WEBINAR | An Attorney's Review of Construction Contracts
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When: Friday, March 20, 2020
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Where: AIA Silicon Valley
325 South First Street
San Jose
United States
Contact: Chris Burnham

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webinar | Construction Contracts
A review of Construction Contract Clauses for Design Professionals

Design Professionals review construction contract language on a regular basis. Consulting an attorney before entering into contracts, or advising clients on contract is advisable. However a basic understanding of the significance of particular contract clauses, and how they may affect your practice in architecture is key.

This seminar will review some of the more critical contract clauses you may see in design services agreements, and other construction contracts.

We will examine some of the clauses of AIA B101, the primary design services contract, A101, the Owner Contractor Agreement, A201, General Conditions, and clauses which may be found in other construction contracts.

Although this seminar will help you spot issues, this seminar will not act as a substitute for you getting good legal advice from an attorney expert in construction law.

Some of the clauses to be reviewed this seminar will include:

1.  Design Services Contracts

            A.  Basic Services and Additional Services           

            B.  Owner’s Responsibilities

            C.  Ownership of Intellectual Property

            D.  Attorneys’ Fees

            E.  Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses

            F.  Fee Agreement

            G.  Termination for Cause or Without Cause

2.  Construction Contracts

            A.  Enumeration of Contract Documents

            B.  Scope of Construction Contract Services

            C.  Payments

            D.  Termination of Services

            E.  Insurance

            F.  Subcontractors

            G.  Changes in the Work

            H.  Claims and Disputes

Please bring your questions about contract clauses, and we will attempt to address those questions in the seminar, subject to time limitations.


Available as  a free webinar. Click to sign up.

About the Speaker:

Jonathan J. Sweet is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated (highest rating possible) specializing in Construction Law in San Jose, CA. Jonathan regularly represents architects, owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, contract negotiation, and civil litigation. He also serves as a mediator and arbitrator for those with disputes. He is the author of two law books on Construction Law, SWEET ON CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY CONTRACTS/MAJOR AIA DOCUMENTS, (7th Ed., Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, 2020) and AVOIDING OR MINIMIZING CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION (John Wiley & Sons, 1993).

From 2002 until 2017, Jonathan regularly lectured for Lorman Education Services on construction legal subjects. Jonathan has taught law courses at the University of San Francisco School of Law, San Jose State, and Lincoln Law School of San Jose. He has been a member of the AIA SCV local chapter since 2007. He was a member of the AGC Legal Advisory Committee from 1991 until 2008. He received his B.A. Degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1978, and his J.D. Degree from the University of San Francisco in 1985. Since 1991 he has provided volunteer service to the Santa Clara County Superior Court, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association from 1991 to 2009.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review of Indemnity Clauses
  • Review of Ownership of Documents Clauses
  • Review of Insurance Clauses
  • Review of Payment and Scope of Work Clauses
  • Review of other contract clauses in prime contracts, design professional agreements and subcontracts