Virtual Seminars


NASBP Virtual Seminars provide need-to-know information from leaders in the surety industry approximately twice a month throughout the year. With NASBP Virtual Seminars, you will enjoy:
  • Learning at your fingertips — education brought to you at your computer or mobile device or login as a group and share the information with colleagues and/or clients - all for one low price per location/ login.
  • Interactive platform with Q&A features allowing you to connect with speakers and part of the conversation during the live webinar.
  • Access to the on-demand recording for 1 year and much more.

Registration for individual Virtual Seminars- $89 for members or $179 for non-members*.

*You must log in to NASBP's website in order to register for Virtual Seminars. If you are a member but are getting the non-member rate, or if you do not have a login and password, please send an email to requesting a login and password.

Upcoming 2018 NASBP Virtual Seminars -


Killer Construction Contract Clauses Redux: Bond Producers Beware! 
Presenters: Marilyn Klinger
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

Join Marilyn Klinger, managing partner of the Los Angeles, CA office of the law firm SMTD Law LLP, as she examines a variety of onerous construction contract clauses, both in prime contracts and subcontracts. Klinger will explain why these clauses are problematic from a variety of perspectives and identify alternatives that can help solve the issues these clauses attempt to address. Attendees will have the opportunity to submit questions and have them answered during the Virtual Seminar. SMTD Law LLP is a boutique law firm concentrating in construction, surety and business litigation with offices in California and Arizona. 

This critical topic presents an exciting opportunity for you to host this NASBP Virtual Seminar for your construction clients or to share the information on how they too can register to participate in this live or recorded Virtual Seminar.

Klinger_Marilyn_300.jpgMarilyn Klinger serves as the Managing Partner of SMTD Law’s Los Angeles office. She is involved in all aspects of construction law on a state and national level, representing the full spectrum of the construction industry, from owners, contractors, subcontractors and sureties. Ms. Klinger’s practice includes time-related claims and litigation (e.g., delay/impact), legal advice and counsel regarding the contracting process (e.g., bidding and contract disputes/performance bond claims), payment enforcement/defense (e.g. payment bonds/mechanics liens/stop payment notices), administrative and scope claims and litigation (e.g., differing site conditions, change and extra work orders/inadequate plans and specifications and subcontractor substitutions) and counseling and transactional services to the construction industry (e.g., general advice and counsel, including contract preparation, evaluation and negotiation). In addition, she has extensive experience in dispute resolution including litigation, trial, appeals, arbitration and mediation.

Ms. Klinger is a hard-working “straight shooter.” Early in her career, she became a pioneer in construction law, being one of the first women attorneys to practice in the primarily male field. Through her passion and unique intelligence she has established a vital, nationwide practice involved in all aspects of construction law and a career marked by increasingly prominent leadership positions. She is recognized as an innovator in legal problem-solving and as a thought leader who is a frequently published author and sought-after speaker for professional legal, construction and educational publications and organizations. Marilyn loves humor and thinks everyone is way too serious.

Register_Now_button.pngThe Surety’s Salvage Rights Against the Principal, Indemnitors and Third Parties: What Do Bond Producers Need to Know?
Presenters: Todd Regan
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

This seminar will explore the surety’s key rights under the industry-standard General Agreement of Indemnity (GAI), as well as the surety’s well-established common law rights, focusing on what bond producers need to know in order to guide their clients through the process. The seminar will include, among other things, a discussion of the execution of indemnity agreements by the bond principal and additional indemnitors; the requirement of personal guaranties from the contractor/bond principal; the posting of security by the contractor / bond principal; events triggering the surety’s rights to indemnity; the scope of the surety’s rights to indemnity; how to work with the surety in a claims situation; the surety’s rights to collateral security and the GAI’s so-called collateral security clause; the surety’s rights under the prima facie evidence clause; the surety’s rights of equitable subrogation; the surety’s duty to investigate claims; the surety’s right to settle claims; and the standards of good faith governing a surety’s actions.

REGAN.jpgTodd Regan is a partner at the law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP in Hartford, Connecticut. His practice is dedicated to the construction and surety industries.  He represents the full range of construction and surety industry stakeholders in claims involving project delays and inefficiencies, defective design and construction, unfair trade practices and bad faith, and mechanic's liens and bond claims. Regan has argued before the First Circuit Court of Appeals and the Connecticut Supreme Court on significant legal issues concerning the construction and surety industries. He also counsels construction industry members in the negotiation and drafting of project-related agreements.

Regan is a member of several national construction and surety industry-related organizations, including the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, and the Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute. He also serves as a pro bono attorney with Lawyers for Children America, volunteers with the United Way’s literacy program in the Hartford Public Schools, and is a board member with several nonprofit organizations.

Register_Now_button.pngConstruction Industry Dispute Resolution and Avoidance Tools –and the Implications for Bond Principals, Producers and Underwriters
Presenter: Steve Nelson
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

This NASBP Virtual Seminar will provide an overview of construction industry dispute resolution and avoidance tools. Presenter Steve Nelson, will dive into some of the trends and improvements in the traditional dispute resolution processes, such as step negotiation, litigation, arbitration, and mediation. As well as take a look at some of the lesser known tools like Dispute Review Boards, and the increasingly popular use of Standing Neutrals and Neutral Evaluators, with comments on how the use of these tools might change the risk profile of a project and bond underwriting requirements for those projects. In short, we will take a look at what works, what doesn’t, what’s new, and what’s trending in this arena and what that means for bond principals, producers and underwriters.

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Steve Nelson
is Executive Vice President and General Counsel, SureTec Insurance Company and President, SureTec Information Systems, Inc. in Austin, TX. He joined SureTec Insurance Company, a regional surety company, and SureTec Information Systems, Inc., a construction financial services and risk consulting company, in 2001 after six years as CEO of Faulkner Construction Company, a large construction firm headquartered in Austin, TX. At Faulkner, Mr. Nelson e was part of executive management and de facto general counsel for sister companies involved in real estate development and the mechanical, stone and tile, road and bridge, and concrete‐pumping businesses.

Virtual Seminar Resources

Annual Subscribers may access all NASBP archived Virtual Seminars: Virtual Seminar Library

The list of archived Virtual Seminars: Recordings List

Each archived recording can be purchased separately. Please note that you first must log in to NASBP's website, then agree to the content license agreement, then purchase the recording. Once the system registers your purchase, NASBP staff will email you the Virtual Seminar link for all recordings.
To purchase recordings of past Virtual Seminars: Purchase Recordings

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