Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:15 – 1:15 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:15 – 5:00 pm

Managing Risk in the Practice of Engineering 
S. Cook

    Identifying engineering risks
   Reviewing consequences of potential risks
   Understanding principles of risk management
   Complying with professional and ethical standards
   Identifying strategies to minimize engineering risk and maximize positive results

Understanding How Contracts Can Shift, Reduce (or Increase) Risk 
G. Baldwin

   An overview of contract law and key concepts
   Understanding contract formation and revision
   Recognizing liability exposure under contract
   Reviewing standard contract provisions and understanding their impact on risk
      • Guarantees, warranties and indemnities
   Understanding consequences for delay, disruption, nonperformance, inadequate performance
   Using contract terms to manage risk

Law of Engineering Malpractice 
B. Wheatley

   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

Reducing Risk for Yourself, Your Company and Your Clients 
C. Stacy

   Negotiating fair and understandable contract terms
   Maintaining adequate documentation
   Implementing document retention policies and procedures
   Utilizing forms and standard documents
   Communicating with clients and other parties
   Implementing quality control practices
   Using alternative dispute resolution procedures

What to Do When Risk Results in Potential Liability 
T. McCreight

   Understanding causes of professional liability claims
   Parties who can bring a claim for professional negligence
   Understanding the standard of care
   Understanding the law of damages
   Resolving professional liability claims

Minimizing Risk by Maximizing Compliance  
with Rules of Professional Conduct
T. O’Halloran/K. Houchin

   Complying with rules of professional conduct
   Preventing conflicts of interest
   Complying with rules on sealing of documents and plans
   Preventing the unauthorized practice of engineering


Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs, Including 1.0 Ethics Hour

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, to professional engineers in most states, including Texas. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Texas.

Engineers seeking continuing education credit outside Texas should refer to specific state continuing education 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.

Cancellations: Cancel at least 48 hours before the start of the seminar, and receive a full tuition refund, minus a $39 service charge for each registrant. Cancellations within 48 hours will receive a credit toward another seminar or the self-study package. You may also send another person to take your place.


George Baldwin

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.,

Peckar & Abramson, P.C., Austin
Mr. Baldwin represents clients in construction law and litigation. He has experience in all phases of the public contracting process, including bid and proposal preparation, and resolution of contract award controversies, performance-related disputes and claims. Mr. Baldwin has experience in litigation and dispute resolution before arbitration panels, administrative agencies, and boards of contract appeals. He has litigation experience in state and federal courts. His construction clients include both public and private owners, commercial general contractors engaged in both public and private work, specialty subcontractors and suppliers.

Stephanie Cook

Cokinos Young

Cokinos Young, Austin
Ms. Cook has extensive experience with a wide range of business disputes, having successfully represented contractors, banks, insurance companies, owners, developers, and individuals in complex commercial and construction litigation and bankruptcy. She has handled, tried and/or appealed a wide variety of commercial cases in state and federal courts in Texas, including matters related to fraud, construction defects, commercial leases, subcontractor and general contractor disputes, director and officer liability, lender liability, transportation claims, and professional liability. Ms. Cook has counseled owners, contractors, banks, insurance companies, and officers/directors in workouts of debt, collection of assets, and recovery of administrative claims. Ms. Cook frequently presents on engineering liability and risk management and is a member of the Legal Affairs Committee for the Geoprofessional Business Association.

Karly Houchin

Allensworth & Porter

Attorney at Allensworth & Porter in Austin
Ms. Houchin works primarily with engineers and architects on professional liability cases and on complex, multi-party disputes. She represents clients in front of professional licensing boards and defends design professionals against design and construction defect claims, construction delay cases, and traffic control plan disputes. Known for her dedication to legal scholarship, Ms. Houchin’s work has been published in the Texas Construction Law Journal and she is often called upon to analyze intensive case law and develop sophisticated legal strategy.

Tracy Mccreight

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C., Austin
With a broad background in complex litigation and arbitrations, Ms. McCreight’s experience includes litigating a variety of commercial, construction, and real estate disputes, as well as employment issues, in both state and federal courts in Texas and in other parts of the country. In her construction practice, Ms. McCreight focuses on representing owners in construction defect matters and contract disputes. Prior to joining Munsch Hardt, she was a litigation associate in the New York and Texas offices of a renowned international law firm. During law school, Ms. McCreight was a judicial intern for Former Chief Justice Marilyn Aboussie of the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. She is currently president of the Travis County Women Lawyer’s Association and has served on the Board since 2014.

Christopher Stacy

DuBois, Bryant & Campbell

DuBois Bryant & Campbell, Austin
Mr. Stacy is a partner at DuBois Bryant & Campbell and has over 15 year of experience, and he brings an extensive construction background to his practice as an attorney. Before entering law school, he obtained a degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas and spent several years working in the construction industry on interstate highway, oilfield, water, wastewater and corrections projects in Texas, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico. Mr. Stacy’s practice is divided between drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts and litigating disputes that arise in the construction industry.

Tyler O’halloran

Allensworth & Porter

Allensworth & Porter, Austin
Mr. O’Halloran defends design professionals in disciplinary and registration proceedings, and he handles complex construction litigation cases for clients from all over the construction industry. From design defect defense cases, to large, multi-party construction disputes involving document-intensive litigation, Mr. O’Halloran has extensive experience identifying the key. issues critical to a client’s success and harnessing technology to manage complex cases.

Benton Wheatley

Duane Morris, LLP

Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Mr. Wheatley practices in the area of construction law with a focus on construction, design and engineering disputes and transactions. His practice has included: complex delay; impact; defective design; defective con­struction or differing site conditions claims involving mediation, litigation or arbitration; and problem project workouts, including negotiating with sureties and owners. He also has experience with the drafting and negotiation of complex construction, design and engineering contracts and environmental issues concerning construction projects. Mr. Wheatley is certified in Construction Law by the State Bar of Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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