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a/e ProNet Welcomes New Associate Members

October 30, 2017

Next year, a/e ProNet will celebrate its 30th Anniversary. We’ve been around a long time, but we continue to be a dynamic organization. Now we’re proud to announce a new category of a/e ProNet membership. Effective immediately, a/e ProNet’s members rolls will include Associate Members: invited attorneys who specialize in serving design professionals. Associate Member […]

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On the Passing of David Shipley, a Founding Member of a/e ProNet
On the Passing of David Shipley, a Founding Member of a/e ProNet
November 30, 2017

In mid-November, F. David Shipley passed away. He was 81 years old. Dave ran a successful insurance brokerage–Shipley and Associates–for many years. Along the way, he and three colleagues co-founded a/e ProNet in 1988. Dave went on to serve as our Treasurer for more than two decades. Recently, he was deservedly named a Member Emeritus. You […]

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Richard Friedman to Speak at ProNet's Fall Meeting
Richard Friedman to Speak at ProNet's Fall Meeting
September 21, 2017

At the end of this month, a/e ProNet will hold its annual meeting in Chicago for our members, affiliates, and sponsors. ProNet has held these fall meetings for more than two decades, but the goal and capacity of the meeting continues to evolve to meet the climate of the industry.  This year, we’re proud to host Richard Friedman, […]

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Back to School: 2017 a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
Back to School: 2017 a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship Winner
August 28, 2017

University students around the country are heading back to class. We’d like to recognize one of them today. In May, ACEC announced the winner of the annual a/e ProNet Engineering Scholarship as Emily Valenzuela. Emily  is working toward a master’s degree in civil and water resources engineering from Colorado State University. She is the winner of the first […]

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ProNet Clients Among 2017 AIA Indiana Award Winners
ProNet Clients Among 2017 AIA Indiana Award Winners
July 04, 2017

Once again, we’re proud to see several of our clients on the list of winners at the AIA Indiana Excellence in Architecture Awards. AXIS Architecture + Interiors Honor Award – New Building – (Project cost greater than $5 million) Project Name:  Cummins LiveWell Center Jury Comments: The jury felt this project achieved a rich and […]

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Benefit from Selecting the Right Professional Liability Broker
Benefit from Selecting the Right Professional Liability Broker
June 22, 2017

For design professionals, finding the right insurance broker can present a challenge. You need someone with ample experience handling the professional liability needs of architects and engineers, and who offers a wealth of value-added services. Only if your broker has a comprehensive understanding of what you and your firm are all about can he or […]

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Winners of 2017 a/e ProNet AIA Scholarships Announced
Winners of 2017 a/e ProNet AIA Scholarships Announced
June 08, 2017

Each year, we partner with the AIA to present two $5,000 awards to architecture students who demonstrate a particular interest in the principles of management in architecture practice. We’re proud to announce that the following students have won the 2017 David W. Lakamp a/e ProNet Scholarship: Emmanuel Cofie always had an eye for art and design. This desire […]

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If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part II
If You Build It, They Will Sue: Condominium Projects – Part II
May 29, 2017

Continued from the August 2016 issue of ProNetwork News including an analysis of Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, et al. and its impact on future court decisions. IV.        Important Contract Provisions A.        Indemnity, Indemnity, Indemnity!!! In the real estate business the often-touted phrase is “location, location, location.”  In the design […]

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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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How to Avoid Invalidating Your Professional Liability Insurance
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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