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Presenter: Mark Becker and 5 more

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Iowa Engineering Law and Ethics Day I
Monday, June 22, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (including a 30-min. break)

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
M. Kaufmann

   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

Professional Liability Law
K. Caster

   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 Business Law
C. Hendricks

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

Iowa Engineering Law and Ethics Day II
Tuesday June 23, 2020 | 11:00 am - 3:30 pm (including two 15-min. breaks)

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
A. Rastelli

   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

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers
J. Lande

   Cyber security threats and business exposure to data breaches
   Anatomy of a data breach or cyber attack and the spectrum of possible responses
   Coverage that is available under cyber Insurance policies
   Examples of actual cyber events, with lessons learned from those events

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice
M. Becker

   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

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct
M. Becker

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

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This webinar offers Iowa professional
engineers 8.0 PDHs, including 2.0 ethics hours.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This live, interactive webinar is open to the public and offers 8.0 PDHs, including 2.0 ethics hours, to professional engineers licensed in Iowa. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Iowa.

Attendance will be monitored, and completion certificates will be available after the successful completion of the quiz (multiple attempts allowed) that follows the instructional period of the webinar.


Mark Becker

Attorney & Shareholder at Fabyanske Westra Hart & Thomson 

Mr. Becker is a leading construction lawyer recognized for his skillful advocacy and professionalism in resolving his clients’ most challenging construction-related disputes or negotiating their most significant construction contracts. His experience and practice focus on innovative early mediation methods of dispute resolution set him apart from other lawyers with a traditional litigation-centric focus. Through his effective early mediation advocacy, Mr. Becker has successfully resolved many high-stakes, multi-party, and complex construction disputes for his clients before the onset of the most significant litigation expense. He served as chair of the Construction Law Section of the Minnesota Bar Association in 2017. He is a member of the Associated General Contractors of Minnesota. Mr. Becker received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, and his J.D. degree from University of Iowa College of Law. He is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.

Kevin Caster

Attorney and Senior Vice President at Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Mr. Caster’s law practice focuses on commercial litigation, and particularly on construction litigation. Many construction suits involve both claims about professional negligence and claims about the breach of construction contracts. Mr. Caster has written and spoken extensively on many construction law issues, including construction contract law, AIA contracts, implied warranties in construction contracts, economic loss doctrine, the standard of care for design professionals, and construction accidents. He is the author of the Iowa chapter of State-by-State Guide to Architect, Engineers and Contractor Licensing, second edition. He is an allied individual member of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the Cedar Rapids Home Builders Association.

Colin Hendricks

Attorney at Brown Winick

Mr. Hendricks is an attorney with Brown Winick in Des Moines. As an attorney, he takes pride in listening, understanding is clients’ objectives, and providing practical legal advice in an easy-to-understand format. Mr. Hendricks talks straight and educates clients about what he’s doing, why he’s doing it, and how it accomplishes their goals. His background in estate planning, tax, and business formation/succession allows him to help clients navigate the tax, legal, and practical aspects of owning and operating businesses from formation to sale. Originally from Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mr. Hendricks stayed in-state to earn his economics and law school degrees from the University of Iowa.

Michael Kaufmann

Attorney at Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman

Mr. Kaufmann is a litigation attorney with a general practice encompassing business and commercial litigation, construction and design, insurance defense, and labor and employment litigation. He has experience assisting clients with a variety of issues, including construction defect and mechanic’s lien litigation, trade secrets and business torts, contract disputes, federal civil rights litigation, and insurance coverage disputes. As a current member of the Construction Law Section Council of the Iowa State Bar Association, Mr. Kaufmann stays abreast of legal issues facing Iowa’s construction industry.

John Lande

Attorney and Shareholder at Dickinson Law

Mr. Lande is a shareholder at the Dickinson Law Firm in Des Moines, Iowa, and chair of the firm’s Cybersecurity, Data Breach, and Privacy section. His cybersecurity practice involves advising clients on pre-incident controls and policies, post-incident response, litigation and litigation risk, insurance coverage disputes, and regulatory response. Mr. Lande is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), and he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA in 2019. Mr. Lande is a frequent presenter on cybersecurity and actively contributes to Dickinson Law’s cybersecurity blog.

Andrea Rastelli

Attorney at Dickinson Law

Ms. Rastelli is an associate at the Dickinson Law Firm in Des Moines. Her practice specializes in providing solutions for startups and emerging companies, as well as established businesses and financial institutions, including cybersecurity, intellectual property, secured transactions, privacy and corporate governance. She has experience working in financial services on legal issues surrounding data privacy, intellectual property, and secured transactions.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $299.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $299.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $199.00

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