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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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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The Temptation to Cut Corners on Insurance
The Temptation to Cut Corners on Insurance
October 12, 2016

When it comes to insurance, cutting costs without determining the risks can leave your design firm vulnerable. In a recent IA Magazine article called Are Your A&E Clients Cutting Coverage Corners?, editor Jacquelyn Connelly outlines three crucial “coverage developments” pertinent to architects and engineers: Cyber liability Design-build contracts Stricter insurance requirements These categories are rapidly changing […]

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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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Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
Demanding General Contractors and How to Meet Them Halfway
August 24, 2016

Some of the most frequently asked questions we hear are triggered by the disparities between the insurance coverage available to design professionals and the demands made for coverage by general contractors and their standard contracts.   This is a nuanced area, and you should call your local a/e ProNet broker if you have specific questions. In the […]

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Certificates of Insurance:  Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
Certificates of Insurance: Why You Can’t Always Have It Your Way
August 05, 2016

Design professionals are often asked by their clients to sign contracts that include comprehensive—sometimes unreasonable—insurance requirements and indemnification terms.  These are usually drafted with the goal of protecting owners, clients, contractors, or other project participants.  But how does this work when the required coverages aren’t found in the commercial insurance marketplace? Certificates of insurance (COIs)—which […]

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Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
Are Hackers a Threat to My Design Firm?
May 04, 2016

Hackers make headlines daily with targets ranging from major Swiss banks to Minecraft users to German nuclear power plants. But what are the risks to architects and engineers? Professional Liability carrier Victor O. Schinnerer urges design professionals to Take Cyber Liability Exposures Seriously in a recent blog post: Cyber liability problems that have disrupted firm operations often […]

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2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
2015 ACEC Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers in Engineering, Inc.
March 29, 2016

Design firms preparing to purchase or renew professional liability insurance ask the same few questions every year. How will my professional liability premium be calculated? Will my professional liability premium go up? Should I change professional liability insurance companies? One helpful resource to answer these questions is the 2015 Professional Liability Insurance Survey of Carriers, a report […]

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