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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Ethics: An Engineer's Tool for Risk Management

Kristine A. Kubes
Principal of Kubes Law Office, PLLC

NOTE: The location of this meeting is different than other monthly meetings.  See "Meeting Location" below for details


Risk management is much more than insurance - it's a way of operating your business.  One of the necessary tools for risk management is an awareness of the engineer's ethical obligations, which then informs how the engineer communicates about issues and addresses them.  Today's engineer must meet the demands of the market while protecting one's practice, one's business, and one's integrity.  In this course, we will examine the applicable Rules of Professional Conduct as well as case studies of ethical violations and, from them, learn how adhering to the ethical code and communicating effectively can strengthen your practice, help avoid ethical dilemmas, and manage risk.


Speaker Bio:  

Kristine A. Kubes is the principal of the Kubes Law Office, PLLC, serving design and construction professionals.  She concentrates her work on professional liability defense/litigation and proactive construction counseling, which involves addressing and cooperatively resolving project management, risk management, and payment issues.   

Integrated with her legal practice, Kristine is a qualified neutral who mediates construction and design disputes.  A graduate of the College of St. Catherine and the University of Minnesota Law School, Kristine serves as a Governing Committee Member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry.  Kristine is a frequent lecturer on legal issues in design/construction and on professional liability and ethics for the design professional.  She is an affiliate member of her clients’ professional societies: ACEC, AIA, and ASID.  Governor Pawlenty appointed Kristine to serve as a public member on the MN State Board of AELSLAGID in 2005; she served as the Board’s Chair from 2009 to 2011 and completed eight years of service on the Board in 2013.

Meeting Schedule and Logistics:

  • The Presentation will be from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
  • Snacks and beverages will be available. 
  • 2-PDH for this Presentation.



Seating will be limited to approximately 60 people, thus RSVPs are required.  Either leave a voice mail message with Michelle Larson at 651-290-5632, or click the RSVP button in the left-hand column, or send an email message to


Meeting Location: *Location has changed for this month!*

180 East 5th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101


2nd Floor Conference Center, Room B
(located right by the escalator on 2nd/Skyway Floor.)


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