Legal Food Frenzy

Donovan Hatem is once again raising funds and collecting food for the Greater Boston Food Bank’s 8th annual Legal Food Frenzy. The 2017 Legal Food Frenzy takes place March 20 through March 31. All proceeds will provide food to those in need via the Greater Boston Food Bank’s 530 member agencies across Eastern Massachusetts.

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Understanding Design-Build: Risk Allocation and the Professional Liability Claims Experience

Design-build (DB) is on the rise as the delivery method of choice for many owners seeking to contain cost overrun and other project risk exposures. However, design professionals face unique risks and challenges when utilizing DB. Learn what this trend means for design professionals in the areas of business development, teaming and collaboration with contractors, professional liability and related commercial risk exposures, risk management and contracting practices, insurability of risk, and quality assurance/quality control practices.

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Design Professional Marketing: the Do’s and Don’ts from RFPs to Project Completion

marketing do's and don'tsWhether a design professional is tweeting project photos or disclosing project details in an RFP – marketing comes with hidden risks. To manage these risks, design professionals need to understand how contracts, intellectual property ownership and licensing rights may affect their marketing activities.

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Early Warning Signs and Problem-Solving Approaches to Construction Phase Issues

early warning signs and problem-solving approaches to construction phase issuesIf during construction an issue arises, you may still be months away from a claim. What can be done early on to avoid or change the outcome of construction phase issues or claims? Presenters William Perry, P.E., M.ASCE and Gwen Weisberg, Esq. will discuss cases involving construction phase issues; how they were resolved, including what worked/didn’t work and why.

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2016 in Review: Successful Cases and Lessons Learned for Design Professionals

2016 in ReviewCome celebrate the new year with us! Join us for a panel presentation on January 5 to hear some of the most noteworthy professional liability claims handled by Donovan Hatem attorneys. Partners David J. Gorman, William D. Gillis and Colin M. Black will recap a few of their most interesting cases and highlight critical issues and trends for design professionals.

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Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers

P3-DBAs P3 and DB approaches on bridges, roads, transit, water supply and treatment, tunnels, rail, and other public infrastructure projects continue to increase, consulting engineers need access to vital knowledge and reliable expertise to make conscientious and prudent decisions about P3 and DB project opportunities and risks.

The second edition of Public-Private Partnerships and Design-Build: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers presents new industry information and experience on P3 and DB approaches, and offers timely recommendations about the rewards, challenges, and risk exposures for consulting engineers in today’s still evolving P3 and DB project work environment.

All proceeds from the sale of this book are exclusively retained by ACEC. To learn more about this edition or purchase a copy, visit www.acec.org.

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Construction Institute Boston Day-Summit

Partner David J. Hatem is set to present Legal Perspectives on Alternative Project Delivery and Design-Build Methods at the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section (BSCES) Boston Day-Summit on Friday, December 2. This full-day seminar is sponsored by the Construction Institute Boston Chapter and will feature presentations on a mix of project case studies, technical review, technology and innovative planning and construction techniques, and specific construction projects and detailed challenges.

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Spreading Holiday Cheer at Rosie’s Place

Rosie's PlaceDonovan Hatem is giving back this holiday season by partnering with Rosie’s Place to collect gifts. Rosie’s Place is a Boston women’s shelter that provides a safe and nurturing environment to help poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. We’re proud to support the holiday gift drive and help brighten the season by giving the women at Rosie’s Place a special gift.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Retrospective and Prospective Views of the Big Dig and Megaproject Delivery

By David J. Hatem, PC and Gregory S. Paonessa, Esq.

From the 1950s until substantial completion of the Central Artery Tunnel (CA/T) Project in 2006, otherwise known as the Big Dig, Boston was a city divided. Dubbed the “Green Monster” by locals, the elevated Central Artery ran from the north of the City southbound over the Charles River and by the Boston Garden. From that point, it separated the North End from the West End, and Government Center, Faneuil Hall and the Financial District from the Waterfront. The Artery provided a never ending source of smog and soot which covered surrounding buildings and engulfed the City in noise from vehicular traffic. It plagued the City as an under-designed, ill-conceived means of traversing from the North to the South Shore and the I-95 corridor.

Read the entire article on page 5 in ACEC Insights.

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Risk Allocation for Subsurface Conditions in Design-Build and P3

The Risk Management in Underground Construction conference in Miami, Florida on Nov. 14 – 16 will explore all aspects of risk management in the project planning, design and construction phases of underground construction projects. Donovan Hatem Partner David Hatem is among the speakers this year and will discuss “Risk Allocation for Subsurface Conditions in Design-Build and P3s.”

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Avoiding Contract Claims and Hazardous Communications: Key Provisions in Strong Design Professional Agreements

In the architectural and engineering industries, the competitive marketplace may often lead design professionals to waive certain protective contractual provisions in order to “win” a job. Join us for a vital discussion of AIA agreements and key provisions for a strong design professional agreement that can provide protection. Effective use of these fundamental provisions can shield a design professional from potential legal liability or assist in terminating litigation after it has started.

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Partner David Hatem Receives TECET Leadership Award

Donovan Hatem is proud to announce that partner David J. Hatem has been honored with the Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) “Leadership in Professional Practice Legal Services” award. Donovan Hatem, under the inspired leadership of David Hatem, is committed to supporting the growth of the engineering and architectural industries and TECET, a nonprofit organization focused on educating professionals, students and the public about engineering and land surveying in the natural and built environment.

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Recent Court Decisions: Trends in Liabilities and Litigation Impacting Design Professionals

Legal interpretations are constantly evolving based on court decisions, forcing professionals to stay up-to-date on the latest legal trends to avoid stumbling into costly litigation. Donovan Hatem litigation partners David Gorman and Colin Black will recap some of the most important recent case decisions involving professional liability claims against design professionals.

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Managing Digital Risks: Cyber and Data Security for Design & Construction Professionals

Beyond Cost, Schedule and QualityIn today’s fast-paced digital world, most would agree that the convenience and ease of working online outweigh the risks, but is it possible to keep digital work safe? When it comes to managing risk, you can never be too prepared. Online hackers, shifting compliance standards and misconceptions regarding insurance can all pose threats to your projects and workplace. Fortunately, you can meet these challenges head-on with the right tools.

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Being an Expert Witness

Expert Witness

Expert witnesses are hired to provide their extensive insight into a particular subject in support of their client’s case. Join us for an overview of what it takes to work as an expert witness and what to expect when engaging an expert.

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Nicholas MacInnis and Lauren King Join Donovan Hatem

Donovan Hatem is pleased to welcome Nicholas MacInnis to the firm’s New York office and Lauren King to the Boston office. Nicholas and Lauren both bring design professional risk management knowledge to Donovan Hatem.

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David J. Gorman Joins Donovan Hatem

Meet our newest Partner – David J. Gorman, Esq.

David J. GormanAttorney Gorman brings nearly 30 years of litigation and architecture/engineering industry experience to the firm’s Professional Practices, Business Litigation, and Insurance & Tort Litigation Groups. David’s practice focuses on addressing complex engineering and construction disputes and providing risk assessment and analysis of litigation claims. David has defended architects, engineers, land surveyors, attorneys and real estate brokers in malpractice, insurance coverage and breach of contract cases. He is well-versed in evaluating potential risk exposure. His extensive legal career includes working on numerous large construction claims, including those arising out of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project.

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Central Artery/Tunnel Project: Perspectives, A Decade Later

A decade has passed since substantial completion of the Central Artery/Tunnel Project (the “CA/T Project”). Despite all of its tremendous benefits and achievements, the CA/T Project continues to be controversial. For some in Boston and elsewhere, the CA/T Project represents a special and contradictory destiny and legacy, from conception, planning and funding, to design and construction, through final completion. For others of us, the celebration of success is warranted, well-deserved and long overdue.

Join us for a panel discussion that will reflect on the CA/T Project experience from different perspectives, address lessons learned for other megaprojects, and provide insights and analysis as to how the delivery, funding and financing of present and future megaprojects has been and will be influenced by those lessons learned.

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Employment Practice Issues for Design Professionals

Employment Practice Issues

Understanding legal requirements governing the employment relationship and immigration rules is critical for a successful and effective business. Join Cheryl Waterhouse, Esq. and Gwen Weisberg, Esq. for an overview of employment law including developments in state and federal laws and tips for staying in compliance. Learn best practices for addressing accommodation and leave requirements, discrimination and harassment complaints, as well as classification and wage issues. The program will also explore immigration topics including I-9s, site visits and verifications.

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Advanced Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law

Attorney James L. Soucy will join the National Business Institute on June 16 to co-present an advanced program on Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law. The program will analyze current issues in the law and practice of uninsured/underinsured motorists and provide attendees with the latest legislative updates, along with a view of today’s challenges. Attorney Soucy will discuss effective settlement negotiations and arbitration, as well as special issues that can make or break a case.

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