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Construction Law From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

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April, 2018

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From Event: Construction Law From Start to Finish, held April 2018.

Program Description

Whether you are new to the construction practice or are looking for a comprehensive refresher, this guide will cover multiple issues that must be taken into consideration in the realm of construction law. Learn a broad, basic overview of the construction process; the fundamentals of construction contracts and key provisions; and the impact changes and delays can have on a construction project. Don't miss this opportunity to build your skills in construction law - order today!

Course Content

  1. Overview of the Construction Process
  2. Construction Contracts
  3. Understanding Subcontract Terms and Flow-Through Clauses
  4. Mechanic's/Construction Liens and Payment Issues
  5. Changes and Delays in Construction Projects
  6. Ethics for Construction Attorneys
  7. Construction Lawsuit Basics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 7.00 NY * 04/25/2020
CLE 6.00 PA * 04/25/2020

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Overview of the Construction Process
    9:00 - 10:00, Jeffrey P. Brahan
    1. Applicable Law, Regulations and Statutes
    2. Different Types of Project Delivery Systems and Responsibilities
    3. Roles of Parties and How They Interact
  2. Construction Contracts
    10:15 - 11:15, Christopher A. Coppula
    1. Overview of Contract Terms and Language
    2. AIA Contracts
    3. ConsensusDocs and Other Standard Contracts
    4. Allocating Risk Within Your Contract
    5. Drafting Basics
    6. Contract Clauses and Key Provisions You Need to Know
      1. Payment
      2. Scope of Work
      3. Substantial Completion
      4. Other Essential Clauses
  3. Understanding Subcontract Terms and Flow-Through Clauses
    11:15 - 12:00, Christopher A. Coppula
  4. Mechanic's/Construction Liens and Payment Issues
    1:00 - 2:00, Jeffrey P. Brahan
    1. How Liens Work
    2. Preliminary Lien Requirements
    3. Filing a Lien
    4. Understanding Public vs. Private
    5. Bonds and Surety Claims
    6. Enforcement
  5. Changes and Delays in Construction Projects
    2:00 - 2:45, Lori Wisniewski Azzara
    1. Handling Change Orders
    2. Documenting Changes and Extra Work
    3. Excusable, Concurrent or Inexcusable
    4. Deficient Plans or Specifications: Design vs. Performance
    5. Damages
  6. Ethics for Construction Attorneys
    3:00 - 4:00, Lori Wisniewski Azzara
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Conflicts of Interest
    3. Confidentiality
    4. Attorney Fees
    5. Avoiding Malpractice
  7. Construction Lawsuit Basics
    4:00 - 4:30, Lori Wisniewski Azzara
    1. Types of Claims
    2. Time Requirements
    3. Documentation Requirements
    4. Dispute Resolution-Arbitration/Mediation

JEFFREY P. BRAHAN is a member of Blumling & Gusky LLP’s construction and surety industry practice group. Mr. Brahan concentrates his practice in the areas of construction and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Brahan was a partner at a mid-size Pittsburgh law firm where he practiced in the areas of commercial and construction litigation, as well as litigation involving labor and environmental issues. He has successfully litigated and tried cases in both state and federal court. He also has extensive experience in complex and multi-party litigation. Mr. Brahan received his B.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and his J.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

CHRISTOPHER A. COPPULA is currently the general counsel and director of risk management for W.G. Tomko Inc., a large mechanical subcontractor in the Pittsburgh area. Before returning to Pittsburgh, Mr. Coppula, for ten years, served as in house counsel to Fort Myer Construction Corporation, one of the largest government infrastructure contractors in Washington D.C. Prior to that engagement, he practiced law in Pittsburgh for ten years, where he concentrated his practice in construction law, representing owners, construction managers, architects, contractors and suppliers in all aspects of disputes concerning public and private construction projects. He is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Mr. Coppula earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

LORI WISNIEWSKI AZZARA is a partner at Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC. She practices in the areas of construction and commercial litigation and has experience in contract negotiation, claims for delay and inefficiency, mechanics’ liens, and all types of contractual disputes. Ms. Wisniewski Azzara counsels clients, including owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers, on a variety of both private and public projects and represents clients in various state and federal courts, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and before state and federal administrative agencies. As a member of the firm's green building and sustainability practice group, she assists and counsels clients in avoiding and resolving issues that commonly arise on green construction projects, including those relating to certification. Ms. Wisniewski Azzara is co-editor of the firm's construction blog, Construction Law Now, and a frequent contributor to the firm's newsletter, Construction in Brief. She is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association (member, Construction Law Section, Civil Litigation Section, Women in Law Division, and Council of Young Lawyers Division, Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP), Pittsburgh Green Building Alliance (member, Board of Directors), Master Builders' Association of Western PA, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association (member, House of Delegates). She earned her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Shippensburg University and her J.D. degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00, Ethics: 1.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirements and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.

PA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. This program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of distance learning credit, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse distance learning CLE credit. No more than 6.0 hours of distance learning CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period.

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