February 5, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Dodging Disaster in the Fine Print

Nobody likes fine print but as every engineer knows, the details really matter. When it comes to professional liability, the details in contract wording can make or break your business on any given project. This important talk will highlight common contractual provisions that can expose you to big liability problems and also explain how your words and conduct can create liability where none would otherwise exist. The talk will delve into:

  •          Flow Down Provisions
  •          Standard of Care
  •          Legal Compliance
  •          Site Observation
  •          Means & Methods
  •          Indemnity
  •          Limitation of Liability
  •          Prevailing Party


Attendees will earn 1.0 hour of CEU. CE certificates will be emailed after the event.

About the Speaker


Michael G. Welbel, Risk Strategies Company

Mike draws from a broad range of experience in the world of architects and engineers professional liability insurance when helping his a/e clients.  Mike is admitted to the Illinois Bar and Federal Bar, and has authored numerous articles on issues of coverage in connection with professional liability insurance including a chapter in the Design Professionals Handbook of Business and Law (John Wiley & Sons, 1991).  He has assisted in the drafting of a contracts law case book, and has presented papers before numerous national professional societies including the American Institute of Architects, National Society of Professional Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Professional Engineers in Private Practice, Construction Owners Association of America, American Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Professional Liability Underwriting Society and The American Conference Institute.  Mike spends most of his time helping his clients avoid coverage problems and manage their insurance costs. 


Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL  


  • Caesar Salad
  • Grilled Chicken Picatta
  • Carrot Cake

The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  


The registration fee is $55 for members/$75 for non-members.


If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel before Friday, February 1st. If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.



David Horos ( Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP )
Homa Ghaemi ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Jakub Szewczyk ( Valdes Engineering )
Christine Freisinger ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
David Nauheimer ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
David Eckmann ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
Ronald Boehm
Don Jabczynski ( S.E. Enhancements, LLC )
Nezar Abraham ( Rimkus Consulting Group, Inc )
William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Judy Brady ( C.E. Anderson & Associates, P.C. )
Juan Moreno ( C.E. Anderson & Associates )
Courtney Perrin ( C.E. Anderson & Associates, P.C. )
Keli Dudek ( KeliAnn Engineering, LLC )
Jeannette Pfeiffer ( KeliAnn Engineering )
Mathew Ingram ( Jacobs )
Megan Redell ( Burns & McDonnell )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Mary Lou Kutska ( Ciorba Group )
Alexandra Mascari ( Mueller & Associates, LLC )
Matthew Hopper ( Cary Kopczynski & Company )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
Kevin Sido ( Hinshaw & Culbertson )
Enji Papazisi ( HNTB Corporation )
Charles Brunner ( Baxter Woodman )
Sara Davis ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Debra Hoegemeyer ( Uptown Structural Engineering LLC )
David Petlicki ( Baldridge and Associates )
Michelle Ryland ( Klein & Hoffman )
Stephanie Hautzinger ( CannonDesign )
Daniel Morton ( Burns & McDonnell )
William Colletti ( TranSystems )
Nancy Radler ( SEAOI )
Stephanie Crain ( SEAOI )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )