Live Seminar

Construction Law From Start to Finish



Wednesday, June 06, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Holiday Inn Des Moines Downtown- Mercy Campus

1050 6th Avenue

Des Moines, IA 50314


$339 / Each Additional

$329 / New Professional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • IA CLE - 6.00


  • IACET - 0.60

Program Description

Walk Through the Basics of Construction Law

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

  • Learn the roles of all parties involved in the construction process.
  • Discuss the critical elements that need to be included in comprehensive construction contracts.
  • Discuss how mechanic's liens work and how to properly file a lien.
  • Walk through the fundamentals of insurance and its importance in construction.
  • Learn how delays can impact a construction project and how to work through them if they arise.
  • Run through the claims process in construction cases.

Who Should Attend

This basic level program is designed for:

  • Attorneys
  • Construction Professionals
  • Paralegals

Course Content

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

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Overview of the Construction Process
    9:00 - 9:30, Roger W. Stone
    1. Applicable Law, Regulations and Statutes
    2. Different Types of Project Delivery Systems and Responsibilities
    3. Roles of Parties and How They Interact
  2. Insurance Basics for the Construction Attorney
    9:30 - 10:30, Sean M. O'Brien
    1. Risk Allocation
    2. Workplace Accidents and Injuries
    3. "Trigger of Coverage" Basics
    4. What is (and is not) Covered Under CGL Policies
    5. Additional Insurance Considerations
  3. Mechanic's/Construction Liens and Payment Issues
    10:45 - 11:30, Bradley M. Beaman
    1. How Liens Work
    2. Preliminary Lien Requirements
    3. Filing a Lien
    4. Understanding Public vs. Private
    5. Bonds and Surety Claims
    6. Enforcement
  4. Construction Lawsuit Basics
    11:30 - 12:00, Bradley M. Beaman
    1. Types of Claims
    2. Time Requirements
    3. Documentation Requirements
    4. Dispute Resolution-Arbitration/Mediation
  5. Construction Contracts
    1:00 - 2:00, Stephen D. Marso
    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
  6. Understanding Subcontract Terms and Flow-Through Clauses
    2:00 - 2:30, Stephen D. Marso
  7. Changes and Delays in Construction Projects
    2:45 - 3:30, Martin J. Kenworthy
    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
  8. Ethics for Construction Attorneys
    3:30 - 4:30, Roger W. Stone
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Conflicts of Interest
    3. Confidentiality
    4. Attorney Fees
    5. Avoiding Malpractice

BRADLEY M. BEAMAN is an attorney with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C., in the litigation division. He practices in general areas, including construction law and litigation, employment law and labor law, insurance law and litigation, litigation and trial law, and product liability. Mr. Beaman earned his B.A. degree from the University of Northern Iowa, and his J.D. degree from Drake University Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, Iowa Defense Counsel Association, Iowa State Bar Association, and Polk County Bar Association. In 2015, Mr. Beaman was appointed to the Construction Law Section Council by the president-elect of the Iowa State Bar Association.

MARTIN J. KENWORTHY is president of Kenworthy Law, P.C., where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, construction law and business law. He received his B.S. degree in construction engineering, magna cum laude, from Bradley University; and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Salmon P. Chase College of Law. He is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State bar associations. Mr. Kenworthy also serves as an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association primarily involving construction disputes.

STEPHEN D. MARSO is a member of the law firm of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. His primary areas of practice are construction law and litigation. Mr. Marso is a member of the Polk County and Iowa State bar associations, the Master Builders of Iowa, the Associated General Contractors of Iowa, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Iowa, the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Iowa Concrete Paving Association, the Asphalt Paving Association of Iowa, and the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines and of Iowa. He is an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s roster of construction arbitrators. Mr. Marso graduated, magna cum laude, from Hope College; and earned his J.D. degree, high distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law.

SEAN M. O'BRIEN is an attorney with Bradshaw, Fowler, Proctor & Fairgrave, P.C. where he focuses his practice on appellate law, construction law and litigation, insurance law and litigation, and litigation and trial law. He has served as an adjunct professor in Drake University's Undergraduate and MBA program lecturing on business law. Mr. O'Brien also regularly speaks on various legal topics at programs sponsored by a number of organizations. He is a member of the American, Iowa State, and Polk County bar associations; the Defense Research Institute; and the Iowa Defense Counsel Association. Mr. O'Brien is also the director of the International Association of Arson Investigators, Iowa Chapter, Prosecution Section. He earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from Grinnell College; and his J.D. degree, with distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law.

ROGER W. STONE is a partner in the firm of Simmons, Perrine, Albright & Ellwood, P.L.C., in Cedar Rapids. He graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law and clerked for the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Mr. Stone has represented engineers, architects, contractors and owners on a wide range of construction claims in mediation, arbitration and litigation. He is the author of several articles, including "Architect's and Engineers Liability Under Iowa Construction Law", Iowa Mechanics' Lien Law Revisited" and "Iowa Mechanics' Liens". Mr. Stone is a member of the National Register of Construction Industry Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Also, he is a member of the Construction Industries Forum of the American Bar Association.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

IA CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
"Construction Law From Start to Finish" is an accredited program under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide a maximum of 6.0 hours of regular credit toward the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit.

International Association for Continuing Education Training

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N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. List the types of project delivery systems. 2. Summarize what is and what is not covered under CGL policies. 3. Describe how to enforce liens. 4. Name the different types of construction lawsuit claims. 5. Identify key provisions of construction contracts. 6. Explain what a flow-through clause is. 7. State how to handle change orders. 8. Identify key legal ethics guidelines to which you must adhere.

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