PMI Northeast Florida Chapter

July 2020 Professional Development Meeting: "Contracts and COVID-19" with James O. Birr

July 2020 Professional Development Meeting: "Contracts and COVID-19" with James O. Birr

Contracts and COVID-19

Presented by: James O. Birr, Jimerson Birr

Contracts play a vital role in project management. They are legally binding devices which, if properly drafted, define the scope of the work, the parties’ roles and responsibilities, and mitigate and allocate losses.

Some important contract provisions to be mindful of when negotiating a contract include: payments, change orders, liquidated damages, force majeure, indemnification, termination, and dispute resolution.

In addition, because of the current worldwide pandemic related to COVID-19, it is important to understand how the doctrines of impossibility of performance and frustration of purpose may affect contractual obligations.

This presentation will provide a foundation of important contract provisions to consider to ensure project success and minimize potential conflict.

Registration Details: Registration ends at 5 PM on July 20.

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Event Properties

Event Date 07-20-2020 6:45 pm
Event End Date 07-20-2020 8:15 pm
Cut off date 07-20-2020 5:00 pm
Individual Price $10 for Members - 1 PDUs-Strategic
No. of Strategic PDUs 1
Location Webinar
Categories Monthly Member - 1 PDU - Strategic



Networking & Open Discussions

7:00 - 7:10

Meeting Start & Opening Comments

7:10 - 8:10


8:10 - 8:15

Meeting Wrap-up


James O. Birr, III, Esq.

Shareholder Partner at Jimerson Birr

James O. Birr, III (Joby) is a Shareholder Partner at Jimerson Birr, and practices in the areas of business litigation, construction law and community association law. Mr. Birr is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Construction Law and is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Birr was declared one of the “Best Lawyers in America” in 2020, and has been recognized as one of Florida’s “Super Lawyers” from 2014 to present. He also earned the distinction of Legal Elite from Florida Trend Magazine in 2016 and has maintained that status every year since 2018.

Mr. Birr has experience in a variety of construction and business disputes involving large and small businesses, as well as individuals. He also has experience in handling construction lien and bond claims; construction contract claims; construction defect claims; real property disputes; inverse condemnation cases; and construction related claims involving developers, homeowners, homeowners’ and condominium associations, subcontractors, contractors, suppliers, surety companies, and insurance companies. He also has experience in negotiating severance and noncompete agreements.

Mr. Birr has also litigated collection claims involving condominium and homeowners’ associations, as well as other business entities. He has experience in drafting various types of construction contracts, credit applications, independent contractor agreements, and leases, and has represented condominium and homeowners’ associations on claims involving condominium declarations and construction and design defects.

Mr. Birr moved to Jacksonville in 1991 and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida. It was there that he played baseball and earned both academic and athletic All-America honors in 1995. In 1995, Mr. Birr was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. In October 2013, Mr. Birr was inducted into the University of North Florida Athletics Hall of Fame.

Before law school, Mr. Birr worked in the General Counsel’s office at the University of North Florida, where he conducted legal research and assisted in drafting various policies and procedures. Prior to working at Jimerson Birr, Mr. Birr was a shareholder at Gunster, Yoakley and Stewart, where he focused on construction law and business litigation. Mr. Birr resides in the Southside area with his wife, Katie, and their two children, James and Blair. His hobbies and interests include spending time with his family, golf, fishing, reading, and listening to music.

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