September Chapter Past Presidents Meeting


Date: September 10, 2017
Location: Spazio Westport 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146


10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session

Tech Session: Indoor Air Quality and Mold: Legal Issues and Liability Concerns for Engineers and Related Industry Professional

This talk will provide an overview of the increase in indoor air and mold concerns over the last several years and will focus on actual cases that have recently made their way through the courts, with a particular emphasis on legal disputes involving indoor mold contamination.  Target defendants, legal theories and verdicts will be discussed to give the ASHRAE member a better understanding of the potential liabilities facing those who participate in HVAC design and construction. Defense strategies will also be outlined. A discussion of practical steps engineers can take to avoid liability will conclude the talk.

Main Session: Document Management and Discovery – How Documents and E-mails are Used in Litigation

This talk will explain how documents and e-mails are used in litigation focusing on a hypothetical indoor mold scenario. It will provide sample documents to help illustrate how adversaries will use documents to their advantage in litigation. It will also provide tips on how to manage documents to avoid creating documents that can be taken out of context and used against a potential defendant.

Chapter Members Cost $0.00*

* when chapter dues paid
Non-Members Cost $25.00
Cash, Credit Card, or Check, on arrival,
Or – Credit Cards /w Online payment.


Everyone must register even if you have paid local dues.

ONLINE: Click on hyperlink below or copy and paste the URL into your browser: Please make sure that you fill in all the information requested, press ‘submit’ and then complete the form to the point where you hit ‘confirm’. Thank you.

PHONE: Must be called into 314-925-4818, no later than noon, Friday, September 7, 2018. This number is in operation 24 hours a day. CANCELLATION: You may cancel up to 8:00am on Monday before the meeting. If not canceled by this point you will be responsible for the meeting cost of $25.

PDH CERTIFICATES: Will be emailed to attendees as requested during online registrations.


Speaker for Tech and Main Sessions: Christopher M. McDonald, Esquire
Partner, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.

Christopher M. McDonald is a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., a law firm headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. He has been with the firm for over twenty five years engaged in the practice of law focusing on toxic tort, environmental, regulatory and indoor air quality issues. He also focuses on advising clients relating to litigation avoidance and preparedness. Much of his work deals with complex scientific and technical issues.

Mr. McDonald, an associate member of ASHRAE, has chaired TC 1.7 Legal Education and Business Management and also served on the ASHRAE Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Homeland Security.

Mr. McDonald has authored numerous articles and given numerous presentations on issues relating to liability for indoor air quality problems and mold contamination and steps to take to avoid liability for such problems. He has also presented on issues relating to information management and discovery in civil litigations as it relates to engineering practices.