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


Managing Risk in the Practice of Engineering                                                   W. Thomas
Identifying engineering risks
Reviewing consequences of potential risks
Understanding principles of risk management
Complying with professional and ethical standards for Illinois engineers
Identifying strategies to minimize engineering risk and maximize positive results

Understanding How Contracts Can Shift,                                                        W.M. Bryant
Reduce (or Increase) Risk
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 Cybersecurity Liability and Risk                                     B. Dawson/S. Bowen
Current and anticipated legal landscape regarding data security and cybersecurity
Identifying cybersecurity threats and potential exposure to data breaches
Anatomy of a data breach or cyber attack and possible responses
Coverage available under cyber insurance policies
Examples of actual cyber events and lessons learned

Law of Engineering Malpractice                                                                              W. Thomas
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                   D. Dorfman
Negotiating fair and understandable contract terms
Implementing document retention policies and procedures
Utilizing forms and standard documents
Using alternative dispute resolution procedures

Managing Risk with General Liability                                                                  D. Dorfman
and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
Coverage provided by general liability vs. professional liability policies
Insurance availability
Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to design professional claims


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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.

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Professional Engineers
6.0 PDHs


Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers licensed in Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation does not pre-approve individual courses or programs.

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).


Sean Bowen CIPP/US

Seam Bowen, CIPP/US, is an associate at McDonald Hopkins and part of the firm’s national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team. His practice focuses on advising clients on best practices to prevent and respond to data privacy and cybersecurity matters. His expertise includes providing pre-breach and incident response counseling and managing all aspects of cybersecurity incident response, including forensic investigations and remediation, media and third-party communications, data mining, breach notification, subrogation, and litigation. Mr. Bowen has experience managing media and third-party communications with state, federal and international regulators and represents his clients in connection with government investigations that arise out of cybersecurity issues. Mr. Bowen also provides counseling on matters relating to HIPAA, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, GDPR, CCPA, FERPA, PCI-DSS, and various state data protection and breach notification laws. He also has experience advising and assisting with proactive data privacy measures and breach prevention, including the creation of information security plans and programs, acceptable use policies, and incident response plans.

W. Matthew Bryant

W. Matthew Bryant is Counsel with Saul, Ewing, Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, where he focuses his practice on construction law. He writes and negotiates construction contracts for private and public projects, representing participants including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, and subcontractors. Mr. Bryant resolves construction project performance and payment disputes, including surety bond claims and mechanics lien claims. He also represents owners and contractors in litigation matters including defense and prosecution of breach of contract, warranty, and construction defect claims. Mr. Bryant has defended design professionals against claims of professional negligence. He has written and spoken on many construction-related topics, including contract negotiation, public construction, and licensure of construction professionals. Among other organizations, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Division 7 for Insurance, Surety, and Liens.

Blair Dawson CIPP/US. CIPP/E. CIPM

Blair Dawson, CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM is a member at McDonald Hopkins. Her practice includes extensive experience responding to data security incidents while ensuring her clients remain compliant with state, federal and international requirements, as well as managing operational and reputational impact. She also develops and provides oversight for complex insurance programs, implementing cyber incident response policies and protocols, overseeing risk management, engaging in insurance program negotiations, retaining and overseeing outside counsel, providing client training to mitigate risk, and resolving insurance coverage disputes. Ms. Dawson’s experience includes representing private companies and public entities whose operations have been affected by ransomware attacks or impacted by a business email compromise. She is certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as an accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).

Daniel A. Dorfman

Daniel A. Dorfman is a capital partner and chair of the Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP’s Chambers-ranked Construction Law Group. He has been named among the leading construction law attorneys in Illinois by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Mr. Dorfman represents local Chicago-based and nationally prominent owners/developers and some of the largest and most well-known design and construction professionals in the country on their most important projects – both on the front end in drafting and negotiating complex agreements and on the back end litigating and trying to verdict all types of commercial construction disputes. He also serves as Acting General Counsel for construction industry clients. In addition to being an accomplished construction lawyer, Mr. Dorfman has a related policyholder/insurance Coverage practice representing insureds in securing millions of dollars of coverage, both within and outside of the construction industry, in insurance coverage disputes. He is a frequent presenter, author and academic lecturer on construction law topics.

William S. Thomas

William S. Thomas is a co-founder and member of Gausnell, O’Keefe & Thomas, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he focuses his practice on handling matters involving the construction process, including up-front contract reviews, commercial litigation, professional liability defense and trial work. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects in all phases of construction claims. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois, the Federal Court of Claims, and several Federal Courts. Mr. Thomas is a member of the Defense Research Institute and its Construction Law Committee, Product Liability Committee, Building Products – Substantive Litigation Group, and Professional Liability Committee, where he served on the Steering Committee, and Design Professional Subcommittee. Mr. Thomas is an associate member of the ASCE and the AIA, and is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. He is recognized by U.S. News – Best Lawyers as a Best Lawyer in Construction Law, and was honored as Lawyer of the Year in Construction-Litigation for 2022.