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Presenter: Michael J. Baker and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Irvine, CA

Irvine Marriott
18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612
Phone: 949-553-0100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Construction Contract Essentials 
E. Luschei, K. Dorse

  Key considerations in public versus private construction projects
   Project delivery systems: traditional design-bid-build, design-build,
      performance specifications, construction manager at risk, multiple prime contractors
   Roles and relationships of project participants: owners, architects/engineers, 
      construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
   “Top ten” contracting issues for construction contracting, including terminology, 
      parties, term, performance, changes, claims, substantial performance, breach, 
      termination, remedies, and damages

Reviewing Bidding Documents 
M. Baker

   Bid form 
   Bid bond 

Reviewing Project Documents 
M. Baker

   Use of standard forms or custom documents
   Performance bond
   Payment bond
   Contract conditions (general and supplementary)
   Specifications (Format, CSI 1995 and 2004)
   Shop drawings
   Contract modifications (change orders, directives, etc.)

Understanding Issues in Contract Administration 
A. Carno

   Insurance and indemnity issues
   Changes and change orders
   Substantial and final completion
   Breach and pitfalls

Examining Contract Changes and Addressing Problems 
M. Salamone

   Changed conditions
   Project documentation
   Delays, acceleration
   Handling payment claims and final payments
   Understanding contractual and statutory warranties
   Resolving disputes through mediation, arbitration, litigation

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction Contracting 
M. Salamone

   Promoting impartial, merit-based award of construction contracts
   Ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance
   Creating a system of internal practices promoting contract compliance
      and ethical practices

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Non-Credit for CA Architects

Professional Engineers
7.0 Continuing Education Hours

7.0 Continuing Education Hours

* Continuing education not mandatory in California

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to California architects.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this activity for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES course information.

This course offers a 7.0-hour non-credit continuing education opportunity to professional engineers licensed in California.

Architects and 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 continuing educations rules to determine eligibility.

This course also offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. Credit approval is not being sought in any state with a contractor continuing education requirement.

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.


Michael J. Baker

Michael J. Baker is a practicing construction lawyer and partner at Snell and Wilmer, LLP. He specializes in the representation of owners, designers/engineers and general contractors. He has practiced in this area of law for over 20 years. Mr. Baker is defined by his experience in representing public and private owners, design professionals and contractors in business and contractual matters, as well as in disputes before trial courts, arbitration panels, and mediators involving structured construction projects. Mr. Baker’s transactional experience in construction and design related matters includes drafting contracts on behalf of owners, contractors and design teams, concerning all project delivery methods as well as drafting building program management agreements and construction management agreements for building programs. He is also a seasoned and experienced trial lawyer, having brought to trial for decision or verdict 20 cases in 11 different counties in the State of California.

Anna M. Carno

Anna M. Carno is president of Carno Law Group, a Professional Law Corporation. For over 25 years, her practice has focused on representing those in the construction industry. She has represented the legal interests of general contractors, developers, specialty subcontractors, engineering firms, design professionals, equipment rental companies, trucking companies, and various materialmen and suppliers. Carno Law Group has also developed a niche practice with respects to government contracts and SBE/WBE/MBE/VBE and SBA 8 (a) certification issues. Ms. Carno graduated cum laude from Loyola Marymount University, and she received her juris doctorate degree from Loyola Law School. She has spoken at numerous seminars regarding construction-related topics and has authored numerous publications regarding construction and litigation.

Kevin A. Dorse

Kevin A. Dorse is the managing partner at Theodora Oringher, PC. He has been representing business and government clients for over 30 years focusing on complex commercial litigation in a wide variety of industries and issues, including contract disputes, class actions, intellectual property, product liability, insurance coverage, health care, and construction. Mr. Dorse heads the firm’s Construction Disputes Group specializing in heavy construction, structures, tunneling, pipelines, and engineering disputes. He has worked on some of the most noteworthy and complex infrastructure projects in Southern California and the country, including the LAUSD and LA Community College school bond construction programs, the LACMTA Hollywood/Vermont Redline Subway Tunnels, the MWD Inland Feeder Project and Arrowhead Tunnels, the Exposition Light Rail Line, 210 Freeway Extension, North Hollywood Redline Subway Tunnels, and Prudhoe Bay Oil Field. Prior to joining Theodora Oringher PC, Mr. Dorse was a partner with the law firm, Jones Day in Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and his juris doctorate degree from the University of Miami School of Law where he was valedictorian.

Erich R. Luschei

Erich R. Luschei is a senior attorney at Theodora Oringher PC who has practiced in construction law for over 30 years. His practice focuses on complex construction litigation and transactions with an emphasis on large infrastructure projects. He represents owners, contractors, design professionals and prime subcontractors in state and federal courts in the United States and in international arbitrations. His clients include the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the City of Long Beach, the County of San Bernardino and County of San Bernardino Flood Control District, and the Los Angeles Unified School District. Mr. Luschei has authored numerous construction-related publications and frequently speaks on construction-related topics at industry events.

Mary A. Salamone

Mary A. Salamone, a partner at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP, has dedicated her 32-year career exclusively to the specialized area of construction law. She has represented virtually every participant in the building industry on both public and private works of improvement, which affords her a unique perspective to assist in understanding and resolving claims in a cost-effective manner. She has handled multi-million dollar disputes on high profile, complex construction projects. Ms. Salamone is an active member of various trade associations and serves as a neutral with the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Salamone has received an AV Preeminent rating with LexisNexis/Martindale Hubbell, which is given to 2 percent of the lawyers in the country. She has also been repeatedly recognized by both Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of construction law, and she was selected as a fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America.

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: Construction Contract Workshop

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 7.0 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers the essentials of construction contracts, reviewing bidding documents, issues in contract administration, legal issues and contract disputes, and ethical issues in construction contracting.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to review and discuss bidding documents (invitation, bid form, instructions, bid bond, information, and addenda) and project documents (standard form or custom documents, agreement, payment bond, contract conditions, specifications, shop drawings, contract modifications).

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to recognize and avoid ethical pitfalls common to construction contracting by promoting impartial, merit-based award of construction contracts, ensuring honesty, integrity, fair-dealing and quality assurance, and creating a system of internal practices promoting contract compliance and other ethical practices.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand contract terminology, describe the roles and responsibilities of all the project participants (owners, designers, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers), differentiate project delivery systems (traditional design-bid-build, design build, construction manager at risk, multiple prime contractor, owner control), and differentiate types of construction contract types (lump sum, cost plus, time and materials, unit pricing).

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to assist in contract administration matters by understanding such matters relating to insurance and indemnity, subcontracts, changes and change orders, bonds, payments, mechanic's liens/stop notices, changed conditions, delays, acceleration/payment claims, and dispute resolution.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction contracts and documents.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/19/2021

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.