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Risk Management & Contract Guide for Design Professionals


Previously out of print, our very popular first book is now available in electronic format! The ideal companion to Risk Management for Design Professionals in a World of Change.

Over 300 pages of commentary on risk management and contracts. Written by attorney, Kent Holland, based upon his knowledge and experience from over 20 years working with design professional contracts, risk management and insurance. This is a practical guide to help design professionals and those who work with design professionals to better understand and manage risks and liabilities potentially arising out of contracts, communication, and documentation.

Much attention is given to explaining how contract language may affect the availability of insurance coverage for claims against design professionals. Several chapters address managing communication and documentation, with particular emphasis on email, and records maintenance, retention, and destruction.

Over 30 clauses that may be of particular concern for risk management and insurability of risks are discussed. For each of these clauses, one or more key issues is considered.

Extensive examples and commentary are offered on various provisions of the AIA and EJCDC forms.

In addition to discussing example contract clauses, we have included a discussion of risk management of communication and documentation. As you will see from the litigation examples referenced, many claims against design professionals could be avoided or mitigated through better communication and documentation. This is such an important issue that entire seminars are devoted to it.

The book includes optional AIA approved continuing education exams up to 8 Learning Units (credit for exams are purchased separately, see below.)

Chapters include:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • CAD and Electronic Media
  • Certifications
  • Changes in Design Professional’s Services
  • Change Orders for Construction Work
  • Changed Conditions (Differing Site Conditions)
  • Choice of Law & Venue
  • Compliance with Law
  • Confidentiality
  • Cost Estimates
  • Damages
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Conditions
  • Incorporation by Reference
  • Indemnification
  • Inspection
  • Insurance
  • Limitation of Liability
  • Notice Requirements
  • Owner Provided Data
  • Ownership and Copyrights of Documents
  • Permits
  • Reliance on Information Provided by Others
  • Responsibility for the Services of Others
  • Schedule (Timeliness of Performance)
  • Scope of Service
  • Severability & Survival
  • Shop Drawings
  • Site Safety
  • Termination
  • Time Limitations on Litigation
  • Waiver of Subrogation
  • Warranties and Guarantees

If ordering this book, please allow three (3) business days to receive it by email. We will email it to you when we are able to verify your payment.

Book, PDF Electronic Format: $29.95

Continuing Education Courses from This Book

“Communication, Documentation & Site Safety: Risk Management for Design Professionals,” 2 AIA Approved LU’s.
Continuing Education Course 1: $49.95

“Design Professional Contract Terms and Conditions, Part I: Risk Allocation & Management,” 4 AIA Approved LU’s.
Continuing Education Course 2: $99.95

“Design Professional Contract Terms and Conditions, Part II: Insurance Issues & Insurability of Indemnification, Scope of Service, Standard of Care, and Warranties,” 2 AIA Approved LU’s.
Continuing Education Course 3: $49.95