Agenda

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST


Managing Risk in the Practice of Engineering

Presented by: H. Hughes

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

Understanding How Contracts Can Shift, Reduce (or Increase) Risk
Presented by: K. Sherman

  • 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

Managing Risk with General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
Presented by: E. Moore, CIC, LIC

  • Architect and engineers’ professional liability insurance history and availability
  • Differences of general liability vs. professional liability coverage
  • Professional liability insurance policy – declaration, insuring agreement, definitions and conditions
  • Certificates of insurance and additional insureds
  • Indemnities
  • Warranties/guarantees, certifications and standard of care
  • Recognizing and responding to a potential claim with current claims statistics

Law of Engineering Malpractice
Presented by: S. Stoner

  • 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
Presented by: E. Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB

  • 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

Minimizing Risk by Maximizing Compliance with Rules of Professional Conduct 
Presented by: E. Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB

  • Complying with rules of professional conduct
  • Preventing conflicts of interest
  • 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
  • Reviewing ethics case studies and hypotheticals

 

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Credits

Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs*
Including 1.0 ethics hour

*This course is not approved in New York or in states which require HSW coursework.


Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs, including 1.0 ethics hour, for professional engineers in most states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130).

This course is not approved in New York or in states which require HSW coursework.

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).

On-Demand Credits

The preceding credit information only applies to the live presentation. This course in an on-demand format may not be eligible for the same credits as the live presentation; please consult your licensing board(s) to ensure that a structured, asynchronous learning format is appropriate.

Speakers

Hayley M. Hughes

Associate Attorney with Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC in St. Louis, MO

Ms. Hughes engages in a variety of civil defense litigation ranging from general liability to professional liability, including complex litigation. She received her B.S. degree from Illinois College and her J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law. Given her business background as an undergraduate, Ms. Hughes brings an exceptional touch that complements the firm’s design and construction focus.

Eric A. Moore, CIC, LIC

Vice President Moore Insurance Services

Mr. Moore is a Certified Insurance Counselor and Licensed Insurance Counselor who has specialized in insuring architects, engineers, environmental consultants, and surveyors for over 25 years. He is past president of a/e ProNet, current chair of the City of Hillsdale Planning Commission, and trustee on the Hillsdale Community Schools Board of Education, and active with the Exchange Club of Hillsdale. Moore Insurance Services was founded in 1894 as the W.D. Taylor Agency, Charles L. Moore purchased the agency in 1968 and the Moore family has continued providing professional and personal insurance service that William Dempster Taylor started 129 years ago.

Eric O. Pempus, FAIA, Esq., NCARB

DesignPro Insurance Group-A Wichert Insurance Agency

Mr. Pempus has been a risk manager for more than 18 years, with experience in architecture, engineering, land use, law and professional liability insurance, and a unique and well-rounded background in the construction industry. Prior to risk management, he had 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. He is a licensed architect, attorney and property and casualty insurance agent.

Kenneth A. Sherman

Member Prince Lobel Tye LLP in Boston, MA

Mr. Sherman is a member of Prince Lobel’s Construction and Business Transactions practice groups. He is an experienced construction attorney with significant construction transactional, consulting, and litigation experience. In this capacity, Ken assists construction project owners, developers, general contractors, construction management firms, subcontractors, and material suppliers with real-time project consulting, drafting and negotiating all manner of construction agreements and forms, and with prosecuting and defending construction disputes. He advises clients during the construction delivery process, assisting with the drafting and review of all forms of design, construction, and consultant agreements. Mr. Sherman has experience preparing, negotiating, and amending the standard suite of industry form agreements (e.g., AIA, DBIA, and ConsensusDocs) and preparing other forms of agreement like EPC agreements, construction management agreements, surety forms, guaranteed maximum price contracts, purchase orders, master service agreements, and other ancillary documents used for, by, and with construction project owners and developers, construction management firms, subcontractors, design professionals, and material suppliers.

Scott D. Stoner

Partner Starr, Butler & Stoner, PLLC

Mr. Stoner has successfully defended claims against design professionals for design defects, tortious interference, failure to inspect, and damages for delay, and he has handled contractor claims and surety and lien claims. In addition, he frequently represents shareholders in various business disputes, including breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and usurpation of corporate opportunity. Mr. Stoner has successfully tried cases in both state and federal courts. His contributions to the legal profession are not limited to the courtroom. He has lectured extensively on various risk management issues for design professionals on areas such as contract drafting, project documentation, claims handling, and other issues that typically arise during the course of a construction project. Mr. Stoner’s legal practice is centered on delivering the best possible legal outcome for his clients. He works to ensure that clients make solid and informed business decisions. He strives to educate clients on the law and to bring them as much information as necessary to ensure they make good business decisions. Mr. Stoner provides uncompromising legal representation for businesses and professionals. He relies on 25 years of experience in the legal field and a background of academic excellence. Mr. Stoner earned his Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Political Science from Indiana University in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1996.