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BUSINESS 306: Elements of Litigation

Learning Objectives

  • List potential liabilities, limitations of liability and ways to avoid liability.
  • List documents that are important in the defense of liability including agreements, soils reports, drawings, specifications, change orders, etc.
  • Describe how to handle potential litigation and what to do if you have a construction defect, warranty claim, or breach of contract issue.
  • List issues to consider when asked to look at a competitor’s construction defect or when asked to work on a problem project.


Avoiding litigation is always the best practice, but sometimes, no matter how well you perform, you may be named in a suit even if a problem is the direct result of someone else’s work. Learn how to protect yourself and your company with contractual considerations and real-world experience. It is always better to learn from the mistakes of others and these instructors will share a bit of their expert witness experience with the class.

Time/ Credits

1:50 hrs


Bryan Snyder

Owner and Attorney at Law Office of Bryan R. Snyder
San Diego, CA
(619) 752-1102

Bryan Snyder

Bryan R. Snyder is the owner of the Law Office of Bryan R. Snyder, APC, located in San Diego, CA. Bryan has been a practicing attorney for more than 30 years and has been involved in litigating all types of construction cases, including multi-family and single-family homes, commercial buildings, hospitals, university buildings, and other construction. He represents both owners and contractors in litigation and in consultation. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters and was the recipient of an Outstanding Trial Lawyer award from the Consumer Attorney's of San Diego. He has lectured extensively on construction defect issues for both consumers and the building trade.

Skip Phillips, SWD Master

Ambassador and Co-founder of GENESIS®
(760) 815-3961

SWD Master Pool Designer
Skip Phillips, SWD Master, GENESIS® Ambassador & Co-Founder

Skip Phillips, former owner of Questar Pools' and the firm's current principal designer, is one of the world's most renowned designers and builders of custom swimming pools, spas and other forms of aquatic architecture. In 1993, the Robb Report declared Phillips "the world's most influential swimming pool designer" and since then he has received extensive coverage in trade magazines and on T.V., including multiple HGTV appearances, newspapers and prestigious national publications including Better Homes & Gardens, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He is co-founder of GENESIS and is a charter member of the Society of Watershape Designers. He is widely credited for transforming and uplifting the pool and spa industry. Phillips' body of work includes some of the most beautiful and technically advanced watershapes of the modern era.