delay and disruption, liens, bonds, public contracting and violations under the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act. Mr. Nudelman also maintains an active transactional practice, drafting, reviewing and negotiating construction contracts for his clients with an emphasis on efficiency and practical results.

Charles Spitz

Owner, Charles A. Spitz, AIA, NCARB

Mr. Spitz earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University, and he is a graduate of the United States Naval War College. He is a registered architect in five states and specializes in providing forensic architecture and building diagnostic services as well as providing building code consulting services. Mr. Spitz is a former member and past president of the New Jersey State Board of Architects and has served on building code committees for AIA, NCARB, BOCA, ICC, AIA/NJ and several other national organizations. He is a member of the ICC Building Code Interpretations Committee, the Board of Directors of the Building Seismic Safety Council and the Board of Directors of the Consultative Council of the National Institute of Building Science.

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: Laws for New Jersey Architects.

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour live lecture presentation examines a variety of legal concerns for New Jersey architects, including avoiding practices that lead to liability claims, exceeding the architect's standard of care, design contracts, adhering to architect ethical standards, complying with rules of professional conduct, state building design law, building codes, construction liens, and copyright law.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the common sources of professional liability actions that betray the trust of, and duty to the client, including breach of contract, misrepresentation, negligence and fraud.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to adhere to ethical standards in construction to ensure the client will be treated fairly, and not be taken advantage of. This includes the practice of honesty, integrity, fair-dealing, quality assurance, and contract compliance.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to comply with New Jersey rules of professional conduct to protect the interest and welfare of the client/project owner, including ensuring competence, avoiding conflicts of interest, taking responsibility for full disclosure and avoiding unauthorized practice.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss legal standards under contracts, how they impact clients and projects, and how they can facilitate efficient quality construction.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to discuss other matters of interest to architects, including complying with contract administration responsibilities, changes, determining project completion, and resolving disputes.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with the legal concerns for New Jersey architects. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 09/10/2022

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.