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Presenter: Robert N. Kelly and 4 more

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Seminar Location: Online

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Log into Webinar:                8:00 - 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:15 pm EDT
Break:                                 12:15 - 1:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session:             1:15 - 4:30 pm EDT

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
M. Wagner, Jr.

   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
J. Smith

   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

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers
S. Pollock

   Rapidly evolving legal landscape regarding data security and cybersecurity
   Cyber security threats and business exposure to data breaches
   Anatomy of a data breach or cyber-attack and the spectrum of possible responses
   Examples of actual cyber events, with lessons learned from those events

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct
R. Kelly

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

Handling Ethical Issues
in Professional Engineering Practice
E. Saboura-Polkovotsy

   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

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers
E. Saboura-Polkovotsy

   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

Webinar Instructions

Each webinar session earns continuing education credit and can be registered for individually. All attendees must log-on through their own email – attendees may not watch together if they wish to earn continuing education credit. HalfMoon Education Inc. must be able to prove attendance if either the attendee or HalfMoon Education Inc. is audited.

Certificates of completion will be provided for each webinar attended and will be sent via email in PDF form about five business days after the conclusion of the series.

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Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This course offers Maryland engineers
6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour and
1.0 professional conduct hour.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers Maryland professional engineers 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour and 1.0 professional conduct hour. One of those hours can be applied to the general CPC requirement. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for engineers licensed in Maryland. Individual courses are not subject to preapproval.

Professional engineers seeking professional development hours in other states may be able to claim the hours earned for this webinar. Refer to specific state hours to determine eligibility.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Robert N. Kelly

Robert N. Kelly is a director at Jackson & Campbell, P.C. in Washington D.C. His practice has concentrated on the counseling and defense of clients in litigation arising out of construction defect and delay claims, professional liability claims, environmental and toxic tort disputes and pharmaceutical product liability claims. He also assists insurance companies in resolving coverage questions arising under general liability policies, and he represents insurers in coverage litigation. Mr. Kelly speaks and publishes frequently on litigation and insurance coverage topics. He authors and provides annual updates to the chapters on District of Columbia law in the highly-regarded Tort Law Desk Reference and the Product Liability Desk Reference. He has been appointed a fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and has received the coveted “SuperLawyer” designation for Washington, DC, in the field of professional liability defense. Mr. Kelly’s education includes a BSE degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University.

Spencer S. Pollock, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPM

Spencer S. Pollock, Esq., CIPP/US, CIPM is an attorney in the Corporate and Litigation Departments at Niles, Barton, & Wilmer, LLP, concentrating his practice in date security, cybersecurity, and privacy law. As an attorney, Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP-US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Mr. Pollock assists clients in navigating and complying with the applicable state, federal, and international data security, cybersecurity, and privacy laws and regulations. Further, he performs the necessary due diligence on the client’s third-party service providers to assess and confirm their compliance with these laws and regulations. In the event of a data breach, Mr. Pollock analyzes and determines the applicable laws impacting clients and assists each with all the necessary steps to stay compliant to avoid fines, penalties, and potential regulatory investigations and civil lawsuits.

Elias G. Saboura-Polkovotsy, Esq.

Elias G. Saboura-Polkovotsy is a practicing litigation and trial attorney at Saboura, Goldman & Colombo, PC, in North Bethesda, Maryland. He litigates complex commercial, business, malpractice and professional regulatory matters throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Over the past 15 years, Mr. Saboura-Polkovotsy has defended professionals in all types of professional liability matters arising out of alleged errors and omissions related to professional services in a wide range of professions including, attorneys, architects, engineers, design professionals, real estate professionals and healthcare professionals. He has also represented professionals with respect to peer review and other disciplinary matters and advised them in various other regulatory compliance matters. Prior to Saboura, Goldman & Colombo P.C., Mr. Saboura- Polkovotsy was a shareholder at a 30+ attorney civil litigation and insurance defense firm in the Washington Metropolitan area. Prior to law school, he served as the director of International Sales and Marketing for a primary contractor to the US Department of Defense.

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: $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.