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October 23: PE Ethics from an Attorney's Perspective


Location:Cover 3, 2700 W Anderson Ln #202, Austin, TX 78757


Check In - 6:30 to 7:00 PM

Social & Business Meeting - 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Program- 7:30 to 8:30 PM

RSVP: RSVPs appreciated (but not required) by sending an email to

Cover Charge: We pay Cover 3 to use their private meeting room and ask that all attendees help defray our costs by ordering dinner or paying a $20cover charge. We will reimburse up to $20 of meal expense for IEEE student members, take your receipt to the Treasurer after the meeting.


Why does ethics matter as an Engineer?  Known and unknown risks that can put your license and your career on the line, and how to spot them before they do.


Brian is a managing partner with the firm. Licensed since 2002, the primary focus of Brian's practice is upon representing contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry. In addition to earning a law degree, he holds a Bachelor's of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing a law degree, Brian worked as a design engineer for two of the preeminent civil engineering firms in the nation. He uses his knowledge of TxDOT design and highway engineering to represent highway contractors and assist them in evaluating, preparing and litigating claims arising out of TxDOT projects. In addition to serving as an advocate, Brian is also a certified mediator. His mediation practice is not limited to construction, but instead covers all manner of civil disputes. He has also taught senior and graduate level courses in contracts, liability, and engineering ethics at the University of Texas School of Engineering. Brian was certified in the inaugural class of Board Certified Construction Lawyers.

Primary Practice Areas

Construction Litigation, TxDOT Claims, Heavy Civil Construction, Mediator

Practice Emphasis

Brian's practice focuses on the representation of general contractors and subcontractors on both private and public sector projects. Disputes typically involve performance, payment, construction defects, terminations, surety law and design. He regularly assists clients in preparing and negotiating claims, contracts and other complex agreements.



University of Texas at Austin (B.S. Architectural Engineering, 1998)

Baylor University (J.D., 2002)


State Bar of Texas (2002)

U.S. District Court (Western, Southern, and Northern Districts of Texas)


State Bar of Texas (Construction Section)

Bell County Bar Association

American Society of Civil Engineers

Texas Society of Professional Engineers

Published Cases

State of Texas v. Mid-South Pavers, 246 S.W.3d 711 (Tex. App. - Austin 2007, pet. denied)

U.S. ex. Rel. United Rentals, Inc. v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 339 F.Supp.2d 799 (W.D. Texas, 2004)


October 30: Tour of Voltabox of Texas


Location: Voltabox of Texas, Inc., 1500 Volta Drive, Leander, TX 78641

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Voltabox is a global manufacturer of advanced battery systems for industrial applications. Headquartered in Delbrück, Germany, with manufacturing operations in Europe, North America and Asia, Voltabox is a world leader in e-mobility.

Voltabox of Texas engineers, designs, develops, manufactures and deploys high-quality, high voltage, lithium-ion battery systems, for customers in the North American market.

Voltabox of Texas will provide an overview of business activities and opportunities.

A company presentation will be followed by a tour of the manufacturing floor.

Our host for the tour will be Thomas Ortman, Chief Technology Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer for Voltabox of Texas, Inc., a subsidiary of Germany-based Voltabox AG, a publicly traded, multi-national corporation serving the E-mobility sector with high energy storage solutions. Thomas was Founder, President & CEO of Concurrent Design, Inc., an engineering product development firm for emerging technologies in semiconductor, electronics, medical and clean technologies, acquired by Voltabox AG March 2018. Design Engineer working in product development, manufacturing & test equipment development at Bell Aerospace & IBM.

Children under 12 years of age are discouraged from attending the tour because of the safety requirements on the manufacturing floor.

Pictures will not be allowed in the manufacturing area.


November 10: Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company Tour


Location: Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company, 14141 W. Highway 290, Building #400, Austin, TX 78737

** Google Maps usually points to wrong address, use longitude-latitude: 30.195273, -98.007900 and see map below **

Time: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Rolled-Ribbon® is the new standard for high-power high-capacity Li-ion cells and batteries. The Rolled-Ribbon Battery Company will provide a presentation on this new technology and a tour of the engineering pilot line that is being used to develop and produce Rolled-Ribbon cells and batteries.

Coffee, beverages and donuts will be provided beginning at9:30am. The presentation will begin at 10:00am.








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