This seminar is an opportunity for attorneys, claims professionals, and others involved in real property disputes to learn the nuts and bolts of landslides in Washington. Slope movement events in western Washington have become more frequent, and more severe, over the last few decades. Our unique mix of geologic and hydrologic features, and the impact of property development and long-term weather trends, are all factors. These, in turn, have led to more landslide litigation, enhanced oversight, and regulation of development in sensitive areas, as well as technical advances in analyzing slope movement and landslide events.
Join our panel of experienced attorneys and earth science professionals for an overview of liability for damage caused by landslides, the impact of regulatory and development controls on landslide risks, insurance coverage for landslide claims, and an in-depth look from the technical experts on analyzing slope stability, evaluating causes of landslides, and implementing prudent and cost-effective stabilization measures.
There will also be a Special Presentation on Lessons Learned from 40 Years of Landslide Research, by Scott Burns, PhD, a Professor Emeritus and Past-Chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University.
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Henry H. Haselton, PE, PMP, Program Co-Chair, is the Geotechnical Engineering Practice Lead and Engineer-of-Record for Aspect Consulting LLC. He is a civil/geotechnical engineer and project manager with a focus in geotechnical engineering for multi-disciplinary water resource, infrastructure, site development, solid waste and natural hazard-related projects.
David McCormack, LEG, LHG, Program Co-Chair, is a Principal Engineering Geologist and partner with Aspect Consulting LLC, which he joined in 2001. He is a specialist in Puget Lowland stratigraphy and glacial geology. Working in a region where understanding complex geology is often critical to project success, he applies his expertise as lead geologist to focus engineering design for large civil projects.
John H. Wiegenstein, Program Co-Chair, is managing partner and co-founder of Heller Wiegenstein PLLC, which was formed in 1997. Prior to entering the legal profession, he worked at The Boeing Company as an R&D engineer. After law school, he joined Keller Rohrback LLP, focusing on insurance defense, insurance coverage, environmental litigation, and products liability defense.
Scott Burns, PhD, Special Presenter, is a Professor Emeritus and Past-Chair of the Department of Geology at Portland State University, where he just finished his 28th year of teaching. He was also Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at PSU from 1997-99. He has taught for 48 years, with past positions in Switzerland, New Zealand, Washington, Colorado and Louisiana.
David N. Bruce is a founding partner with Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP. He has expertise in landslide ligation, risk management and litigation avoidance, and government defense. His experience with landslide cases and the government’s response to natural disasters have taught him to turn the science of dirt and water into a narrative that makes sense and wins.
William T. Cornell is Of Counsel with Preg O’Donnell & Gillett. His practice focuses on the representation of owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and commercial landowners in all types of real estate, construction, and complex commercial matters. He is also an experienced business attorney.
Peter Goldman is Director and managing attorney of the Washington Forest Law Center, a public interest environmental law firm that focuses on enforcing and improving the forestry laws and administrative rules in Washington and Oregon. The Center works in partnership with conservation organizations to promote environmentally protective forest policies.
Kara Whittaker, PhD, is Senior Scientist and Policy Analyst with the Washington Forest Law Center. She performs spatial and technical analyses on topics ranging from endangered species management to geomorphology. The emphasis of her work is identifying sustainable forest practices that minimize negative impacts on fish, wildlife, and people.
Deborah J. Youngblood, Attorney at Law, is in her 38th year of practice, now as a sole practitioner. For the past 25 years, her practice has been limited to dispute resolution (mediator/arbitrator) and assisting insurance companies with resolution of property and casualty insurance coverage issues.
This seminar is approved for the following credits:
This course has been approved for 3.5 hours of law and legal CLE credit and 2.0 hours of other nexus CLE self-study credit by the Washington MCLE board.
This course has been approved by the Oregon State Bar for 6.0 general CLE credits.
Engineers may qualify for continuing education hours through the American Institute of Constructors or the Construction Management Association of America.
If you are purchasing only certain portions of the seminar then the full credit amount does not apply.
If you do not complete the full seminar you may not earn full credit. If you need assistance calculating your
credit please call our office at 206-463-4400 or 800-574-4852.
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