Managing Engineering Liability and Risk in South Carolina
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Friday, December 16, 2022
8:30 am – 3:45 pm EST (incl. a 45 min break)
Kenneth B. Dantinne
Richard J. Storrs
Jordan N. Teich
Managing Risk in the Practice of Engineering
Identifying engineering risks
Reviewing consequences of potential risks
Understanding principles of risk management
Complying with professional and ethical standards for South Carolina engineers
Identifying strategies to minimize engineering risk and maximize positive results
Understanding How Contracts Can Shift, Reduce (or Increase) Risk
An overview of contract law and key concepts
Understanding contract formation and revision
Recognizing and limiting liability exposure under contract
Key contract provisions and their impact
Understanding claims and liabilities for delay, disruption, nonperformance, inadequate performance
Using contract terms to manage risk
Law of Engineering Malpractice
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
Participating in dispute resolution: arbitration, mediation, litigation
Reducing Risk for Yourself, Your Company and Your Clients
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
Managing Risk with General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
Coverage provided by general liability vs. professional liability policies
Certificates of insurance and additional insureds
Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to design professional claims
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Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and is designed to qualify for 6.0 PDHs for professional engineers in South Carolina. Courses and providers are not subject to pre-approval.
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).
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Kenneth B. Dantinne
Kenneth B. Dantinne, Attorney – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC
Kenny Dantinne is an experienced commercial litigator with a focus on the construction industry. Within his construction practice, Mr. Dantinne’s representation has included owners, developers, and contractors, but he focuses upon representation of design professionals. Mr. Dantinne takes his role as a counselor seriously, including working with design professionals prior to litigation to continually assess and manage potential risks and minimize exposure during contract formation and throughout construction projects. If litigation becomes necessary, Mr. Dantinne is experienced in front of judges and juries in state and federal courts as well as arbitrators.
Laura Locklair, Shareholder, Managing Attorney – Boyle Leonard & Anderson, P.A.
Laura Locklair joined Boyle & Leonard, P.A. in 2017, and is the managing attorney of the firm’s Charleston office. Mrs. Locklair studied at the University of South Carolina School of Law where she was a member of the Order of the Wig and Robe. After gaining admission to The South Carolina Bar in 2008, she began representing owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers in connection with design and construction defect litigation involving commercial properties and multi-family and single-family residential dwellings. Mrs. Locklair also has experience representing companies, homeowners’ associations, and property owners in personal injury cases arising out of alleged construction defects and industrial accidents, title insurance claims, and insurance disputes. Mrs. Locklair now focuses her practice on the representation of policyholders relative to risk transfer issues in the commercial general liability context, insurance claim presentation, bad faith matters, and commercial and business litigation.
In 2015, Mrs. Locklair was nominated for and held a seat on the General Counsel Construction Law Section for the South Carolina Bar. She was selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2018, a peer designation awarded based on, among other cogent factors, professional achievement in legal practice.
Richard J. Storrs
Richard J. Storrs Attorney, The Storrs Law Firm
Richard J. Storrs practices law and serves as an ADR professional in Atlanta, Georgia, at The Storrs Law Firm. He has practiced construction law and commercial litigation in Atlanta since 1984. Mr. Storrs is known for being a creative and experienced mediator, focusing on resolving construction and commercial disputes. He also serves as a respected arbitrator in construction and commercial matters. Mr. Storrs also continues to represent clients in construction law matters, commercial litigation, and real estate issues. He also assists with forming and structuring organizations, drafting agreements, and avoiding disputes before they arise. Mr. Storrs has taught design and construction law since 2006 at Georgia Tech, and at the law schools at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. He has appeared at numerous seminars and has written extensively about construction law issues. His publications include authoring chapters since 2012 on no damage for delay clauses and surety law in the annual Construction Law Update. Mr. Storrs received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, where he graduated with honors and served as a notes editor of the Georgia Law Review.
Jordan Teich, Attorney – Copeland Stair Valz & Lovell, LLP
Jordan Teich is a partner in the Charleston office of CSVL where her practice focuses primarily on Construction Litigation. She represents suppliers, manufacturers, general contractors, sub-contractors and design professionals. Jordan’s extensive background in insurance coverage litigation aids in the defense of those involved in claims involving property damage, personal injury, damages caused by design and construction defects and other disputes that can arise during a construction project.
With considerable experience in maritime-related fields, including commercial, environmental, asbestos and benzene litigation, Jordan strives to build a maritime practice at Copeland Stair. Jordan has successfully led cases in the courtroom as first and second chair on bench and jury trials in both federal and state courts, and has presented successful appellate arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jordan previously served as an Adjunct Legal Writing and Research Professor at her alma mater, Charleston School of Law, where she graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor. As a law student, Jordan received the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Arthur G. Howe Trial Advocacy Award and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers’ Harvey L. Golden Award. She received her undergrad in Business Administration–Marketing from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
Allen West, Attorney – Hamilton Stephens Steele & Martin, PLLC
Mr. West is licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and he practices primarily in the areas of construction, business litigation, real estate litigation, and bankruptcy. He regularly negotiates and drafts contracts for construction industry clients and provides practical counsel regarding risk assessment and claims avoidance. Mr. West also has substantial experience representing borrowers and guarantors in loan workouts and foreclosures, including the negotiation of loan modifications and forbearance agreements. Before joining HSSM, Mr. West was with the firm Kilpatrick Stockton. Prior to law school, Mr. West worked as a television reporter covering politics and government for WIS News in Columbia, South Carolina, and prior to that served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a noncommissioned officer. Mr. West also has experience as a senior executive for a leading lighting manufacturing company located in Charleston, South Carolina. Mr. West is a frequent lecturer on various construction related topics including lien law, construction contracts, claims avoidance and public contracting issues, and he has been invited to speak to the UNCC School of Architecture, North Carolina Bar Construction Section, AIA, and design professionals. Mr. West was selected by fellow bar members for inclusion in Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite in construction law.