Our law firm regularly hosts construction law seminars for our clients throughout Georgia and in other states.  We offer these informative seminars in our office, at clients’ offices and at public seminar spaces throughout the country.


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Cobb Law Group

Continuing education is vital for every construction profession if he or she wants to remain vital in the 21st century economy.  Training your next generation of employees can be time-consuming and difficult, but our training programs are designed to eliminate this inefficiency.  Our training runs the gamut from the basics of construction contracting and bidding to how to negotiate the tougher contract provisions of pay-if-paid terms, risk allocation, avoiding & mitigating damages, as well as Georgia’s mechanics and materialmen’s lien laws.

There are statutory advantages for every tier in the construction industry, but they are most prominent for specialty subcontractors and material suppliers.  Consequently, one of our most popular seminars trains your employees on the purposes and understanding of Georgia’s lien statutes.  In order to avail your business of these advantages, it is vital that you and your employees understand the requirements necessary to claim the rights under Georgia’s Mechanics and Materialmen’s Lien Act.  Georgia’s subcontractor rights can help you improve your cash flow and receive the money you are due; however, failure to strictly comply with Georgia’s complex lien requirements and meet every deadline will result in a forfeiture of your rights, which may substantially affect your company’s bottom line.  In order to help you inform and educate your employees, the Cobb Law Group offers Georgia Construction Law Seminars.  This is a basic to intermediate level seminar meant to be a practical introduction to Georgia’s Construction Law.  Our current seminar topics include the following:

Learn How to Use Mechanics and Materialmen’s Liens to Help You Get Paid:

  • Notices of Commencements
  • Notices to Owners and Notices to Contractors (NTOs and NTCs)
  • Georgia Mechanics and Materialmen’s Lien Laws
  • How to Properly File a Claim of Lien
  • Effect of Lien Waivers of Lien Rights
  • What to do if Your Customer Files Bankruptcy
  • Statutory Deadlines

Learn How to Use Payment Bond Claims to Help You Get Paid:

  • Notices of Commencement
  • Notices to Owner and Notices to Contractors (NTOs and NTCs)
  • How to Make a Bond Claim on Public & Private Projects
  • Private Payment Bonds v. Public Works Payment Bonds
  • Federal Public Work Projects v. State of Georgia Public Work Projects (Miller Act v. Georgia’s Little Miller Act)
  • Effect of Waivers on Subcontractor Bond Rights
  • Statutory Deadlines (and Contractual Deadlines)

Learn Other Ways to Improve Your Cash Flow:

  • Georgia’s Prompt Payment Act
  • Federal Prompt Pay Act
  • Insurance Requirements for Contractors and Subcontractors
  • Mediation and Arbitration for Construction Disputes
  • Personal Guarantees
  • Promissory Notes, Consent to Judgement, and Stipulation of Payment
  • Retainage: How Much is Allowed & Release of Retainage
  • Pay-If-Paid Clauses and Pay-When-Paid Clauses
  • Risk Allocation on Construction Projects
  • Filing Proof of Claims in Bankruptcy

Who Should Attend This Seminar on Georgia Construction Law?  This seminar is intended for all types of construction professionals and credit managers working in the construction industry, but it is particularly useful to the following:

  • General Contractors
  • Specialty Subcontractors
  • Construction Suppliers
  • Materialmen
  • Credit Mangers
  • Equipment Rental Companies
  • Developers
  • Owners
  • Construction Design Professionals such as Engineers and Architects
  • In-House Counsel

Why You Should Attend our Seminar:  Virtually, every day, the construction industry deals with credit and payment on a daily basis from a construction loan, a payment application, renting heavy equipment, to shipping supplies across the country. Our industry extends large amounts of credit to numerous companies and individuals during the construction process, and it is important to get paid for your work.  Our seminars help you understand your payment rights in Georgia, offers tips and advice for improving your recovery, and gives you deadlines for maintaining and pursuing your lien and bond rights.

Who Are The Seminar Presenters:  The Cobb Law Group focuses its practice on Georgia construction law; consequently, our attorneys stay up to date on the latest case law, legislative initiatives, and administrative issues which affect the industry.  We have lead many successful seminars and help educate and train our clients’ employees.  Rely on us to help you navigate the complex waters of Georgia’s construction lien and payment bond claim laws.

Our construction law group is headed up by Mark Cobb who has over 25 years experience in Georgia construction law.  After becoming a partner in a firm in Atlanta, Mark set out on his own to form the Cobb Law Group to provide an experienced, qualified alternative to big firms (and their fees!).  Our lawyers are experienced professionals who have been recognized by their peers and clients as a highly regarded Georgia construction law firm.  We have lectured nationwide on construction topics, authored and been interviewed for numerous articles, and Mark Cobb was a contributor on a national book for lawyers and construction professionals on Subcontracting and Subcontractor Law (published by the American Bar Association in 2014), and he recently served as a co-editor of a national publication on 50-State Lien Law Handbook (published by the American Bar Association in 2018).

How to Attend: Please contact our office for our current schedule and reservations as we are always adding more seminars and lectures.  We also offer private seminars with your company–feel free to contact us if you’re interested.

Just a Few of Our Seminars and Speaking Engagements:

  • November 17, 2020:  Having served on the legislative drafting committee for the 2020 changes to Georgia’s Lien Laws, Mark Cobb is presenting a free CLE for attorneys and construction professionals entitled “Georgia’s Lien Law Changes.”  This seminar is sponsored by Levelset and has been approved for 1 hour of Georgia attorney Continuing Legal Education credit.  To register for this great program, please click here > >
  • September 2, 2020:  Mark Cobb will present a free webinar to discuss the 2020 Amendments to Georgia’s Lien Laws; this webinar is sponsored by Levelset.
  • October 8 & 9, 2019:  Mark Cobb will be presenting at the 8th Annual Construction Law & Government Contracting Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia; he will present the topic Federal Contracting 101 and Retainage Under the Miller Act / Little Miller Act.  To register for this seminar or to read more details about the seminar, please click here > >
  • March 2019:  The Cobb Law Group is pleased to present a Boot Camp on Georgia Construction Law in Atlanta; topics include improving and negotiating construction contracts, how due diligence can prevent problems, the primer on construction litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and how construction companies can prepare for succession planning and sales; for more information, please click here > >
  • January 2017: Several of our construction attorneys presented various topics at Construction Law 101 in Thomasville, Georgia.  Topics included Adam Carvin’s A Primer on Workers Comp for Contractors, Stephanie Dougherty’s Advanced Construction Contract Negotiation Technics, and Mark Cobb’s How to Use Georgia’s Materialmen’s Liens Law to Improve your Bottom Line and A Primer on Public Payment Bonds (Georgia and Federal Miller Act Claims)
  • September, 2016: Mark Cobb spoke on How to Improve Construction Contracts from a Materialmen’s Perspective at the Construction Supplier Association‘s Annual Conference & Expo in Biloxi, Mississippi
  • August, 2016: Mark Cobb presented at The Seminar Group’s 2016 seminar on Advanced Issues in Georgia Construction Law.  Mark’s topic wass Payment Bonds and will include information on the Miller Act, Georgia’s Little Miller Act, and private Payment Bonds
  • April 27, 2016: Mark Cobb presented 15 Free Things to Improve Your Construction Contracts during the 2016 Construction Professionals Conference & Marketplace sponsored by AGC Georgia.
  • November 10, 2014:  Mark Cobb spoke at an Owner’s Roundtable sponsored by the Construction Suppliers Association; Mark will be speaking on Georgia’s Law on Mechanics and Materialmen’s Liens, Making an Enforcing Payment Bond Claims, Lien Waivers, Georgia’s Preliminary Notice Scheme and similar topics.
  • May 15, 2015:  The Associated General Contractors of Georgia (AGC Georgia) are hosting a construction symposium in Tifton, Georgia; Mark Cobb will be teaching a session on Georgia’s Lien Laws and how to use them for your advantage.  We will post more information as it becomes available.
  • August 6, 2014:  Mark Cobb was a presenter at a Construction Law continuing education seminar for architects, engineers and subcontractors in Atlanta, Georgia.  Mark’s topic will be “Improving the Project Outcome with Accurate and Effective Construction Contracting.”
  • April 23, 2014:  Mark Cobb was a presenter at the AGC Georgia’s Construction Conference & Marketplace at the Georgia International Convention Center (for more information.  His topic will be, “Best Practices:  During the last few years, construction professional have been working in an altered landscape, where staying at the top is more difficult.  We want to equip you with practical tips and on-the-ground knowledge to streamline and protect your interests.  We will look at project administration, tips to avoid (or enforce!) liens and payment bond claims, using non-resident subcontractors, retainage, and insurance requirements along with similar topics pertinent in 2014.”
  • March 19, 2014:  Mark Cobb spoke to the members of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry Division 9 on his participation in the forthcoming book on Subcontractor Law.  Specifically, Mark will be discussing and explaining subcontractor and supplier payment issues to lawyers who represent subcontractors and suppliers on construction contract defaults, materialmen’s liens, and payment bond claims.
  • January 18, 2014:  Mark Cobb offered a two hour “Lunch-and-Learn” for a general contractor client; the program was customized for topics pertinent to the project managers including construction insurance needs, registration of non-resident subcontractors, Georgia’s statutory lien waivers and additional releases.
  • December 18, 2013:  Mark Cobb spoke at a AGC Georgia (Associated General Contractors) seminar in Tifton, Georgia; his topic was Georgia Materialmen’s Lien Law including Notices of Commencement, Lien Waivers, Mechanics Liens (and payment bond claims) and perfecting lien rights in Georgia.