Events / Meetings

Engineering Liability, Discretionary Immunity, and the Duties of Transportation Agencies

When: Tuesday, March 10,  2020, 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

This webinar is sponsored by the ITE Public Agency Council.

Webinar Description:

A reality of most engineering practitioners is that at some point in your career, you, or one of your projects will end up in a lawsuit. Transportation agencies often use standards, guidelines, and the threat of being sued as the reason not to do something. But does the simple act of following a standard grant us immunity? What constitutes an argument or allegation that is relevant and what guidance would a City Attorney offer to practitioners for documenting decisions?

In this webinar, you will hear from attorneys that have been on opposite sides of an injury case, gaining insight into arguments and how prosecuting and defense attorneys view the law. They will provide insights relevant for engineers charged with design, operations, and maintenance of transportation facilities, providing keen insights into past case studies, that have resulted in significant judgments that present lessons learned for public agencies.

Learning Objectives:
Attendees of this webinar will be able to:

  • Identify the legal issues surrounding work of transportation agencies.
  • Understand the mind of a City Attorney and a litigator that provides engineers with a perspective on how to work most effectively to invoke immunity where practical.
  • Classify experiences shared by presenters from the field where our standards have resulted in lawsuits. 


  • Peter Koonce, Principal Engineer | City of Portland
  • Ashley Carter, Deputy City Attorney | City of Portland
  • Scott Kocher | Forum Law Group LLC


ITE Members: $49.00
Non-Members: $99.00

This fee includes a live web event, an archived recording, webinar evaluation, 1.5 PDH credits, and a certificate of completion.