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Presenter: Gina Fonte and 5 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

This seminar is closed or full.


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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm

Break:                                 12:15 - 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 – 5:00 pm

Overview of Contract Law 
W. Venoit

   Understanding the basics of contract law
   Standard forms of agreement
   Negotiating contract terms
   Contract documents and formation
   Scope of services and changes
   Making changes to contracts

Stormwater Management on Construction Sites 
D. Phillips

   Overview of Stormwater Law
   EPA’s Construction General Permit (CGP) requirements
   Regulatory minimum requirements, 40 CFR 450.21

Discussing Women in Construction 
J. Murphy

   Industry trends
   Attracting and keeping female employees
   Avoiding legal issues with employment discrimination
   Protecting employees and the company from sexual 
      harassment issues

Meeting and Exceeding Federal, 
State and Local Safety Requirements
G. Fonte

   Occupational Safety and Health Administration update
   State and local safety regulations
   Allocating responsibility for construction site safety
   Strategies for maintaining site safety
   Reporting construction site injuries

Handling Ethical Issues in Construction 
J. McNamara

   Avoiding ethical issues during the bidding process
      • Gifts, favors and the appearance of impropriety
   Your duties to your employer, the project owner, 
      and other project participants
   Adopting practices that minimize ethics issues
   The ethics of safety: fulfilling duties to employees and the public

Reviewing Accessibility Standards and Compliance 
E. Kuehn

   What standards apply and when?
   Federal standards
      • ADA Standards for Accessible Design
      • Architectural Barriers Act
      • Fair Housing Accessibility Guidelines
   State and local standards and building codes

Webinar Instructions

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Webinainstructions will be emailed before the date of the webinar.

Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am

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

Break:                                 12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 4:30 pm

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     7.0 HSW Contact Hours
     7.0 AIA HSW Learning Units

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Contact Hours (PDHs)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 HSW contact hours to architects and 7.0 PDHs to engineers in most states. Educators and courses for Massachusetts architects are not subject to pre-approval.

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

Architects and professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned at this event, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a construction 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.


Gina Fonte

Ms. Fonte is senior counsel at Holland & Knight’s Boston office and concentrates her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) law, and whistleblower claims. Ms. Fonte is co-chair of Holland & Knight’s OSHA, Workplace Safety and Whistleblower Claims Practice Team. She is OSHA 10-hour and 30-hour certified and has lectured as a program instructor at the OSHA 30-Hour Safety Course for the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts. As part of her OSHA workplace safety and whistleblower practice, Ms. Fonte has counseled construction, manufacturing, university and retail industry clients through OSHA investigations, the citation contest and negotiation phase, and through legal proceedings in matters involving workplace near-misses, accidents, serious injury and death. She has also advised public transportation clients and financial institutions on OSHA whistleblower claims.

Elise Kuehn

Attorney at Lane McNamara

Ms. Kuehn is an associate at the law firm of Lane McNamara LLP. Her practice areas include construction and employment law. A graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., 2009), Ms. Kuehn earned her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property (J.D., 2013). Her practice areas include construction and surety law and litigation. Ms. Kuehn has worked in the field of litigation since graduating and has served as a graduate judicial intern with the Honorable Timothy S. Hillman in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Ms. Kuehn joined Lane McNamara LLP in 2016, and in 2019 she was named a New England Rising Star by Boston Magazine.

John McNamara

Attorney and Founding Partner at Lane McNamara

Mr. McNamara is a founding partner of the law firm of Lane McNamara LLP. His practice areas include construction law, employment law, suretyship, trial practice and insurance defense. The Martindale-Hubbell National Law Directory has awarded Mr. McNamara an AV Rating, the highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics. He has also been named a New England Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Boston Magazine. This designation is limited to the top five percent of attorneys in New England. Mr. McNamara has been selected for Top Lawyers as published in the Boston Globe.

Jessica Murphy

Of Counsel Attorney at Mirick O’Connell

Ms. Murphy is of counsel with Mirick O’Connell DeMallie & Lougee, LLP in Massachusetts. She is part of the firm’s Litigation Department, Construction Group and Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group. For the past 15 years, she has litigated commercial disputes and construction issues. Ms. Murphy represents a variety of local and national companies, including manufacturing companies, construction companies, banking and financial institutions, and professional service firms. Ms. Murphy is a member and past president of the Greater Worcester Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC). She is also currently president of the Board of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester, Inc.

Dianne Phillips

Attorney and Partner at Holland & Knight

Ms. Phillips is an attorney in Holland & Knight’s Boston office who concentrates her practice in litigation, regulatory, energy and environmental law. Ms. Phillips’ environmental practice focuses on brownfields redevelopment and remediation, including former military installations, former manufactured gas plants (MGPs) and vapor intrusion sites. Her energy practice focuses on LNG terminal operations, natural gas pipeline permitting and operations, construction, and eminent domain. Her litigation experience involves hazardous waste disputes, civil and administrative enforcement defense under federal and state environmental regulatory programs, and defense of citizen suits under the CWA and RCRA, as well as construction, land use, permitting, utilities, regulatory, toxic tort and contract matters.

Wendy Venoit

Attorney and Partner at Hinckley Allen

Ms. Venoit is a partner in the Construction Practice Group of Hinckley Allen. Her practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of domestic and international construction disputes, including litigation in state and federal forums, and mediation and arbitration before the AAA, JAMS, LCIA, ICDR and ICC. She is also regularly called upon to draft and negotiate contracts, and to counsel clients during the course of construction projects so as to avoid disputes, but (if necessary) to develop, prosecute and defend claims. Ms. Venoit is a past chair of the ABA Forum on Construction Law, a fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and co-chair of the National Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Arbitration Association. Ms. Venoit is a board member of Women in Construction, and she has served as the president, treasurer and secretary of the Connecticut Chapter of the Professional Women in Construction (PWC).

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.