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The Rules of Contract Interpretation

  • Jan 11, 2022 (9:30 - 11:00 am CT; 8:30 - 10:00 am MT)
    Virtual Learning (desktop or laptop access)


DEADLINE: Thursday, Jan 6, 2022

A webinar link will be emailed 2 days prior to the presentation.

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Construction contracting inhabits the intersection of the engineering, construction, and legal professions. A good example of this intersection is the interpretation of contract specifications. In addition to understanding the technical aspects of specifications, project managers also need to understand the rules of contract interpretation. Some of these rules are well known and explicitly set forth in the contract. Other rules are less well known and may not be explicitly set forth in the contract. These rules are said to be “implied.” This course will focus on the most important rules of contract interpretation. Each rule will be clearly identified and real-life examples provided.


Bill Haydt is a Director and Shareholder with Trauner Consulting Services, Inc. He has presented seminars, webinars, and construction claims-related presentations for private firms and public agencies across the country. As an attorney barred in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the combination of his engineering and legal background allows him to review and provide analysis for claims in a unique way to help determine liability and then draft that analysis. Mr. Haydt is a qualified expert who has provided expert testimony at deposition, mediation, and trial. He is an award-winning instructor for the Federal Highway Administration’s National Highway Institute and has presented the course, Managing Highway Contract Claims: Analysis & Avoidance.

Target Audience

All staff involved in managing contracts. These contracts are primarily in the construction industry; however, maintenance, design, and bridge and other contract services will benefit from this presentation.

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