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Presenter: Pete Domenici and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albuquerque, NM

Courtyard by Marriott Journal Center
5151 Journal Center Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Phone: 505-823-1919

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 Overview and Resolving Disputes 
P. Merrill

   How to make changes to a contract
   Alternative dispute resolution
   Using the court to settle disputes
   Types of disputes
      • Quality of performance – defects
      • Breach of contract – not following plans
      • Liability, fraud, negligence
      • Pricing and financial matters
      • Timeline disputes

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

   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

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct 
R. Leonard

   Sealing of documents
   Standards for responsible charge of engineering work
   Unauthorized practice of engineering
   National Society of Professional Engineers’ Code of Ethics

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice 
W. Gerstle

   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

Developments in Federal and New Mexico Environmental Law 
P. Domenici

   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 New Mexico Environment Department

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs (2.0 Ethics)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar offers 7.0 PDHs, including 2.0 ethics hours, to professional engineers licensed in New Mexico. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in New Mexico.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in many 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.


Pete Domenici

Owner at Domenici Law Firm

Mr. Domenici has long-standing experience with all aspects of environmental law including compliance, damages, litigation, administrative proceedings, complex environmental projects and transactions and environmental insurance coverage. He also has years of experience on natural resource matters including water rights and water quality, mineral rights and mining, oil and gas law and other activities which impact land and water. He works on real property issues including quiet title, partition, probate and condemnation. Mr. Domenici also practices professional liability law involving negligence and licensing for lawyers, medical providers, realtors, appraisers and other professionals. He currently represents numerous cities, counties, acequias, ditches and individuals on water rights. Mr. Domenici was born in Albuquerque, NM where he and lived until moving to the Washington D.C. area for high school. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1981 and returned to New Mexico where he graduated from the University of New Mexico Law School in 1985. Mr. Domenici started Dolan and Domenici Law Firm in 1990 which became the Domenici Law Firm in 2005.

Walter Gerstle

Professor Emeritus at New Mexico State University

Dr. Gerstle received undergraduate education from Harvey Mudd College and from the University of Colorado, and MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University. He has been a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico for 33 years, and is now Professor Emeritus there. He is past president of the New Mexico Chapter of ASCE, NMSPE, and the UNM Chapter of Sigma Xi. Dr. Gerstle is currently the Secretary of the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.

Ray S. Leonard, P.E.

Consulting Engineer at A Different Race

Mr. Leonard is a consulting engineer at A Different Race in Santa Fe. Previously, he has been an adjunct professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Mexico, where he taught classes on Engineering Ethics and Project Controls. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers.

Peter Merrill

President/CEO at Construction Dispute Resolution Services

Mr. Merrill is the president and CEO of Construction Dispute Resolution Services, LLC. which widely recognized as the largest exclusive provider of construction ADR (alternative dispute resolution) in the USA, as they have construction ADR specialists located in all 50 states, Washington DC and in several foreign countries. Mr. Merrill serves on the Steering Committee of the New Mexico State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Committee and chairs the Arbitration Subcommittee. He is currently serving as the chairman of the American Bar Association Arbitration Committee’s Arbitration Rules Subcommittee. Mr. Merrill also serves on the Executive Board of the National Association of Home Builders representing the State of New Mexico. He is a past president of the Santa Fe Area Home Builders Association and in 2000 served as president of New Mexico Home Builders Association.

Justin Muehlmeyer

Attorney at Peacock Law

Mr. Muehlmeyer is an attorney at Peacock Law, P.C., practicing all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing, and litigation. He earned dual undergraduate degrees in Physics/Astrophysics and Philosophy of Economics, and now makes it his career to assist all creative types and inventors in generating value from their great ideas. Mr. Muehlmeyer came to Peacock Law in 2015 from the New Mexico Supreme Court, where he served as an attorney judicial law clerk to one of the most respected justices in the State’s history, assisting the court in resolving the State’s most complex legal questions. He is known for his classical guitar skills and plays at events around Albuquerque. Mr. Muehlmeyer serves on the Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the New Mexico State Bar and directs its annual Pro Bono Intellectual Property Legal Clinic.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $279.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.