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Contract Law Primer for Engineers B. Sorisio
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
Professional Liability Law J. Lippl
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
Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers: G. Grissett
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
Developments in Federal R. Burns, Jr.
and Pennsylvania Environmental Law
Reviewing recent changes to and enforcement of:
• Pollution prevention
• Water quality enforcement
• Stormwater permitting
• Watersheds, wetlands, lakes and streams
Reviewing recent and anticipated developments at the US EPA
and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Ethics, Professional Conduct, and Discipline R. Bowman
Common way stations on the way down to ethical trouble
Is the Code of Professional Responsibility binding?
Not a good time for “forgiveness rather than permission”
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This webinar provides 7.0 PDHs,
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Rebecca BowmanLaw Office of Rebecca Bowman
Rebecca A. Bowman is a principal in the Law Office of Rebecca Bowman, a certified woman-owned business in McMurray, practicing in dispute resolution, estate planning, civil engineering, real estate, legal services, strategic development, and training. She is experienced in dispute resolution, estate planning and administration, engineering design and forensic analysis, construction/project management, real estate, small business start-up, employment law, and nonprofit support. She is a registered professional engineer and a certified arbitrator and mediator. Mrs. Bowman writes a column for the PE Reporter, “Risky Business,” and she lectures for the Community College of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania State University, the Washington County Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and others. She earned her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota, her M.B.A. degree from Oklahoma University, and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University.
Robert L. Burns Jr.
Robert L. Burns, Jr. Shareholder with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC in Pittsburgh
Mr. Burns is a member of the firm’s Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Section, and he
focuses his practice on environmental law and its intersections with natural resources, development,
construction, commercial transactions, litigation, manufacturing, and waste. In his construction
practice, he provides counsel regarding the financing, development and construction of construction
projects, including related construction, design, engineering and architectural agreements, and
concerning the purchase, remediation, construction and development of brownfields and “green”
buildings. Mr. Burns holds two engineering degrees and is certified as an accredited professional
under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard issued by the U.S. Green
Gregory GrissettOffit Kurman, Attorneys at Law
Gregory Grissett helps businesses navigate complex intellectual property issues related to product development, marketing and capital investment, with experience spanning the apparel, textile, sporting goods, medical device, oil and gas, automotive, furniture, and consumer products industries. He has a rare combination of experience in the international and business aspects of intellectual property (IP). Mr. Grissett’s international perspective and practical experience help companies proactively manage IP development and enforcement issues unique to complex business operations.
Attorney at Law, in Pittsburgh
Mr. Lippl is both a licensed attorney and a registered professional engineer. He received a bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering from the Penn State University College of Engineering and a juris doctor degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Mr. Lippl has worked as a project manager for major general contractors, as an attorney with several law firms and as general counsel for a contractor, before beginning his current practice focusing on the legal aspects of the construction process. He is a trained and experienced arbitrator and mediator and frequently lectures at both legal and construction related conferences. In his spare time, Mr. Lippl served as an officer with the United States Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His work as a civil engineer with the Navy took him to multiple countries, several continents and two tours of duty in Iraq – as a structural engineer on an anti-terror team and as executive officer of a Naval Mobile Construction Battalion.
Benjamin Sorisio Attorney with Meyer, Darragh, Buckler, Bebenek & Eck, PLLC in Pittsburgh
Mr. Sorisio has extensive experience representing design professionals, owners, and contractors in
contract review and negotiations, risk management, construction litigation, arbitration, mediation
and fee collection matters. He also advises clients on corporate structuring, business formation
and professional licensure matters. Mr. Sorisio has represented clients in litigation arising out of
projects for the construction of educational facilities; professional and collegiate stadiums, arenas
and athletic facilities, municipal water treatment improvement projects, industrial waste disposal
facilities; and commercial development projects. Mr. Sorisio has also secured mechanics liens on
behalf of architects and contractors throughout western Pennsylvania.