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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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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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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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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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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Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of
Design Professionals and the Give-and-Take of "Standard Contracts"
October 04, 2016

The word standard implies many things. A bar to be cleared; a rubric to be followed. But for design professionals, the word becomes tricky when applied to contracts. Project owners often want to keep things simple by requiring so-called Standard Contracts for all parties. This is a problem for architects and engineers, especially from an […]

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a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting to Commence in Chicago
a/e ProNet's Fall Meeting to Commence in Chicago
September 26, 2016

This week, a/e ProNet’s membership will gather in Chicago for the annual fall meeting (September 28-30, 2016). It’s an opportunity for the members to exchange insights about the climate of the design industry, broadening each broker’s individual knowledge base. Established in 1988, a/e ProNet represents a combined annual professional liability premium volume exceeding $300 million. For this […]

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