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
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
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
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
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:
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
Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice
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
Who Should Attend
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.
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.
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.
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.
Attorney at Dickenson Wright in Austin
Mr. Mason’s practice focuses on patent acquisition in semiconductors, microprocessors and memory, databases and storage, graphics processing, electronic commerce, network equipment and software, and mobile computing and sensor systems. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Mason served as general counsel of an Internet advertising startup in Austin, Texas. His practice has previously included IP aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, software licensing agreements and research contracts. Mr. Mason is admitted to practice in Texas and before the USPTO. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University (1999) and his J.D. degree from Baylor University (2003).
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.
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.