Please join us for this free educational event where we’ll be exploring important risk management issues facing design professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 3 Professional Development credits.

Keynote Presentations presented by: J. Kent Holland, J.D. and Tom Emison

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Mendakota Country Club 2075 Mendakota Drive Mendota Heights, MN

Thursday, October 14th: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 PM

Coffee & Hot Breakfast Available: 7:30 a.m.

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COVID-19 Statement – We look forward to presenting to you our 2021 Fall A&E Seminar and the exceptional line-up of speakers we have arranged for the event. We continue to monitor CDC guidance for the COVID-19 virus, specifically the evolution of the Delta Variant since the safety of our employees, clients and guests remains a priority. We are several weeks out from the event and recognize that CDC guidance is fluid and changing based upon transmissibility trends. We are preparing for different contingencies with the intention of following CDC guidance as of the date of the event. Exactly what that will be remains uncertain but as we get closer to October 14th we’ll provide details about the expectations of our employees, clients and guests. In the meantime, we encourage you to register for this high-level event that we are sure you will enjoy

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Keynote Presentations:

  • Lessons Learned from Recent Design Litigation Court Decisions (1.5 CE Credits)
  • Contract Reviews & Negotiation:  Allocating the Risks (1.5 CE Credits)

Kent Holland – Construction Risk, LLC


J. Kent Holland, J.D. is a construction lawyer located in Tysons Corner, Virginia (formerly with Wickwire Gavin, P.C.).  He represents design professionals, contractors, and project owners.  He is also founder and president of a risk management consulting firm, Construction Risk, LLC, providing risk management consulting services to owners, design professionals, contractors, and attorneys on construction projects.  This includes assistance with contract drafting, review and negotiation, change order and claims analysis (preparation or defense), risk management advice concerning insurance coverage – including assistance with negotiating and drafting the terms and conditions of policies and endorsements, advice to insurance underwriters, and guidance to those procuring insurance.

Summary of Experience

Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1982-1986), with responsibility for assisting the Agency in deciding wastewater treatment construction grants disputes, contractor claims, bid protests, suspension and debarment matters and minority business enterprise matters.


Mr. Holland is a frequent speaker on the subjects of construction law and risk management and is frequently published with articles and papers on these subjects.  He has written several books including Working on Purpose (2011); Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change (2010); Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals (2006); Construction Law & Risk Management – Case Notes and Articles, (Vol. 1, 2003 and Vol. II, 2006); Architectural/Engineering Contracts Risk Management Guide (1997); and EPA Construction Grants Disputes: Surviving the Audit (1990).


Villanova University School of Law, 1979. Undergraduate – B.S. Education – Earth & Space Science major.

Tom Emison – Sr. Director of Strategic Consulting

The New Normal for A&E firms in Today’s Environment; What are the Risks?

Tom Emison is a nationally-recognized thought leader on business strategy and crisis/contingency planning in the U.S. architecture, engineering, construction, and real estate sectors. He is a trusted C-Suite advisor with a passion for the Built Marketplace. Field-friendly and Board-oriented, Tom has researched, developed, documented, and implemented over 250 strategic business plans and tactical plans over three decades. He is an energetic and accomplished speaker, author, blogger, and podcast host. A 3-time U.S. Masters Swimming National Champion, Tom’s competitive spirit extends beyond the boardroom.

Tom offers comprehensive internal and external strategic situation assessments and executive coaching. He is an expert at synthesizing and documenting team-developed plans (e.g., core purpose, core values, BHAG, vision, growth plan, market planning, financial planning). Within Kraus-Anderson Risk Innovation, Tom conducts change readiness assessments and facilitates growth programming, innovation development, employee and external partner engagement, and strategic execution. He is skilled at building trust and fostering healthy experimentation.

Prior to joining Kraus-Anderson, Tom was a top director at three regional accounting firms: Eide Bailly, LLP from 2011-2015, RSM from 1997-2011, and Grant Thornton from 1994-1997. Within each role, Tom’s focus was on architecture/engineering, construction, and real estate clients.