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8:00 – 8:30 am CST
Morning Session
8:30 – 11:45 am CST
11:45 am – 12:15 pm CST
Afternoon Session
12:15 – 4:30 pm CST

Contract Law Primer for Engineers                     I. Cohen

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                     N. Wade
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

Professional and General Liability Insurance for Engineers                     A. Richie
Understanding business insurance coverage: general liability
vs. professional liability policies
Additional insureds: obtaining certificates of insurance
Understanding insurance policies:
• Indemnities
• Assignment
• Insurance availability
• Warranties, guarantees and certifications
Recognizing and responding to claims

Intellectual Property Essentials for Engineers:                     S. Mason
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

Understanding the Investigatory and Disciplinary Practices                     N. LeBoeuf
of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors
Understanding the Board’s disciplinary powers
Reviewing prohibited practices and grounds for disciplinary action
Investigatory procedures
Disciplinary hearings
Administrative and other penalties and enforcement

Handling Ethical Issues in Professional Engineering Practice                     O. Banks
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


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Texas Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs
(1.0 Ethics Hour, 1.0 Board Rules Hour)

Continuing Education Credit Information

This webinar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to
Texas professional engineers, including 1.0 ethics hour and
1.0 Board rules hour). Educators and courses are not subject
to preapproval in Texas.

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Olaide A. Banks 

Principal Attorney at Banks & Associates, PLLC, Houston, TX

Mr. Banks is the principal attorney at Banks & Associates, PLLC, a Houston-based law firm focused on meeting the needs of government and construction contractors throughout Texas. He is a trusted advisor for licensed professionals, CEOs and managers in construction firms, and government contractors. Mr. Banks was licensed as a CPA in 2003 and has more than 20 years of experience as a lead accountant and CFO for successful government contractors. He earned his B.B.A. degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston and secured his J.D. degree from South Texas College of Law. Mr. Banks is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He is a member of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

Ian Cohen

Attorney at AECOM in Austin
Mr. Cohen is in-house counsel for AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services group. He is business counsel for the Gulf Coast and the lead intellectual property attorney for all of North and South America. As an engineer, Mr. Cohen worked on horizontal and vertical projects ranging from Boston’s “Big Dig” to San Francisco’s Millennium Tower. As an attorney, Mr. Cohen has litigated multi-million dollar construction and intellectual property matters across the country. He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering from Tufts University, a law degree from Boston College Law School, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.

Nicole LeBoeuf

LeBoeuf Law, Dallas
Ms. LeBoeuf is a civil trial lawyer with active experience in both state and federal courts, as well as arbitration. She is also an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ms. LeBoeuf regularly represents Dallas law firms and individual attorneys in a variety of matters. She has extensive experience in the representation of business owners and companies in complex and multi-party lawsuits concerning such matters as employment discrimination, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract, fraud, defamation, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy and other business-related claims. Ms. LeBoeuf especially enjoys trying cases to juries. She regularly speaks to attorneys, engineers and other professionals regarding their ethical obligations; teaches trial and deposition skills to young lawyers; and is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas Naveen Jindal School of Management.

Stephen Mason

Attorney at Dickenson Wright in Austin
Mr. Mason’s practice focuses on patent acquisition in semiconductors, microprocessors and memory, databases and storage, graphics processing, electronic commerce, network equipment and software, and mobile computing and sensor systems. From 2006 to 2007, Mr. Mason served as general counsel of an Internet advertising startup in Austin, Texas. His practice has previously included IP aspects of merger and acquisition transactions, software licensing agreements and research contracts. Mr. Mason is admitted to practice in Texas and before the USPTO. He received his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University (1999) and his J.D. degree from Baylor University (2003).

Adam Richie,

Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr

Attorney at Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr in Austin
Mr. Richie is an attorney in the construction and construction litigation sections of Munsch Hardt. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Richie worked as a mechanical engineer and project manager at a prominent consulting engineering firm in Houston, Texas, and then after obtaining his law degree, as general counsel. He is also one of a handful of attorneys in Texas credentialed as a licensed professional engineer and a LEED-accredited professional (AP). He has experience in drafting and negotiating complex design and construction contracts for all types of commercial projects. Mr. Richie has also successfully represented owners (public and private), general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in numerous lawsuits and disputes.

Nicholl Wade

Partner with The Roarty Law Firm, PLLC

Ms. Wade has practiced construction law since becoming licensed in 2015. She has represented public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and design professionals. Ms. Wade’s comprehensive understanding of the construction industry allows her to find efficient strategies to resolve disputes. As a litigator, she is effective and tenacious. Additionally, she has extensive experience with risk assessment, lien and bond claims, project closeouts, and pre-litigation negotiations. Regardless of the type of dispute, project, or client, her end goal is the same—achieve the best result possible. Ms. Wade’s clients value her availability, commitment, innovation, and results-driven attitude. She is an active member in the Austin community. Ms. Wade served on the Board of Adjustment for the City of Austin, hearing property owners’ requests for variances from local ordinances. She was also the Chair of the Austin Construction Law Section from 2022 to 2023. Ms. Wade earned her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi, and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law.

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