Contracts 101 - Joint program with NECA

When:  Jan 23, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago, IL

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contracts_101.jpgYou don’t need to be a lawyer to read a contract (though you absolutely want one to), but you do need to understand what you are reading. You also need to understand the major differences between the AIA documents and the new Consensus DOCS. This course will help you learn which clauses to look out for so you can protect your company’s bottom line.

Ryan Hiss, Partner, Laurie & Brennan, LLP
Throughout his 22+ year career, Ryan Hiss has focused his practice on asserting and protecting the legal rights of those involved in the construction industry. He strives to effectively advocate on behalf of his clients and favorably resolve disputes as efficiently as possible — so his clients can focus on the building process, instead of legal issues.

Mr. Hiss’ construction practice is multi-faceted. He represents virtually all stakeholders associated with construction projects, including general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, equipment renters, architects, engineers and owners in both litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  Mr. Hiss is frequently called upon to draft, review and negotiate construction contracts, including general contracts, subcontracts, supply purchase orders, equipment rental agreements, design agreements, and subconsultant agreements.

CFMA & NECA Members: $125.00
Non-Members: $175.00

This is a group-live program at the Basic level. No prerequisites or advanced preparation required. A basic understanding of construction accounting & financial management is recommended.

Program Outline:

  • Contract Basics
  • Construction Contract Subjects
  • How the Deal Can Change
  • Defaults, Claims and Remedies
  • Owner Architect Agreements
  • Construction Liens
  • Contract Boilerplates

When you have completed this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand construction contracts;
  • Understand how contracts shift risk;
  • Identify clauses that may be unforseeable and why;
  • Recognize contract clauses that can hurt you;
  • Propose specific language to manage your risk;
  • Modify contract language to your advantage;
  • Select the standard clauses you should use;
  • Use your lawyer more efficiently

CPE Credit:
This is a 4-hour course that earns 4.0 CPE credits in the Field of Business Law.
The Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: Web site:


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