Instructor: John Menken

Credit Hours: 1.00

Approval Number: Not Required

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Course Description


This one hour interactive distance learning course takes a comprehensive look at the Mechanic’s liens law as it is used in the construction and electrical contractor or subcontractor industry. The course is the follow-up to the Mechanic’s Liens, Part 1 course and details the different aspects of the Mechanic’s liens law such remote subcontractor liens, tenant work, competing liens and much more. By the end of this class the participant will have a thorough understanding of the Mechanic’s lien laws, how it is affected by sale, foreclosure, bankruptcy, the role of waivers, and other important items insuring a broad knowledge of this subject area and how it can directly affect a construction or electrical contractor’s business.

Course Objectives


At the conclusion of this course, the participants will be able to:


  •      Express the role of remote subcontractors as it relates to a mechanic's lien.
  •      Explain the concept of tenant work as it relates to a mechanic's lien
  •      Discuss how mechanic’s liens are prioritized against other types of liens.
  •      Identify the ways that a sale or foreclosure of property affects a mechanic's lien
  •     Relate what effect owner bankruptcy has on a mechanic’s lien.
  •     State an example of a mechanic’s lien waiver.
  •     Differentiate between a demand letter and a true mechanic’s lien litigation.
  •     Describe the phrase “battle between innocents” as it relates to mechanic’s lien.
  •     Name several issues facing the future rulings of mechanic’s liens.
  •    Explain why 75% of a claim is a typical “good settlement.”
  •    Identify items that go into the settlement of subcontractor claims

Instructor Bio

John Menken has been in corporate education for twenty-eight years. His background covers all aspects of enterprise training including instructional design, technical writing, internal consulting, eLearning, multimedia development, mobile learning, web programming and online/standup training, including international, in both soft skills and technical areas.

John has authored course materials for both colleges and private industry and in his current role as a Sr. Training director for a telecom company in Tampa Florida he puts together courseware, curricula, job aids, presentations, marketing videos and eLearnings to support enterprise wide initiatives. He has many HR-related implementations to his credit and has managed groups as large as twelve people.

John's current focus is xAPI, the replacement for SCORM, and his past times are kayaking, running and visiting his two adult children who act like they still need him. He was married 30 years in January of 2017.

Other Approvals

Florida Construction Contractor (FCILB): 0612494
Florida Electrical Contractor (ECLB): 0801975
Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) - Residential: SRA1521
Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) - Commercial: CILB-0612494
Alabama Electrician (AECB): CEP034
National Professional Engineer board: Not Required