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Presenter: Mark Cooper and 4 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Online

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Day One: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
11:00 am - 2:30 pm EDT (including a 30-min. break)

Contract Law Primer for Engineers
J. Spurr

   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. Spurr

   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 claim

Day Two: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
11:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT (including two 15-min. breaks)

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers
M. Cooper

   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

Developments in Federal and Michigan Environmental Law
A. Siegal

   Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
      • Pollution prevention      • Water quality enforcement
      • Stormwater permitting  • Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
   Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA
      and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

Engineering Business Law
R. Hamor

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

Cyber Security Issues for Engineers
T. Gast

   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

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 webinar offers 6.5 continuing education hours
to Michigan professional engineers.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers licensed in Michigan. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Michigan.

Professional engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to claim the hours earned from this webinar in many cases. Refer to specific state rules 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).


Mark Cooper

Partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Mr. Cooper is an attorney in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction & Development, and Insurance practice groups. He is also a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and serves as the firm’s Risk Management Counsel. Mr. Cooper specializes in commercial and general liability matters that include construction defect, development and contract issues, real estate litigation, business torts, contract disputes, professional liability, and all aspects of insurance coverage, for both insurer and policyholders, including comprehensive opinion recommendations. He also focuses on overall client risk management consultation and has extensive experience defending general liability matters. A trained mediator, Mr. Cooper regularly litigates, tries and arbitrates complex disputes nationwide. He has considerable first-chair experience in all facets of litigation, including numerous trials, arbitrations and other methods of alternative dispute resolution. He provides overall risk management and insurance-related consulting services to businesses in varied industries throughout the country.

Taylor A. Gast

Associate at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Mr. Gast helps businesses and organizations of all sizes and at all stages of development grow and solve problems. He provides practical and thoughtful advice on issues including technology law, data privacy and cybersecurity, startups, mergers and acquisitions, taxation, and contracting. Mr. Gast’s breadth of legal expertise complements his focus on providing practical guidance to help businesses grow and address challenges. Mr. Gast is based in Lansing and counsels clients in Detroit, Grand Rapids, and throughout Michigan.

Robert A. Hamor

Associate at Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC

Mr. Hamor provides value-added representation for clients in the areas of for-profit and non- profit corporate transactions and governance, commercial real estate, and related litigation matters. Known for his responsiveness and no-nonsense advice, Mr. Hamor zealously represents his clients on the formation, governance, and development of businesses entities; contract negotiation, drafting, implementation, and enforcement; real estate matters such as leases, purchase agreements, environmental compliance, and enforcement of property-related contracts; construction contracts and disputes; government compliance in regulated industries; employment issues; and buying and selling businesses. Mr. Hamor graduated in the top 3% of his class from Western Michigan University - Thomas M. Cooley Law School, magna cum laude, with multiple certificates of achievement. He was a guest speaker at the 2011 American Bar Association Mid-Year Event lecturing on the housing crisis and its effects on communities of color. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Hamor was involved with and ran several real estate and finance companies with a focus on commercial real estate transactions.

Arthur Siegal

Partner at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss

Mr. Siegal leads the firm’s Environmental Law practice group. He represents clients dealing with governmental regulations and compliance, focusing on environmental rules and liabilities, and brownfield redevelopment and incentives. Mr. Siegal is often asked to assist the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy (EGLE formerly MDEQ) with difficult issues. He has significant legislative experience, including:
     • Assisting in crafting 2010 Michigan’s Part 201 “superfund” amendments
     • Chairing the subcommittee of a 2014 Stakeholder Initiative that redrafted and
        strengthened Michigan Act 381 – the brownfield financial incentive statute
     • Drafting new coal ash legislation for Michigan
     • Serving on the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel

Mr. Siegal focuses on innovative “green” redevelopment, green energy issues, and defense of “greenwashing” claims. Visit his blog at https://www.jaffelaw.com/news-insights/category/ michigan-green-law/, where he addresses current environmental issues.

James E. Spurr


Mr. Spurr specializes in resolving disputes, from trials in state and federal court, to arbitrations, mediations and facilitations. Many cases involve real estate and development, construction projects, commercial transactions, contracts and business deals gone awry. Mr. Spurr has resolved many disputes between shareholders and partners, and issues involving corporate governance. He also has substantial experience in probate court, assisting families, trustees and beneficiaries involving their rights in trusts and estates. Mr. Spurr has concentrated upon claims arising from complex construction projects for more than 25 years. He has advocated for, defended against and resolved claims involving corporate headquarters, manufacturing facilities, college and university buildings, public works projects, municipal parks, local schools and athletic arenas. The claims range from interference and delay, to lost productivity, defective buildings, design negligence and serious accidents. His expertise has led him to speak before and serve on the faculties of major nationwide construction law seminars and industry symposiums. In resolving disputes, Mr. Spurr has come to master skills such as creativity and problem solving, effective negotiating, persuasive advocacy and writing, and the effective use of expert witnesses.

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.