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15th Annual Construction Symposium - January 31, 2020

The objective of this 2 part course is to educate the attendant on a broad array of issues affecting construction and construction defect claims and the litigation and handling of those claims.  The course will educate the attendant on liability issues, standards, statutes and case law pertaining to those issues.  The course will also address arbitration agreements, contract provisions, and other issues affecting construction claims and the litigation of such claims as well as trends in the construction industry.  Additionally, the attendant will be brought up to date on recent case law with respect to construction claims.


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Topics will include (click on each for a PDF of the presentation):

Texas' Certificate of Merit Statute
Chapter 151 - Texas Anti-Indemnity Statute
Identifying Construction Defects and Damage Through Destructive Testing - Nelson Forensics
Peeking Behind the Curtain: Use of Extrinsic Evidence in the Duty to Defend
Assumption Agreements in Construction Contracts
Spearin v. Lonergan: A Tale of Two Cases
Construction Law Update
Construction Insurance Law Update

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Register for Part 1 Here

Register for Part 2 Here


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Continuing Education

TDI CE: Provider #32551
This course has been approved by the Texas Department of Insurance in the amount of 3.0 general credit hours for Part 1 and and 2.5 general credit hours for Part 2. Cooper & Scully, P.C. is a Texas Department of Insurance registered provider.

Texas MCLE
This course has been approved by the State Bar of Texas Committee on MCLE in the amount of 2.75 general credit hours for Part 1, and 2.25 general credit hours for Part 2.  Legal ethics/professional responsibility credit to be determined.









8:30-8:45 a.m.



8:50 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

R. Douglas Rees

9:00 a.m.

The Spearin Doctrine  - Who Bears the Construction Risk of Design Errors

Doug Rees

9:30 a.m.

Certificates of Merit

Elliott Cooper
Shabaz Nizami

10:00 a.m.

Chapter 151 - Issues Encountered

Fred Shuchart

10:30 a.m.



10:45 a.m.

Identifying Construction Defects and Damage Through Destructive Testing

Amanda Nogay
Nelson Forensics

11:30 a.m.

Extrinsic Evidence and the Duty to Defend

Rob Witmeyer

12:00 p.m.

Question & Answer Session








12:30-12:45 p.m.



12:45 p.m.

Welcoming Remarks


12:50 p.m.

Legally Speaking: Pay Attention to the Language in your Indemnity Agreement

Brent Cooper

1:20 p.m.

Construction Issues: Breach of Contract or Breach of Warranty?  Election of Remedies and Causes of Action in Texas

Brent Cooper
R. Douglas Rees
Tara Sohlman

2:05 p.m.



2:20 p.m.

Texas Construction Law Update


2:50 p.m.

An Overview of Construction Liability Insurance in Texas

Julie Shehane
Summer Frederick

3:20 p.m.

Closing Remarks


3:30 p.m.

Question & Answer Session