Continuing Education for Professionals




Beacon Programs has been a full-service provider of continuing education programs for attorneys, accountants, engineers, and other professionals since 2003.

Among our recurring programs are Law of the Workplace, Alabama Construction Law Summit, How to Avoid Pitfalls in Buying or Selling a Business, Positioning Your Business for Growth and Prosperity, and the Southeastern Environmental Law and Regulation Conference, which is now in its 25th year.


  • 7:30 Continental Breakfast

  • 8:15 Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Litigation - The Effects of Weather on Construction Claims and Contracts

    Dr. Tim Coleman (Coleman & Knupp), LA)

  • 8:45 Commercial Construction Projects: Scheduling 101

    Patricia Lindsey (BBRL Inc.)

  • 9:30 Construction Litigation and Arbitration Update

    David Pugh (Bradley Arant Boult Cummings)

  • 10:00 Break

  • 10:15 Construction Claims Update: Risk Management, Insurance Coverage, and Indemnity Provisions

    Steven Davis (McGriff Seibels & Williams) and Laura Lynn Lester (McGriff Seibels & Williams)

  • 11:00 New Technologies to Control Project and Dispute Resolution Costs

    Jon Berkoe (Synchro), Cheri Gatlin (Burr & Forman), Robert Lamb (Berkley Research Group), John Mastin (Smith Currie & Hancock), and Ben Nolan, Moderator (Berkeley Research Group)

  • 12:00 Lunch

    (Provided on-site at no extra charge)

  • 1:00 Water Intrusion on Building Projects: Common Causes and Investigation Techniques

    Lee Cope (Wiss Janney Elstner) and Michael Horst (Wiss Janney Elstner)

  • 1:45 How to Animate Your Construction Trial: Using 4D Technology to “Build It” in the Courtroom

    Lister Hubbard (Capell & Howard) and Jon David Pearson (Pearson Management Group)

  • 2:45 Break

  • 3:00 Construction Industry Panel Discussion: Techniques for Successfully Teaming With Outside Counsel

    Brandi Harper (Wiregrass Construction), William Lalor (B. L. Harbert International), Thomas Nettles, IV (McAbee Consruction), and Roger Guilian, Sr., Moderator (Volkert Inc.)

  • 4:00 Ethics Issues in Construction Law

    Ellis Brazeal (Jones Walker)

  • 5:00 Adjourn

2016 Program Sponsors:

  • Discovia
  • Pearson Management Group
  • Wallace Jordan Ratliff & Brandt
  • Baker Realtime Court Reporting & Video
  • Berkeley Research Group
  • Capell & Howard
  • Maynard Cooper & Gale
  • McGriff Seibels & Williams
  • Wiss Janney Elstner
  • Rimkus Consulting Group
  • Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Ball Ball Matthews & Novak
  • arfield Murphy Shank & Smith
  • BBRL, Inc.
  • Brasfield & Gorrie
  • Coleman and Knupp
  • Daniell Upton & Perry
  • Freedom Court Reporting
  • InSite Engineering
  • Jones Walker
  • McAbee Construction
  • Stanley D. Lindsey & Assoc.
  • TCU Consulting Services
  • iregrass Construction Company
  • Alabama Associated General Contractors
  • B. L. Harbert International
  • The Eidson Company
  • Lanier Ford Shaver & Payne
  • TTL, Inc.
  • Upchurch Watson White & Max
  • Volkert, Inc.

MCLE Credit: This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 7.3 hours’ credit, including 1 hour of ethics

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