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 C. Nyenhuis
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
Cyber Security Issues for Engineers H. Ostrow
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
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets K. Ondersma
Securing ownership and protecting your intellectual property though patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets
Leveraging your intellectual property though licenses and other technology agreements
Due diligence to avoid infringement issues
Policing intellectual property rights
Professional Liability Law J. Spurr
Reviewing the grounds for professional liability claims
Identifying who can bring a claim
Examining common sources of professional liability claims
Reviewing defenses to liability claims
Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims
Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers A. Pieti
Understanding business insurance coverage:
general liability vs. professional liability policies
Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
Understanding insurance policies:
• Insurance availability
• Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to claims
Developments in Federal and Michigan Environmental Law S. Sutherland
Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
• Pollution prevention
• Water quality enforcement
• Stormwater permitting
• Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Who Should Attend
This seminar offers 7.0 continuing education
hours/PDHs to Michigan professional engineers.
Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours (PDHs) to Michigan professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Michigan.
Professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. 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.
Chris E. Nyenhuis
Chris E. Nyenhuis, an attorney at Hilger Hammond, focuses his practice on commercial, probate, and construction litigation, family-owned businesses and closely-held companies, and manufacturing. Mr. Nyenhuis regularly appears in both state and federal courts. He has represented public and private companies, small businesses and individuals in a range of industries, including manufacturing, finance and technology. Mr. Nyenhuis has broad experience resolving disputes prior to litigation, obtaining favorable settlements during litigation and arguing and prevailing on motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. He has experience in all aspects of pre- and post-trial litigation.
Karl T. Ondersma
Karl T. Ondersma, a partner at Gardner, Linn, Burkhart & Ondersma LLP, is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan. He specializes in the procurement and protection of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent procurement and litigation, and he is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Ondersma held several engineering positions over an eight-year career with the Diesel Technology Company of Grand Rapids, including group manager, resident engineer in Mannheim, Germany at a Daimler-Benz diesel engine production plant, and product engineer for the design and development of heavy-duty diesel fuel injection systems.
Anthony Pieti, an associate at Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP, focuses his practice on the defense of professional liability claims. Before pursuing a career in law, Mr. Pieti spent 10 years at Ford Motor Company and Visteon working in automotive design and test engineering. He also has a master’s degree in Finance and handles commercial litigation and transactions involving engineering related matters, as well as analyzing all financial aspects/ impacts to professional liability claims. Mr. Pieti has successfully represented and defended insureds and insurers in a variety of claims in federal, state, and municipal courts in all facets of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and he regularly handles appeals in the Michigan Court of Appeals.
James E. Spurr
James E. Spurr, a principal at Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C, specializes in resolving disputes, from trials in state and federal court, to arbitrations, mediations, and facilitations. He has concentrated on claims arising from complex construction projects for more than 30 years. Mr. Spurr has advocated for, defended against, and resolved claims involving corporate headquarters, manufacturing facilities, college and university buildings, public works projects, municipal parks, local schools and athletic arenas. The claims range from interference and delay, lost productivity, and defective buildings to design negligence and serious accidents. He has served on the faculties of major nationwide construction law seminars and industry symposia.
Suzanne P. Sutherland
Suzanne P. Sutherland is an associate at Barnes & Thornburg LLP where she is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Department. Ms. Sutherland focuses her practice in the areas of development and construction matters and the acquisition, leasing, sale, and financing of real property. She also counsels clients on environmental compliance and enforcement (including air quality and chemical regulation); remediation, corrective action and voluntary cleanups; environmental diligence for commercial and real estate “brownfields” transactions; and wetlands permits. In addition to construction matters, she has experience counseling a range of clients on business planning, and on contract review, negotiation and preparation.