Construction 101


CLE credits earned: 3 General Credits (WA 3 Law and Legal)

Mr. Bakken will provide a guide covering multiple issues that must be considered in the realm of construction law. Learn the fundamentals of strategies for development of a construction defect claim as well as the basic defense approaches to employ when defending a construction defect claim. Mr. Bakken will describe the types of experts that are needed when handling a construction claim, and he will explain the basics of insurance coverage and how insurance can potentially save your client from bankruptcy. Last, Mr. Bakken will provide guidance on how to secure your clients’ claims through the use of a mechanics’ lien.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

•  Strategies for development of a construction defect claim
•  Methodologies to employ when defending a construction defect claim
•  The basics of insurance
•  Mechanics’ liens and mechanics’ lien foreclosures

Date / Time: March 3, 2021

•  1:00 pm – 4:20 pm Eastern
•  12:00 pm – 3:20 pm Central
•  11:00 am – 2:20 pm Mountain
•  10:00 am – 1:20 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available upon request

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Original Broadcast Date: March 3, 2021

Aaron Bakken | Godfrey, Johnson P.C

Aaron Bakken’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, primarily on issues related to construction law. Mr. Bakken has extensive experience representing owners, developers, design professionals and contractors with regards to complex construction issues, including construction defect and mechanics’ lien foreclosure claims.

Mr. Bakken represents both plaintiffs and defendants in construction disputes. He has significant experience before federal and state courts, the American Arbitration Association, and the Judicial Arbiter Group.

Mr. Bakken has tried in excess of construction twelve cases to verdict, including one of the five largest verdicts in Colorado in 2018. He has also taken six arbitration hearings to entry of award, several of which resulted in awards to his clients in excess of $10M.

Mr. Bakken also provides legal and tactical guidance to his clients for new construction projects, as well as for repair and remediation projects. Multiple of the repair and remediation projects exceed $50M in value.

Mr. Bakken received his Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2005 and his B.A. in Political Science from St. Cloud State University in 2001. Mr. Bakken is licensed to practice in Colorado, Illinois and several U.S. District Courts throughout the country.

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I. Strategies for development of a construction defect claim 1:00-1:40
II. Methodologies to employ when defending a construction defect claim 1:40-2:20
Break 2:20-2:30
III. The basics of insurance 2:30-3:50
IV. Mechanics’ liens and mechanics’ lien foreclosures 3:50-4:20