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8:00 – 8:30 am EST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:40 am EST
11:40 am – 12:10 pm EST
Afternoon Session
12:10 – 4:20 pm EST

Public Procurement Law Applicable to Construction Contracting           G. Trif

Procurement laws for counties, municipalities,                                                   J. R. Haftek, Jr.
and other local government entities
Traditional vs. alternative delivery methods
Public/private partnerships

Bidding on Public Projects                                                       G. Trif
Understanding competitive bidding requirements               J. R. Haftek, Jr.
Reviewing bid package
Prequalification of bidders, bid bonding
Submitting bids

Sustainable Design and Construction in Public Projects      M.D. Shifton
Participating in the LEED certification process
Sourcing local materials
Sourcing sustainable materials
Reuse and recycling of construction materials

Contracting in Public Projects      D. Santomauro
Design professional contracts and project management
• Professional design services contracts
• Construction manager contracts
Construction contracts – understanding key provisions
• Scope of work and changes
• Warranties, guarantees and indemnity
• Performance and payments

Construction Management Issues in Public Projects      J. J. Lavin
Handling bond requirements and claims
• Payment bond law
• Performance bonds
Contractor disputes and damages
• Contractual damages provisions
• Statutory limitations and sovereign immunity
Changes, delays and payment claims
Subcontracting on public projects

Handling Ethical Issues in Government Construction Law      J.H. Landgraf
Ethical Issues in government construction law
• Conflicts of interest
• Gifts and favors/pay-to-play
• Ensuring quality and controlling costs
• False claims

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NJ Professional Engineers
7.0 CPC Credits,
including 1.0 Ethics Hours

NJ Architects
7.0 CE Hours (non-HSW)
7.0 AIA LU| Elective  (AIA credits only available for attending live Webinar)

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Administration)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 CPC credits/
PDHs to professional engineers, including 1.0 ethics hour,
and 7.0 non-HSW continuing education hours to architects
licensed in New Jersey.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education
provider for New Jersey engineers (Approval No.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education
System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|Elective
(Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to
the AIA/CES.

The International Code Council has approved this event
for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Administration
(Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants
who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a
passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation
(multiple attempts allowed).


Joseph R. Haftek, Jr.

Partner at Schenk, Price, Smith, & King, LLP, Florham Park, NJ

Mr. Haftek has represented developers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, construction professionals, design professionals and businesses in both state and federal courts. He has experience in handling all aspects of litigation, including prosecution and defense of bid protests, affirmative and construction lien claims. He has experience in negotiating, drafting and reviewing contracts; collection services; public and school bid protest and contract law issues; and providing general legal advice and guidance for each phase of the construction process. Mr. Haftek is co-chair of the Firm’s Construction Law Practice Group, where he heads the Bid Protest Team, and he is a member of the School Law Practice Group. His knowledge and experience have also been recognized with opportunities as a lecturer to both lawyers and construction industry professionals on topics ranging from construction contracts to public bidding and bid protests.

James H. Landgraf

James H. Landgraf Of Counsel with Dilworth Paxson LLP
Mr. Landgraf has more than 40 years of experience handling construction contracting, construction litigation, and complex commercial and business litigation. He earned his B.A. degree from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
Mr. Landgraf is certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney. Mr. Landgraf is a member of the American Bar Association, New Jersey State Bar Association (member and former Co-Chair, Construction Industry Section; member, Renewable Energy and Clean Tech Committee) and Burlington County Bar Association (Past President). He is a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America. In his construction law practice, he represents most parties to construction transactions and litigation including public, commercial and residential owners, commercial and residential developers, Homeowner and Condominium associations, general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers and subcontractors and suppliers.

John J. Lavin

John J. Lavin Founding Partner with Lavin & Associates
Mr. Lavin focuses his practice on litigation, especially commercial and construction litigation. He comes from a construction family and worked as an electrician from high school through law school. Mr. Lavin’s personal understanding of construction projects and passion for building things gives him perspective that other attorneys do not have. He has the knowledge and experience to interpret contract provisions and provide practical guidance to see the project through while best protecting his client’s interest. Mr. Lavin has represented clients in both private and public projects, including claims involving the Federal Government. In addition to construction law, he handles the firm’s commercial litigation practice. Mr. Lavin also is highly familiar with the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act and has served as special litigation counsel for municipalities on topics from construction disputes to negotiation of labor contracts.

Damian V. Santomauro

Damian V. Santomauro Director with Gibbons P.C.
Mr. Santomauro is an experienced litigator who concentrates in construction matters and defense of consumer class actions. As team leader of the firm’s Construction Law & Litigation practice, he has a wide range of experience representing clients in the construction industry. Mr. Santomauro is able to advise designers, contractors, and owners on issues that arise during projects, from procurement to completion, and to vigorously represent clients when disputes occur. In addition, Mr. Santomauro defends clients in class actions involving diverse state and federal consumer protection statutes. Whether providing advice to a client on a troubled construction project in an effort to avoid litigation, or defending a business confronted with significant class action claims, Mr. Santomauro works to address the client’s specific needs and to effectively and efficiently resolve the dispute. Mr. Santomauro has also represented clients in numerous complex commercial disputes.

Mark D Shifton

Partner with Gfeller Laurie

Mr. Shifton focuses his practice in the areas of complex civil and commercial litigation in the state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York. He represents owners, design professionals, and contractors in cases involving instruction disputes and catastrophic property losses, and he has extensive experience representing manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of a wide variety of industrial, consumer, and recreational products, including green building products, in both individual and class actions. Mr. Shifton regularly speaks to various legal, insurance, and industry organizations on various topics such as investigating and defending catastrophic property loss claims, construction defect litigation, and risk management. He also defends professional liability actions brought against attorneys, architects, and engineers, as well as the insurance industry and healthcare professionals. Mr. Shifton also maintains a practice in the area of green building and sustainable development. He has been accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the Green Building Certification Institute.

Greg Trif

Founding member of Trif & Modugno LLC

Mr. Trif has a diverse practice in the areas of construction and complex commercial litigation. His representative clients include private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, utility and heavy highway contractors, renewable energy firms and manufacturers of building products. Mr. Trif regularly prosecutes and defends claims in various federal and state courts, as well as providing arbitration tribunals. He also concentrates in the area of labor disputes, public procurement, bid protests, negotiation of change orders and equitable adjustment claims. Mr. Trif also advises clients in the review, negotiation and drafting of construction contracts, as well providing guidance and counsel in project dispute resolution and project crisis management. Mr. Trif frequently authors articles and lectures to lawyers and construction industry professionals on topics related to the construction industry and construction law.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: New Jersey Construction Law for Public Projects

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines procurement law, bidding on public projects, sustainable design in public projects, contracting law, construction management, and ethical issues in government construction law.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss public procurement applicable to construction contracting for counties, municipalities, and other government entities.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify competitive bidding requirements for public projects and be able to submit bids.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss tactics to participate in the LEED certification process for public projects and how to source local materials, source sustainable materials, and reuse and recycle construction materials.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to interpret key provisions in public construction contracts, and they will be able to describe payment and performance bond requirements

Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able to respond to contractor disputes and damages, and they will be able to identify and comply with ethical standards in government construction practice.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|Elective

Prerequisites: Experience with construction contracts and project management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 01/08/2024

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.