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How to Avoid Invalidating Your Professional Liability Insurance

March 31, 2017

At a panel for the NC Bar Association Construction Law Winter Meeting, attorney Melissa Brumback and her colleagues discussed insurance issues for design professionals. One hot topic was the way architects and engineers can inadvertently invalidate their insurance by agreeing to overly broad contractual language. Frequently, this has to do with the standard of care. Melissa penned the following […]

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Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
Indemnity Relief Coming to California Design Professionals
May 03, 2017

On April 27, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 496 (“SB-496”) into law. SB-496 will significantly lessen the burden of indemnity provisions and the dreaded immediate duty to defend in both public and private contracts with design professionals. Efforts to obtain passage began several years ago and were spearheaded by the hard work of the […]

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Copyright Rights and Wrongs
Copyright Rights and Wrongs
April 20, 2017

Copyright seems like a rather lofty notion. Few put copyright at the top of their list of must-haves in contract negotiations, and even fewer take the time to actually register their documents for copyright protection. But you do have copyright protections under current law. That copyright can come in handy as a risk management tool […]

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SmartRisk Checklist Can Help Your Firm Shore Up Cybersecurity
SmartRisk Checklist Can Help Your Firm Shore Up Cybersecurity
March 20, 2017

Architecture and engineering firms are still learning how to cope with a growing cybersecurity threat. According to this year’s Global Application and Network Security Report from Radware, nearly half of all companies experienced a cyber ransomware attack in 2016. Vulnerability to loss of personal data, exposure of sensitive or proprietary information, etc., is also on […]

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a/e ProNet Holds Annual Spring Meeting in Arizona
a/e ProNet Holds Annual Spring Meeting in Arizona
March 04, 2017

For the last few sunny days, a/e ProNet members from across the country have gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona for our annual Spring Meeting (March 1-3). a/e ProNet brokers are independent. Technically, we operate as competitors. Membership is by invitation only. We come together voluntarily as recognized leaders in our industry, meeting the insurance needs of architects and engineers. Our […]

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To Do in 2017: Take An Online Architecture Course
To Do in 2017: Take An Online Architecture Course
February 20, 2017

Every day, technology opens new doors to current and future generations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in education. Video streaming capability allows anyone to “attend” classes at renowned universities, for example. Harvard Graduation School of Design One of the most recent examples is an introductory level architecture course from The Harvard Graduate School of Design. “The […]

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If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part I
January 27, 2017

Do architects owe a “duty of care” to the homeowners of a condominium project with whom the architects have no contractual privity?  According to the California Supreme Court, they do.  What does this mean in practical terms?  The answer is that architects are now more than ever exposed to potential future claims and lawsuits brought […]

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AIA Names Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Nation's Top Architecture Firm
AIA Names Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects Nation's Top Architecture Firm
December 29, 2016

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects, an a/e ProNet client hailing from San Francisco, California, has received the coveted AIA Architecture Firm Award for 2017. “Firm principals William Leddy, FAIA, Marsha Maytum, FAIA, and Richard Stacy, FAIA, began collaborating in 1983 and the belief that architecture is the synthesis of poetics, economics, technologies, and meaning has always […]

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Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in
Construction Contracts and Bankruptcy: The Ultimate in "Value Engineering"
December 20, 2016

You have just learned that the other party to your contract has filed for bankruptcy. That party owes you money for past work and the project is not yet completed. This is a difficult and confusing situation that your firm might encounter. In this Practice Note, attorney Jeremy W. Katz provides insight into the bankruptcy […]

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Indemnification Clause Templates for Architects & Engineers
Indemnification Clause Templates for Architects & Engineers
November 17, 2016

We’ve posted several times about the confusion surrounding so-called “standard contracts,” as well as the most commonly misunderstood clauses in design professional contracts. When reviewing a new contract for the first time, it can be helpful to know what sound contract language looks like. In February, we published an issue of ProNetwork News titled Template of […]

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Two a/e ProNet Clients Win AIA Indiana Design Awards
Two a/e ProNet Clients Win AIA Indiana Design Awards
November 04, 2016

Last month, AIA Indiana announced the winners of their annual awards. Happily, a couple of familiar names were among the group. ONE 10 STUDIO Architects came away with two awards. The first was a Merit Award (Preservation / Adaptive Reuse / Reservation) for the Marion County Public Defender Agency project. Jury Comments: Though entered as an […]

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