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Presenter: W. Matthew Bryant and 2 more

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Advanced Construction Contracts: Drafting, Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Monday, July 27, 2020 | 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM CDT

Handling Construction Contract Issues Related to COVID-19
Jason N. Smith

   Understanding how COVID-19 has impacted the construction industry
   Dealing with delays, work stoppages and other
      performance disruptions
   Defining “excusable delays” in light of COVID-19
   Examining force majeure contract language
   Temporary suspensions of contracts
   Issues with claims and adjustments
   Insurance considerations
   Best practices to manage risk beyond the pandemic

Managing Risk in Construction and Design Contracts
W. Matthew Bryant

   Fundamental risk management concepts
   Contract provisions AEC professionals must know
      • Limitation of liability
      • Indemnification
      • Insurance considerations
      • Waiver of subrogation
      • Jobsite safety
      • Differing site conditions
      • Delay damages clause
      • Warranties
      • Payment provisions
      • Dispute resolution mechanism
      • Termination/breach
   Modifying standard form contracts
   Contract negotiation techniques and strategies
   Preventing unfair or one-sided contracts
   Legal case studies: the law of construction contract interpretation

Resolving Construction Disputes
Michael E. Wagner, Jr.

   Types of disputes and causes of conflicts on construction projects
   Techniques to reduce the possibility of disputes
   Contractual mechanisms for dispute resolution
   Risks and benefits of various dispute resolution forums
      • Negotiation
      • Mediation
      • Arbitration
      • Litigation
      • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
   Best practices to achieve desirable outcomes
   Dispute resolution case studies

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers:
     4.0 PDHs

     4.0 CE Hours
     4.0 AIA LU|Elective

Continuing Education Credit Information

Individual courses for engineers and architects are not subject to pre-approval. HalfMoon Education does not apply for landscape courses in FL, NC, and NJ or land surveyor courses in FL, KS, NJ, TN and TX, unless expressly stated.

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   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885) International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
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     New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), and North Dakota.
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HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i) (2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


W. Matthew Bryant

Partner with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP

Mr. Bryant focuses his practice on construction and commercial litigation. He has represented owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors in lawsuits relating to construction defects, mechanics liens, bond claims, delay claims, change order disputes and fraud. Mr. Bryant has represented condominium developers, condominium associations, and unit owners in litigation matters including defense and prosecution of claims alleging violation of state condominium statutes, failure to adequately manage condominium finances, and breach of fiduciary duty claims. He has defended design professionals against claims of professional negligence. Mr. Bryant has also represented businesses in commercial disputes, including issues of corporate ownership and control, breach of fiduciary duty, and non-competition agreements.

Jason N. Smith

Jason N. Smith is a Partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP, and is co-chair of the Washington, D.C. Litigation Practice Group. His practice focuses on the representation of owners, design-builders, design professionals, construction managers, and general contractors in all phases of the construction process. Mr. Smith’s pre-construction experience includes drafting and negotiating construction contracts, construction management, and design agreements. Mr. Smith assists clients with pursing their rights through litigation and alternative dispute resolution. His litigation experience includes all manner of construction and design disputes, including impact and delay claims, construction and design defects, differing site conditions and design negligence. Mr. Smith has substantial experience arbitrating and litigating design and construction claims, with a proven track record of success. He is an advocate for early case assessment and mediation, and he has successfully resolved numerous claims through mediation. Mr. Smith has represented clients in state courts throughout the United States, federal courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, the American Arbitration Association, and in several non-administered arbitrations.

Michael E. Wagner, Jr.

Michael E. Wagner, Jr is an Associate at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP. He regularly drafts and negotiates construction and design contracts on behalf of owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in order to allocate and mitigate risks and avoid disputes and the associated expense. He has drafted customized agreements for clients and also has experience working with form agreements, such as the AIA, DBIA, and ConsensusDocs. Mr. Wagner’s transactional work spans multiple different project delivery methods, including design-bid-build, design-build, EPC, and public-private partnerships (P3). He has participated in all aspects of a construction project—from project conception, design, contract negotiation, and preconstruction—through the stages of project delivery, construction, close-out, and operation. As a result, he has substantial experience in both transactional work and claims and disputes. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Wagner worked for a general contractor, where he was involved in preconstruction and project and risk management for multiple commercial and government construction projects, with a focus on heavy- civil, highways, utilities, and other public infrastructure work.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $199.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $199.00

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

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Advanced Construction Contracts: Crisis Response, Risk Management, and Dispute Resolution

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines construction contract issues related to COVID-19, risk management contract provisions essential to design and construction professionals, and managing/resolving construction disputes through contractual mechanisms.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the construction industry, including how delays and work stoppages have prevented design and construction professionals from meeting their contractual obligations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to apply best practices learned from the pandemic to better manage risk in the future.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and explain contractual provisions architects, engineers and contractors must know to manage risk

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss the importance of preventing unfair or one-sided contracts that benefit any stakeholders in a construction project.

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to describe the types and causes of disputes that are common to construction projects, identify techniques that can reduce the possibility of disputes, and explain the risks and benefits of various dispute resolution forums.

LUs: 4.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|Elective

Prerequisites: Experience with construction contracts and project management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 05/06/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.