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Presenter: Patricia A. Laughman and 4 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
D. Spurgeon

   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

 Engineering Business Law 
D. Spurgeon

   Understanding forms of business organizations 
      • Corporations, partnerships, limited liability 
        companies, sole proprietorships 
   Complying with regulations governing design firms 
   Understanding employment law issues

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers 
J. Scuderi

   Understanding business insurance coverage: 
      general liability vs. professional liability policies 
   Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance 
   Understanding insurance policies: 
      • Indemnities 
      • Assignment 
      • Insurance availability 
      • Warranties, guarantees and certifications 
   Recognizing and responding to claims

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct
P. Laughman

   Washington Administrative Code requirements for professional conduct 
   Standards for responsible charge of engineering work 
   Case studies: featuring a discussion of real-life ethical issues 
   Sealing of documents

Professional Liability Law 
K. Oles

   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 
   Determining damages 
   Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation 
   Obtaining Insurance coverage for professional liability claims

Engineering Contracts in the New Decade: How Technology 
& Climate Impose Unpredictable Risks for WA Design Professionals
G. Palachuk

   Balancing economic considerations and allocation of responsibilities for project 
      participants, particularly design professionals, with emerging technologies like 
      artificial intelligence, drones, blockchain, digital twins and digital delivery, 
      smart contracts, etc.
   The obligations and legal implications of climate change for design professionals 
      and project owners 
   Emerging legislation and case law on climate change 
   Risks for negotiating design-side contracts in light of developing technologies, 
      climate change implications, and emerging laws

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar offers a 6.5 hour professional
enrichment opportunity to Washington engineers.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 6.5 hour continuing education opportunity to Washington engineers.

Continuing education is not mandatory for Washington engineers, but this course will qualify for required continuing education in many states, 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.


Patricia A. Laughman

Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.

Ms. Laughman is an integral member of Cairncross & Hempelmann’s Litigation Practice Group. For several years, she has represented engineering and architectural firms and other commercial entities in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts. Her practice focuses primarily on complex commercial disputes, construction litigation, risk management, professional negligence, and errors and omissions claims. She also does transactional work and has drafted, negotiated, and analyzed design and construction contracts for a vast array of construction projects. Companies of all sizes and local government entities repeatedly rely on Ms. Laughman’s litigation experience.

Karl F. Oles

Stoels Rives LLP

Mr. Oles is a partner of Stoel Rives who practices in the firm’s Construction and Design group. For more than 30 years, he has helped owners, architects, engineers and contractors solve complex legal problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and trial. Mr. Oles has also drafted, negotiated and analyzed multimillion-dollar design and construction contracts on a wide variety of construction projects. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s construction panel. Mr. Oles is a co-author of the current standard treatise on Washington lien law. Mr. Oles was selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” for construction law by Chambers USA in 2019 and has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© guide for construction litigation since 2013. Mr. Oles received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. He is admitted to the bar in Washington and to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Geoff F. Palachuk

Lane Powell PC

Mr. Palachuk is a member of the Construction Group at Lane Powell. He represents large and mid-sized design firms, public owners, healthcare providers, and transportation companies. Along with his several years of trial and arbitration practice resolving construction disputes, Mr. Palachuk also drafts and negotiates complex construction contracts for design professionals and owners on some of the largest construction projects in the Pacific Northwest. He has been recognized as a Washington Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for construction litigation each of the last four years 2017-2020, and has been recognized by various trade publications or peer reviewers as one of the top attorneys in the Pacific Northwest each of the last six years. He has also served as a Diversity Scholar for the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, a member of the Washington State Bar Association Section on Construction Law, and on the Board of Trustees for the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. Mr. Palachuk earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from the University of Oregon and his law degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Joseph Scuderi

Cushman Law Offices, P.S.

Mr. Scuderi’s practice is primarily focused on construction, timber, and earth work issues. He also handles personal and property injury cases and insurance bad faith claims. He is known for his hard work and persistence on behalf of his clients. Mr. Scuderi earned his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He is currently licensed in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He is also a member of the Guam Bar Association and the Minnesota State Bar. Prior to attending law school Mr. Scuderi worked as a design architect, construction critical path method scheduler, and as a superintendent/field engineer for a large international general contractor. He recently served as chair of the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

Daniel J. Spurgeon

Martens + Associates P.S.

Mr. Spurgeon is a seasoned first-chair trial attorney holding law licenses in the states of Washington and California where he practices in state and federal courts and private arbitration. His ten years of attorney experience includes litigation and transactional work in the fields of construction law, administrative law, regulatory compliance and employment law; in both single plaintiff and class action cases. His construction law experience includes prevailing wage, public works, defect and payment disputes including stop payment notices, bond claims, mechanics liens, eight-digit insurance coverage disputes and breach of contract cases. His employment law experience includes wage and hour, wrongful termination, statutory discrimination, hiring practices, statutory leaves, and retaliation claims. In addition to graduating in the top-third of his class from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles he also holds a master’s degree in project management. As a retired military officer and Air Force and Army veteran he possesses worldwide experience in aerospace and defense including law enforcement, anti-terrorism planning, aircraft maintenance management, and process improvement.

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.