January 9, 2018 - 5:15pm to 7:30pm


Drones: Don’t be Fogged in by Cloudy Laws!

Get help navigating the legal fog of drone regulations from lawyers Kevin Sido and Elyse Ryan. Everyone is talking about drones and how to use them in building investigation and construction. But to what extent will government regulations allow their efficient use by structural engineers?  And which government has priority on regulating drones? Drones raise difficult questions on regulation, insurance, interference with privacy expectations, uncertain liability to engineers when used by contractors, and more!  Kevin Sido and Elyse Ryan of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP (Chicago) will speak to these issues at the January 2018 dinner meeting.  In addtion, Michael Girard of Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration (BAMR) will cover the steps to become FAA certified to operate a drone, and Chris Thomas will show drone video and pictures that were used to determine the repair work for a project.

Attendees will earn 1.0 hours of continuing education credit.  CE certificates will be emailed after the event. 

See who's coming!


About the Presenters

Kevin Sido of the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has lectured on ethics for engineers on many occasions. He supplements his lectures by drawing on his decades of representations of engineers and architects for contracts, litigation and disciplinary action representations.






Elyse Ryan focuses her practice in the areas of professional liability and construction services.  She defends engineers, architects, and construction companies in worker

injury and malpractice actions. She is actively involved in all stages of litigation through trials and is committed to being fully accessible to clients all throughout the litigation process.




With a keen ability to see beyond the drawings, Michael Girard, LEED AP, AIA, NCARB, has earned a strong reputation for delivering exceptional results as Client Services Project Manager of Bulley & Andrews’ High End Residential Group. In his 18 years of experience, Michael has been involved with numerous high end private residences as Architect of Record and Project Manager. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Bachelors of Architecture, Michael is a LEED accredited professional, proud husband and father of three. 



A highly-experienced project manager, Chris Thomas, LEED AP BD +C, has been with Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration for over 10 years. Chris has an in-depth appreciation for utilizing the latest tools and techniques to provide innovative building solutions for clients. As Senior Project Manager and Procurement Officer, Chris has been instrumental to the restoration of some of the region’s most treasured buildings including the University Club of Chicago, Newberry Library, Evanston History Center, and the University of Chicago. A graduate of University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning, Chris is a LEED accredited professional.



Cliff Dwellers Club

200 S. Michigan Ave, 22nd Floor

Chicago, IL


Bibb Lettuce and Artichokes

Breast of Chicken Napa Valley



The registration fee is $45 for members, $65 for non-members. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 5:15 pm. Dinner will be served at 6 pm, and the presentation will start shortly thereafter.  Please note that Cliff Dwellers' bar only accepts credit cards; cash is no longer accepted. 


Cancellation Policy:

If you make a reservation and cannot attend, please cancel by Friday, January 5.  If you do not cancel by that time, please send a colleague in your place, as you will be charged.



William Kolbuk ( Sargent & Lundy LLC )
Jon Sfura ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
John Fodor ( Fodor Engineering & Design, LLC )
Jan Blok ( The Structural Group, Ltd. )
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Mark Bendok ( Alfred Benesch & Company )
Johann Aakre ( HNTB Corporation )
Lukas Janulis ( Collins Engineers )
Kevin Rogers ( Western Specialty Contractors )
Robert B. Johnson
John Mick ( BAXTER & WOODMAN )
Jessy Rojas ( EFK Moen, LLC )
Kevin Conroy ( Simpson Gumpertz & Heger )
David Bibbs ( CannonDesign )
Leo Baran ( NCSEA )
Derek Boeldt ( Chicago Transit Authority )
Mazen Syed ( Jacobs )
Mary Brush ( Brush Architects, LLC )
Hiram Rodriguez ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Homa Ghaemi ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Jonathan Tavarez ( American Institute of Steel Construction )
Garret Browne ( Rockey structures )
Robert Dodge ( SPAAN Tech, Inc. )
Terry Lindsay ( Lindsay & Associates, Inc. )
Michael Roessler ( Sargent & Lundy, LLC )
Roman Vovchak ( TranSystems )
Bethany Myelle ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
David Nickell ( TGRWA, LLC )
Steve Elver ( GEI Consultants, Inc. )
Rami Asfahani ( Ciorba Group )
Salvatore DiBernardo ( Ciorba Group )
Roger Hill ( The Gettys Group )
Michael Wiscons ( Building Technology Consultants, Inc. )
Nezar Abraham ( Brindley Engineering Corp. )
Michael Haas ( Collins Engineers Inc. )
jeff Ruzich ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Todd Lawford ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Dan Caron ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Don Cox ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Jared D'Amico ( K2N Crest )
Don Redar ( Bulley & Andrews Concrete Restoration )
Kristen Erickson ( Pepper Construction )
Sean McGrath ( EFI Global )
Andrew Price ( Highland Engineering, P.C. )
Kevin Sido ( Hinshaw & Culbertson )
Elise Ryan ( Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP )
Michael Girard ( Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration, LLC )
Chris Thomas ( Bulley & Andrews Masonry Restoration, LLC )
Steven Rohr ( Thornton Tomasetti )
Terrence McDonald ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Robert Lau ( Klein and Hoffman, Inc. )
Thomas Rewerts ( Thos. Rewerts & Co., LLC )
Matthew Wagner ( Raths Raths and Johnson Inc )
Tom Gabel ( Klein and Hoffman )
Lucas Cusack ( Magnusson Klemencic Associates )
Brian Boysen ( Burns & McDonnell )
John Pearson ( Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. )
David Petlicki ( SP Engineers Ltd. )