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Presenter: Ian Cohen and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Austin, TX

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown
500 North Interstate 35
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-480-8181

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

Contract Law Primer for Engineers 
I. Cohen

   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

Professional Liability Law 
S. Haspel

   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
   Determining damages
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
   Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers 
A. Richie

   Understanding business insurance coverage:
      general liability vs. professional liability policies
   Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
   Understanding insurance policies:
      • Indemnities
      • Assignment
      • Insurance availability
      • Warranties, guarantees and certifications
   Recognizing and responding to claims

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:  
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets: 
J. McKinnie

   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

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice 
K. Houchin

   Promoting health and welfare vs. managing risk: complementary or conflicting duties?
   Protecting the environment: meeting or exceeding legal requirements
   Watching the bottom line: identifying and balancing economic pressures
      in design and construction
   Integrating new technologies: identifying and balancing the benefits and risks

Ten Most Common Mistakes Made by  
Small Companies and Startups
J. Harder

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar offers 6.5 PDHs, including
1.0 ethics hour, to Texas professional engineers

 Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to Texas professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Texas.

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.


Ian Cohen

Attorney at AECOM in Austin

Mr. Cohen is in-house counsel for AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services group. He is business counsel for the Gulf Coast and the lead intellectual property attorney for all of North and South America. As an engineer, Mr. Cohen worked on horizontal and vertical projects ranging from Boston’s “Big Dig” to San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. As an attorney, Mr. Cohen has litigated multi-million dollar construction and intellectual property matters across the country. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from Tufts University, a law degree from Boston College Law School, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.

Jonathan Harder

Of Counsel at Dickenson Wright in Austin

Mr. Harder provides clients with strategic counsel for intellectual property assets. He routinely represents various Fortune 500 and startup companies in preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications. He leverages his technical degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering, and Mathematics, as well as his experience as a software developer at a multi-national computer technology company, to effectively prepare and prosecute patent applications for clients. Mr. Harder’s practice focuses on the full life cycle of patents, which includes identifying patentable subject matter for clients, preparing patent applications, and performing prosecution procedures. His experience extends to a wide range of computer technologies, including virtualization, content sharing/management platforms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, optimization, smart home environments, autonomous vehicles, internet technologies, productivity applications, product design, and memory devices, among others.

Steven Haspel

Attorney at The Chapman Firm in Austin

Mr. Haspel is an attorney at The Chapman Firm in Austin, focusing on construction litigation, employment law, and business transactions. He has specific expertise in addressing complex disputes, including defects, contracts, and procurement. Mr. Haspel also represents clients regarding business torts, fraud, and governmental regulations. He graduated from The George Washington University Law School, where he was the president of the Mock Trial Board, executive chair of the Moot Court Board, a Dean’s Fellow, and a Thurgood Marshall Scholar.

Karly Houchin

Attorney at Allensworth & Porter in Austin

Ms. Houchin works primarily with engineers and architects on professional liability cases and on complex, multi-party disputes. She represents clients in front of professional licensing boards and defends design professionals against design and construction defect claims, construction delay cases, and traffic control plan disputes. Known for her dedication to legal scholarship, Ms. Houchin’s work has been published in the Texas Construction Law Journal and she is often called upon to analyze intensive case law and develop sophisticated legal strategy.

Jason McKinnie

Attorney at Gunn, Lee & Cave in San Antonio

Mr. McKinnie is a registered patent attorney with Gunn, Lee & Cave, P.C. He focuses his practice on intellectual property, including patent drafting, trademark and copyright registration, trade secret protection, and related litigation. Mr. McKinnie’s practice covers a diverse array of industries, including oil and gas, pharmaceutical, software and cyber security, and mechanical and electrical devices. He drafts and negotiates contracts such as licenses, assignments, asset purchases, non-disclosures, and non-competes. Mr. McKinnie is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Supreme Court of the State of Texas, and United States District Courts for the Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas.

Adam Richie

Attorney at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin

Mr. Richie is an attorney in the construction and construction litigation sections of Munsch Hardt. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Richie worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at a prominent consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as general counsel. He is also one of a handful of attorneys in Texas credentialed as a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional (AP). He has experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects. Mr. Richie has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes.

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.