Cutting-edge education has always been one of the hallmarks of the Restoration Industry Association. RIA was one of the first in the industry to introduce webinars as a means of providing affordable, flexible education to technicians and managers worldwide. That tradition continues with the webinar offerings for 2014.

10 Things Your Lawyer Won’t Tell You (But Should)

Presenter: Alex Barthet, Esq.,The Barthet Firm

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EST


Most individuals will hire multiple attorneys for business and personal issues. This webinar will demystify the economics of attorney-client relations by discussing topics such as: what to ask (or not) when hiring an attorney; how to reduce your legal fees and costs; and when to change attorneys or bring in a specialist.

Alex Barthet is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar and holds an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He has repeatedly been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America, and was named a Rising Star in Construction by Florida Super Lawyers.

Wage and Overtime Responsibilities

Presenter: Joel Greenwald, Esq., Greenwald Doherty, LLC

Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EST


When it comes to determining whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee, it’s important to understand the differences. Misclassifying employees as independent contractors may have a devastating financial impact on a company and this presentation will explain how to avoid these expensive pitfalls.

Joel Greenwald has years of experience litigating employment and labor law issues in federal and state courts. He holds an AV Peer Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review and was educated at the Duke University School of Law, Johns Hopkins University and the London School of Economics.

Introduction to Federal Contracting: Are You Procurement Ready?

Presenter: Gloria Larkin, Target Gov

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 1-2 p.m. EST


While getting into federal contracting can be beneficial for restoration contractors, companies should know how to plan, position and pursue winning contracts. This webinar addresses business strategies to help contractors get ahead of the competition, how to identify contracting opportunities, mistakes to avoid, and identifying how the government purchases products and services.

Gloria Larkin is the author of The Veterans Business Guide: How to Build a Successful Government Contracting Business, and has created a series of government business development products focusing on successful business development processes for federal contractors.

For more information on RIA webinars and other educational offerings, visit the RIA website at and select Upcoming Webinars under Events & Education.   


 Patricia L. Harman is the director of communications and standards for the Restoration Industry Association and editor-in-chief of Cleaning & Restoration magazine. For more information on RIA, visit