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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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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Lessons Learned: Design-Build Case Studies for Engineers

Avoiding or mitigating major liability claims is a vexing concern for design professionals involved in Alternative Delivery Systems (ADS).

Join David J. Hatem, PC and Paul Kelley for a program offering sound advice for engineers regarding Design-Build and Public-Private Partnership initiatives. Learn where others went wrong and how to avoid making those same mistakes. This essential program will provide attendees with a “path forward” and risk mitigation strategies.

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Save the Date! 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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Risk/Crisis Management in Construction Projects

Donovan Hatem Partner Scott Winikow will share his knowledge of project risk management as a panelist for the New York City Bar program “Risk/Crisis Management in Construction Projects” on Monday, May 16.

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Alternative Delivery Systems: Optimizing Your Firm to Win More Work with Less Risk

Join David Hatem and other seasoned legal, financial and A/E industry experts for a full-day workshop on Alternative Delivery Systems: Optimizing Your Firm to Win More Work with Less Risk.

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Legal Aspects of BIM

Whether you’re new to Building Information Modeling (BIM) or have been using it for years, join Sue Yoakum as she examines past, present, and future legal concerns associated with BIM, “noise” surrounding the use of BIM, and best practices for claim avoidance. Register now for the ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit April 17-20.

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Beyond Cost, Schedule and Quality: What Other Risks Do Project Owners Need to be Concerned About?

In 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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Join us in New York for “Design Professional Agreements: Trending Topics and Key Provisions That Can Prevent or Terminate a Lawsuit”

2015 was a busy year for the architecture, engineering and design industries. Join us as we discuss some of the most interesting questions posed by design professionals this past year.

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2015 in Review: Trending Topics, Strategies and Best Practices for Design Professionals

2015 was a busy year for the architecture, engineering and design industries. Join us as we discuss some of the most interesting questions posed by design professionals this past year and provide best practice strategies for the future.

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How Ten Key Provisions in a Strong Design Professional Agreement Can Prevent or Terminate a Lawsuit

Donovan Hatem invites you to join us for a discussion led by Ken Walton, on AIA agreements and key provisions in a strong design professional agreement that can provide protection to design professionals. Effective use of these provisions can shield a design professional from potential legal liability or assist in terminating litigation after it has started.

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Risk Management and Contractual Strategies for E-Communications and Construction Site Accidents

Risk Management and Contractual Strategies for E-Communications and Construction Site Accidents

Donovan Hatem invites you to join us for our next Design Professional Roundtable discussion led by Eric A. Howard on how design professionals can manage risk and develop strategies for dealing with issues and claims that may arise as a result of information transmitted in electronic communications such as e-mail, marketing materials and social media. This program will also address how design professionals can manage risk and develop strategies for dealing with indemnification rights, responding to interviews, and OSHA. Attendees will learn about standard contractual provisions including means and methods, site safety, defense and indemnification and additional insured protection for design professionals.

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Legislative Initiatives Impacting Design Professionals

Join us for our next Boston roundtable on Thursday, October 22. This panel discussion will be focused on the latest legislative actions impacting design professionals.

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2015 ACEC Fall Conference

Don’t miss David Hatem at the 2015 ACEC Fall Conference!

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September 3 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Design-Build and P3s: Risk Allocation and Professional Liability Claims Experience

Please join us on Thursday, September 3 at the Boston Harbor Hotel for a discussion led by David J. Hatem on the increasingly popular design-build and P3 delivery methods. Beyond any question, design-build is on the rise as the delivery method of choice for many public owners seeking to contain cost overrun and other project risk exposures. In addition, P3, which combines design-build with private financing, is gaining interest across the United States.

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June 17 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Please join us on Wednesday, June 17 at the Boston Harbor Hotel for a panel discussion focused on recent court decisions impacting design professionals. Donovan Hatem attorneys will provide presentations on several of their cases in the last year involving professional liability claims against design professionals. Actually, there is much “good” to report!

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Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Midwinter Meeting

Sue Yoakum, AIA and Dan Klancnik will be presenting Building Information Modeling (BIM) – Risks and Legal Concerns at the upcoming Fidelity and Surety Law Committee Midwinter meeting on January 22 from 1:30-2:15. This presentation will commence with a state-of-the-art BIM presentation by Dan Klancnik and follow with a timely presentation by Sue Yoakum on past, present and future risks associated with the use of BIM on a construction project. They will also address various legal concerns involving the use of BIM, identify “noise” relating to the use of BIM, and provide guidance regarding the handling and avoidance of BIM claims.

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December 11 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Please join us on December 11 for our last roundtable of 2014! Cheryl Waterhouse, Esq., and Dan Poteet, Esq. will present Practice Requirements for A/E Firms. This roundtable will address various states’ statutory and regulatory provisions that impact the practice of architectural and engineering services through corporate entities. Breakfast and registration starts at 7:30 am in the Wharf Room, we hope to see you there!

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ABX 2014

David J. Hatem, P.C., and Sue Yoakum, AIA will be presenting Fiduciary Duty and Liability of Design Professionals (session A31) at the upcoming ABX conference on October 28 from 10-11:30. This presentation explores the difference between fiduciary duty and standard of care and how to avoid, manage and separate fiduciary duty and standard of care risks. If you are attending ABX we would love to see you at our session!

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