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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am EDT
11:45 am – 12:15 pm EDT
Afternoon Session
12:15 – 4:30 pm EDT


Recognizing Your Rights, Responsibilities                     C. Dutton
and Risks under Contracts
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

Preventing and Defending Professional Liability Claims                     E. Pempus
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

Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct                     E. Pempus
Sealing of documents
Standards for responsible charge of engineering work
Unauthorized practice of engineering
National Society of Professional Engineers’ Code of Ethics

Developments in Federal and Ohio Environmental Law                     R. Elliott
Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
• Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ASTM E1527-21)
• Water quality enforcement
• Stormwater permitting
• Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

Handling Ethical Issues in Engineering Practice                     D. Holthus
Handling common ethical issues:
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

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:                     M. Schonauer
Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, and Trade Secrets
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



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 can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Ohio Engineers
7.0 PDHs (2.0 Ethics)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This course is open to the public and offers 7.0 professional development hours, including 2.0 ethics hours to professional engineers licensed in Ohio.

Ohio’s State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Surveyors does not pre-approve continuing education providers or activities, however to the best of our knowledge this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Christopher J. Dutton

Senior Associate, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, LLP
Christopher J. Dutton is a partner with Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Cincinnati where he focuses on construction and commercial business litigation. He has been involved in the successful resolution of claims in state and federal courts in Ohio and Kentucky as well as multiple private arbitrations and mediations. Mr. Dutton’s pre-law background is firmly rooted in the construction industry. In 2003, he received his undergraduate degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati. He worked for an ENR Top 500 Specialty Contractor as a project manager/estimator before and while attending law school. Mr. Dutton has also served as an adjunct professor and volunteer in the University of Cincinnati’s Construction Management program since 2007.

Ryan D. Elliott

Ryan D. Elliott is an associate in the Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP’s Columbus office and a member of the energy and environmental group. He counsels clients in all aspects of environmental law, including administrative appeals, litigation, transactional matters, and federal and state air, water and waste regulatory compliance and permitting matters. Mr. Elliott has experience handling matters involving the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Emergency Planning, and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Eric O. Pempus FAIA. Esq. NCARB

DesignPro Insurance Group – A Wichert Insurance Agency
Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB has been a risk manager for more than 17 years with experience in architecture, engineering, law and professional liability insurance, with a unique and well-rounded background in the construction industry. Prior to risk management, he has 25 years of experience in the practice of architecture and engineering, and as an adjunct professor teaching professional practice courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the last 35 years. As a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and AIA National Ethics Council 2021 Chair, he has demonstrated his impact on architectural profession. Eric is the chair of his city’s Board of Zoning & Building Appeals for over 20 years, and has presented numerous loss prevention and continuing educational programs to design professionals and students in various venues across the United States and Canada. He is licensed in architecture, law and property and casualty insurance. 

Matthew J. Schonauer

Matthew J. Schonauer is the founder of Schonauer Law LLC. He received his bachelor of science degree in Mathematics from Butler University, his bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and his juris doctorate degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He is a patent attorney registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he is admitted to practice in Ohio, before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, and before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Sixth Circuits. Mr. Schonauer represents clients domestically and internationally with respect to intellectual property matters.