Brumitt Delivers Construction Law Presentations

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt presented to the Kansas City Chapter of the National Association for Women in Construction on January 14. The presentation entitled “Preserving and Advancing Contractors’ Payment Rights” focused on federal, Missouri, and Kansas law and discussed tools and best practices to increase the likelihood of general and subcontractors receiving full payment on construction projects.

Mr. Brumitt also recently presented a workshop to the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association on “Killer Contracts: Red Flags and Revisions.” Mr. Brumitt is presenting a workshop program to the same group covering “Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors” on February 7. Lastly, Mr. Brumitt will be giving a presentation to the ABC/ASPE Kansas City Construction Estimating Academy entitled “Dealing with Change and Delay on Construction Projects” on February 8.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt to Deliver Presentations to the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt is presenting a series of four legal workshops to members and friends of the Kansas City American Subcontractors Association addressing topics of interest to contractors. The first workshop entitled “Retainage:  Don’t Just Kiss It Off” focused on federal, Missouri, and Kansas law regarding retainage, the percentage rates that can be legally withheld, advantages under the federal and state law afforded early-completing contractors, impact of prompt payment laws, and alternative security that can be posted to gain a release of retainage.  The next workshop, “Killer Contracts: Red Flags and Revisions,” takes place December 13.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt, Buffo, and Boe to Deliver CLE on Construction Law

Wooden judge gavel with measure tape above construction blueprint - studio shootLee BrumittDave Buffo, and Leslie Boe will deliver a CLE on Construction Law through the National Business Institute entitled, “Construction Law From Start to Finish” on Monday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at 8787 Reeder Road in Overland Park, KS.

Program Description

Walk Through the Basics of Construction Law

Whether you are new to the construction practice or are looking for a comprehensive refresher, this course will cover multiple issues that must be taken into consideration in the realm of construction law. Join our experienced faculty as they cover a broad, basic overview of the construction process; the fundamentals of construction contracts and key provisions; the basics of insurance; and the impact changes and delays can have on a construction project. Don’t miss this opportunity to build your skills in construction law – register today!

  • Learn the roles of all parties involved in the construction process.
  • Discuss the critical elements that need to be included in comprehensive construction contracts.
  • Discuss how mechanic’s liens work and how to properly file a lien.
  • Walk through the fundamentals of insurance and its importance in construction.
  • Learn how delays can impact a construction project and how to work through them if they arise.
  • Run through the claims process in construction cases.

Who Should Attend

This basic level program is designed for:

  • Attorneys
  • Construction Professionals
  • Paralegals

Course Content

  1. Overview of the Construction Process
  2. Construction Contracts
  3. Mechanic’s/Construction Liens and Payment Issues
  4. Insurance Basics for the Construction Attorney
  5. Changes and Delays in Construction Projects
  6. Ethics for Construction Attorneys
  7. Construction Lawsuit Basics

Continuing Education Credit:

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 7.00 –  KS*
CLE 7.20 –  MO*

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

* denotes specialty credits

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Brumitt Delivers Construction Law Presentation to Kansas City Estimating Academy

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt gave a presentation on February 1 at the 2018 Kansas City Estimating Academy sponsored by the American Builders and Contractors-Heart of America and the American Society of Professional Estimators. He presented to over 75 construction professionals on the topic  “Legal Tools for Payment on Construction Projects.” He is a frequent presenter on contract and litigation issues relevant to the construction industry.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt Delivers Presentation to American Subcontractors Association

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt delivered a presentation to the American Subcontractors Association (ASA) on Jan. 9 entitled, “Indemnity and Hold Harmless.”

He discussed indemnification and hold harmless provisions, how subcontractors can limit exposure to such provisions, how state laws may impact such provisions, and the key issues involved in assuring that subcontractors have adequate insurance coverage to absorb risks they might agree to assume.

“The most important contract issue facing subcontractors is the extent to which risks inherent in the construction process—property damage, personal injury, liquidated damages, design or construction defects, etc.—are transferred from the upper tiers to subcontractors,” said Brumitt.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Dysart Taylor Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Several attorneys from Dysart Taylor were included in the 2017 list of Super Lawyers. This award recognizes attorneys for their excellent legal work and their contributions to the practice of law. There is a four-step selection process in which attorneys are nominated by their peers, independently vetted by an attorney-led research team, evaluated in categories based on practice area by attorneys who received the highest scores in those categories, and then the top 5 percent are selected for Super Lawyers.

Lee Brumitt – Construction Litigation
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2005 – 2017

Bob Cotter – Aviation and Aerospace
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2005 – 2017

Ken Hoffman – Transportation/Maritime
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2017

Stacey Janssen – Elder Law
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2017

Mike Judy – General Litigation
Selected to Super Lawyers – Rising Stars, 2012 – 2017

Amanda Pennington Ketchum – Personal Injury
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2013 – 2017, Rising Stars, 2009 – 2012

Pat McMonigle – Transportation/Maritime
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2005 – 2017

Joe Price – Estate & Probate
Selected to Super Lawyers, 2017

John Wilcox – Transportation/Maritime
Selected to Super Lawyers 2014 – 2017, Rising Stars 2008

Dysart Taylor Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers

Several Dysart Taylor attorneys were recognized in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America by Best Lawyers.

“Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on a rigorous peer-review survey. Recognition by Best Lawyers symbolizes excellence in practice.”

The Dysart Taylor attorneys recognized by Best Lawyers are:

Brumitt to Speak at Kansas City Estimating Academy for Project Managers and Construction Estimators Feb. 1, 2018

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt will deliver a presentation on the topic of “Legal Tools for Getting Paid on Construction Contracts” at the Kansas City Estimating Academy for Project Managers and Construction Estimators, Feb. 1, 2018. The presentation will be at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe, KS. Click here to register, and click here for more information about the event.

Contact Lee Brumitt at or 816-931-2700.

Brumitt Publishes Article in “Contractor’s Compass”

Lee BrumittLee Brumitt published a story in the December 2016 edition of Contractor’s Compass entitled, “Eliminate or Reduce Financial Impact of Retainage.”

“In the 1840s, the United Kingdom was constructing a massive railway system. The huge work demand brought unqualified and insolvent contractors to the fray. Defective and incomplete work was commonplace. To combat the losses and assure that work was completed, the government withheld 20 percent of the contract amount. Thus, the practice of retainage was born. Critics say its time has come and gone.”

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