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Presenter: Timothy P. Duggan and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Princeton, NJ

Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 609-987-1234

This seminar is closed or full.


Due to health and safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, this seminar is now being offered as an online webinar.
Follow this link for registration: https://www.halfmoonseminars.org/seminars/133187/land-laws-and-ethics-for-civil-engineers-and-land-surveyors-seminar/princeton-nj

Eminent Domain
T. Duggan

   Overview of Eminent Domain law
      • Source of power
      • Traditional public projects (ie. road widening, public school, etc.) 
        and redevelopment projects
   Overview of legal process to take property
      • Litigating the right to take property • Litigating amount of just compensation
   Engineers and Surveyors – what is your role?
      • Pre-litigation analysis 
      • Highest and best use analysis
      • “Reasonable probability” 
      • Testifying as an expert witness
   Tips and pitfalls for acting as an expert witness

Site Contamination Law 
S. Humphreys

   Discovering existing soil and/or groundwater contamination
   Understanding applicable rules and regulations
   Understanding liability issues
   Exploring remediation and brownfield redevelopment

Land Use Law 
G. Forshner

   Understanding land use law
   Governmental power and authority to zone
   Comprehensive land use planning and zoning
   Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment jurisdiction
   Finding existing land use laws and regulations
   Seeking zoning variances or rezoning 
   Types of approvals
   The engineer’s role in land use hearing 
   Outside agencies – timing and role 
   Participating in land use litigation and appeals
   Two takeaways – simple and important, but often skipped

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct 
W. Testa

   Complying with New Jersey rules of professional conduct
   Sealing of documents
   Standards for responsible charge of engineering work
   Unauthorized practice of engineering
   National Societies of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors’ Codes and Canons

Understanding Adverse Possession 
C. Hopkins

   The history of adverse possession
   Statutory law
   Case law on adverse possession
   Maintaining a claim for adverse possession
      • Statute of limitations 
      • Elements of a claim
   Defending against a claim for adverse possession
   Practical location of boundaries

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Land Surveyors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 CPC Credits
     Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

Land Surveyors
     NJ Approval Pending

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No. 24GP00000700), and this course offers 6.5 CPC credits/continuing education hours, including 1.0 CPC Ethics hour, to professional engineers licensed New Jersey.

HalfMoon Education has applied to the New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors for course approval for professional land surveyors, which is under review.

Professional engineers and land surveyors seeking continuing education credit outside New Jersey will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in some cases. Refer to specific state continuing education rules to determine eligibility.

Due to state-specific content, this course is not eligible for New York engineer or land surveyor continuing education credit.

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.


Timothy P. Duggan

Attorney with Stark & Stark

Mr. Duggan is chair of Stark & Stark’s Eminent Domain and Real Estate Tax Appeal Group. He represents individuals and businesses in eminent domain proceedings and has substantial experience litigating issues involving highway access management, relocation assistance and valuation. Mr. Duggan also represents certain public entities in road-widening projects which enables him to have a unique perspective when negotiating settlements. He prosecutes real estate tax appeals for most types of real estate, including shopping centers, apartment buildings, office buildings and warehouses. Mr. Duggan is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to bankruptcy, eminent domain and tax appeal matters.

Gary S. Forshner

Partner, Co-Chair, Redevelopment & Land Use Department with Greenbaum, Rowe Smith & Davis LLP

Mr. Forshner concentrates his practice in residential and commercial real estate development, redevelopment, and land use. Mr. Forshner represents owners and developers with regard to mixed-use, affordable housing, and residential, industrial, retail and office development projects. He has extensive experience in the telecommunications industry, including zoning and planning, leasing, and municipal bidding. His practice includes representation of national, international and local developers and businesses as well as charitable and religious organizations. Mr. Forshner served as special land use counsel to municipalities and to the New Jersey Builders Association. He is the former chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Land Use Section. Mr. Forshner regularly speaks on zoning and planning, redevelopment, affordable housing, sustainable energy, land use, eminent domain, and land real estate transactions.

Christopher D. Hopkins

Counsel with Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer P.A.

Mr. Hopkins’ practice consists of representing developers and investors in connection with the acquisition, disposition, leasing, development and re-development of commercial real property. His practice runs the gamut of real property transactions from leasing, financing and redevelopment to affordable housing development, condominium association formation and returning contaminated properties or “Brownfields” to beneficial use. The breadth of his practice also extends to counseling clients on land use matters and on a variety of environmental regulatory compliance and permitting issues, including ISRA compliance, environmental due diligence, Superfund and other liability concerns. Mr. Hopkins participates in a number of industry organizations including the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, where he sits on the legislative affairs committee, the New Jersey Builders Association and the National Brownfield Association.

Steven Humphreys

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Mr. Humphreys is an attorney with the law firm of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, where he concentrates his practice on all aspects of environmental law and related counseling of businesses. He advises businesses on regulatory compliance and management of environmental risk in matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA); the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA); the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; and various other federal, state and local environmental laws. He also works on the environmental aspects of business transactions.

Wendy Testa

Partner at Wilson Elser

Ms. Testa focuses her legal practice on insurance coverage and defense litigation as well as risk management services in the areas of professional liability; construction/construction defects; general liability; product liability; contract drafting, negotiating and disputes; and employment practices. She has also litigated matters alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and advised clients on best practices in this area of the law. Ms. Testa is experienced in the defense of architects, engineers and surveyors and is a member of the firm’s design professional practice. She performs contract review and drafting services for design professionals and engages in contract negotiations on behalf of these clients. Ms. Testa received her J.D. degree from Widener University School of Law.

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.