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Presenter: Kristen M. Fries and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Toledo, OH

Radisson Hotel at The University Toledo Medical Center
3100 Glendale Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: 419-381-6800

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                                                                E. Pempus 

   Standard of care of the engineer
   Ownership of documents
   Indemnification clauses
   Warranties and guarantees
   Waiver of consequential damages
   Sustainable design
   Responsibilities for means and methods
   Limitation of liability 
   Dispute resolution 
   Design without construction phase services
   Fiduciary duties 
   Duty to comply with all laws, rules and regulations

Professional Liability Law                                                                                   S. Kelley

   Grounds for professional liability claims
      • Breach of contract
      • Negligence
      • Breach of warranty
   Who can bring a claim
   Case examples of defenses to liability claims
      • Standard of care
      • Statute of limitation
      • Statute of repose
      • Economic loss rule 
      • Spearin Doctrine 
   Determining damages
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
   Why obtain insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice                    E. Pempus

   Can ethics be taught?
   Concept-based ethics vs. rule-based ethics
   The newspaper test
   Care-based thinking – Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
   Greatest good for the greatest number of people  
   Environmental ethics
   Harassment in professional settings: ASCE, Canon 8: treat all persons fairly

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct                                            E. Pempus

   Engineers licensing code of conduct vs. voluntary professional association code of ethics
   Rules and examples of selected Ohio Code of Ethics for Engineers
      and Surveyors and NSPE rules
   Responsibility to the public - HSW 
   Whistle blowing
   Conflict of interest
   Solicitation of employment
   Environmental concerns 
   Signing and sealing documents
   Compensation for same project
   Unlicensed practice of engineering

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers       E. Pempus / S. Kelley

   Understanding insurance coverage
   Specialty coverages: environmental, EPLI, cyber
   Recognizing and responding to claims

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:                                                  K. Fries
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets

   Securing ownership of your designs through patents, trademarks,
      copyrights, and trade secrets 
   Leveraging your intellectual capital through licenses, franchises,
      and other technology agreements 
   Policing intellectual property rights and preventing infringement
   Resolving intellectual property disputes

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 CPD Hours
     (2.0 Ethics Included)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 CPD hours, including 2.0 ethics hours, to Ohio professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Ohio.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education hours in other states will be able to apply 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.


Kristen M. Fries

Kristen M. Fries is an attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. A patent attorney licensed in the State of Ohio, registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a registered Engineer-in-Training (EIT), Ms. Fries practices in the area of intellectual property and technology law, including prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications, infringement studies, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and related intellectual property matters. She is experienced in a broad range of technologies. Prior to attending law school, she worked
in the building materials industry as a project engineer for a manufacturing facility. While in law school at the University of Toledo College of Law, Ms. Fries served as note and comment editor for the Law Review.

Steven K. Kelley

Steven K. Kelley is a partner with Mazanec, Raskin & Ryder Co., L.P.A. Mr. Kelley’s primary career focus has evolved over the years beginning with an extensive general liability and insurance defense practice. He has considerable experience handling several specialty claim areas including professional liability, product liability, construction negligence, construction defect, commercial trucking, employer intentional tort and community association claims.

Mr. Kelley defends architects, engineers, surveyors, accountants, realtors, insurance agents, appraisers, home inspectors and other professionals against malpractice claims. Prior to joining the firm, he served as assistant vice president in CNA Insurance Company’s litigation department, in addition to his role as managing trial attorney for over 12 years. He is an active member of professional associations including: the Ohio State Bar Association, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), the Cleveland Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (former president), and theDefense Research Institute (DRI).

Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB

Eric O. Pempus is a risk manager with DesignPro Insurance Group, A Wichert Insurance Agency. For the last 15 years, his risk management focus has been in professional liability insurance, and construction and land use law for the design professions and the building industry. He combines this background with his 25 years of previous experience in the practice of architecture, engineering and construction management. Mr. Pempus is a professional practice adjunct professor who has taught graduate level courses for the last 33 years at Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, including “Leadership, Ethics & Office Management,” “Contract & Planning Law” and “Construction Management.” Mr. Pempus is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the AIA National Ethics Council. He has presented numerous risk management and loss prevention continuing educational programs to design professionals across the United States and Canada. He is a construction law attorney, a licensed architect and a licensed property & casualty insurance professional.

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.