Donovan Hatem LLP is pleased to announce the publication of: Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers, edited by David J. Hatem, PC and Patricia B. Gary, Esq.

Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks for Consulting Engineers

Edited by David J. Hatem, PC and Patricia B. Gary, Esq. and published by ACEC, this book will provide a comprehensive guide to successfully navigating the important issues confronting consulting engineers in projects being delivered as Public-Private Partnerships (P3s), including risk management and professional liability issues. The book may be purchased through the ACEC’s online bookstore at www.acec.org. All proceeds from the sale of this book are exclusively retained by ACEC.

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Announcement: The Boston Office Has Moved

Donovan Hatem’s Boston Office has moved. New Address: 53 State Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109. All Boston’s contact information remains the same.

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Announcement: New York Office Has Moved

Donovan Hatem’s New York Office has Moved. New Address: 112 West 34th Street, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10120. All New York’s contact information remains the same.

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Announcement: Ross Wecker presenting at the Annual Steel Design Conference

Ross Wecker was a speaker at the 32nd Annual Steel Design Conference at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute on June 5, 2013. Ross spoke on the recent developments in the law for consideration by fabricators, engineers, architects and detailers.

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Announcement: Kenneth B. Walton speaking at Boston Bar Association Event

Donovan Hatem LLP Partner, Kenneth B. Walton will be the speaker at the Boston Bar Association’s event on March 22, 2013 – The Trial of a Professional Liability Case. The presentation will focus on the trial of a professional liability case that includes the defense of a malpractice claim and the prosecution of a counterclaim for unpaid fees.

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Announcement: Timothy P. Frawley has joined the firm as a Partner

Timothy P. Frawley joined the firm as a Partner in the Business Litigation, Professional Practices and Insurance & Tort Litigation Groups. Tim is a seasoned litigator who represents a variety of companies and insurers in matters involving professional liability, general liability and construction law. His practice also includes advising and representing clients on commercial and business disputes, as well as various employment matters.

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ROUNDTABLE: New York April 4, 2013 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Are You Aware of the 2012 Changes to the ADA?

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Are You Aware of the 2012 Changes to the ADA?

Please join us on March 21st as Sue Yoakum and Dominic Marinelli deliver this informative presentation.

As many of you are aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act was revised in 2012. Dominic Marinelli, Vice President with the Accessibility Services, a program of United Spinal Association will co-present a discussion on these 2012 changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and its impact, if any, on state and local accessibility codes. Are they compatible and how do they work together? Sue will update us on the legal defenses available to Design Professionals faced with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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ROUNDTABLE: Boston Roundtable March 21, 2013 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Are You Aware of the 2012 Changes to the ADA?

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Are You Aware of the 2012 Changes to the ADA?

Please join us on March 21st as Sue Yoakum and Dominic Marinelli deliver this informative presentation.

As many of you are aware, the Americans with Disabilities Act was revised in 2012. Dominic Marinelli, Vice President with the Accessibility Services, a program of United Spinal Association will co-present a discussion on these 2012 changes to the Americans with Disabilities Act, and its impact, if any, on state and local accessibility codes. Are they compatible and how do they work together? Sue will update us on the legal defenses available to Design Professionals faced with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Announcement: Adam C. Benevides has joined the firm as a Litigation Associate

Adam Benevides joined the firm as a Litigation Associate in the firm’s Business Litigation, Professional Practices and Insurance & Tort Litigation Groups. Adam focuses his practice on representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation disputes, insurance and tort defense, premises liability, employment matters, construction litigation, and professional practices.

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Announcement: Kelly Martin Malone has joined the firm as a Partner

Kelly Martin Malone joined the firm as a Partner in the Professional Practices, Insurance & Tort Litigation, Environmental Litigation and Business Litigation Groups. Kelly brings to the firm over fourteen years of trial experience in a broad array of areas, including professional liability, general liability, medical malpractice, construction litigation, business litigation and criminal law.

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ROUNDTABLE: New York Roundtable February 7, 2013 Updates and Predictions for 2013 – Trends in Liabilities, Litigation and Predictions for Future Claims Activity

Updates and Predictions for 2013 – Trends in Liabilities, Litigation and Predictions for Future Claims Activity

Please join us on Thursday, February 7th as David Corkum and Matthew Tuller deliver this timely presentation. David and Matthew will be discussing the recent trends in claims, significant recent legal decisions impacting design professionals, and risk management predictions for future claims.

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Announcement: Partner Damian LaPlaca presented to the Arizona Bar Association

Donovan Hatem LLP partner Damian LaPlaca presented to the Arizona Bar Association on January 15, 2013 on the legal risks to businesses in using social media.

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Roundtable: NEW DATE – Boston Roundtable January 31, 2013 (originally scheduled for January 17, 2013): Updates and Predictions for 2013 – Trends in Liabilities, Litigation and Predictions for Future Claims Activity

Updates and Predictions for 2013 – Trends in Liabilities, Litigation and Predictions for Future Claims Activity

Please join us on Thursday, January 31st as David Corkum and Matthew Tuller deliver this timely presentation. David and Matthew will be discussing the recent trends in claims, significant recent legal decisions impacting design professionals, and risk management predictions for future claims. NOTICE OF RESCHEDULING: Due to the ACEC/MA Alternative Delivery Methods Breakfast Program scheduled for January 17th, we are rescheduling this Roundtable to January 31st. We encourage everyone to attend this ACEC session that will be held at the Westin Waltham, Waltham, MA. For details please visit www.acecma.org

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Announcement: George Fox Conference

Donovan Hatem LLP proudly announces that it is a Gold Sponsor of the George A. Fox Conference on Innovation in Rock Tunnel Construction, to be held January 22, 2013 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Donovan Hatem LLP partner David Corkum, will be in attendance at the Conference.

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Roundtable: Boston: Risk Allocation Issues for Design Professionals on Design-Build and Public-Private Partnerships Projects

Risk Allocation Issues for Design Professionals on Design-Build and Public-Private Partnerships Projects

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6th as David Hatem delivers this timely presentation.
Increasingly, Project Owners on major projects are selecting the alternative project delivery approaches of Design-Build and Public-Private Partnerships. In most instances, Project Owners resort to these alternative delivery approaches in an effort to achieve Owner objectives that include costs and time efficiencies, promote team building, develop mutual and common incentives and reduce tension and adversity among key project participants. Increasingly some Project Owner risk allocation decisions in these alternate delivery approaches are out of alignment with the conceptual underpinnings of, and best practices in, those approaches, and will lead to unfairness and the very resultant design and construction dysfunctionality and conflicts, disputes and claims that these approaches seek to avoid. Further, many of those risk allocation decisions create significant disconnects and challenges for the application of traditional liability insurance coverages for project participants (especially, professional liability insurance for Design Professionals).

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Roundtable: New York: In 2012, What Are The Ten Most Common Areas Of Design Professional Liability

In 2012, What Are The Ten Most Common Areas Of Design Professional Liability

Please join us on November 15th as Sue Yoakum and Scott Winikow deliver this timely presentation.

Sue and Scott will be discussing the ten most common areas of exposure for design professionals, including a discussion on managing clients, recognizing risky projects, contracts and awareness of issues during construction that may give rise to a claim. Specifically, this seminar discusses situations, scenarios, and predicaments that often create exposure for design professionals. Mindful of Francis Bacon’s observation that “knowledge is power”, the goal of this presentation is to prepare and provide the necessary tools for design professionals to mitigate and/or eliminate such exposure.

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Announcement: John B. Connarton, Jr. Presented with Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Ski Areas Association

The National Ski Areas Association has presented John B. Connarton, Jr. with its Lifetime Achievement Award. According to Michael Berry, President of NSAA, the award was presented in recognition of successes both in and out of the courtroom which have enabled the ski industry to thrive and grow and will benefit the industry for decades to come. Mr. Connarton is a founder and former president of the international Association of Ski Defense Attorneys.

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A Panel Discussion on Claim Scenarios and Efficient Legal Defenses

September 20, 2012
8:00-10:00 amRegistration and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 am. If you have not registered and would like to, please call 617.406.4504 or email roundtable@donovanhatem.com. AIA credits and attendance certificates will be available upon request.

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Roundtable: Boston: An Update on the Big Three: Green/LEED, Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery

An Update on the Big Three: Green/LEED, Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery

Please join us on Wednesday, October 24th as Sue Yoakum and Patricia Gary deliver this timely presentation.
Sue and Patricia will lead a discussion on:
1. Sustainability/Green/LEED: How to Manage this Changing Risk?
2. Building Information Modeling (BIM): What Do I Need to Know and Keep It Simple?
3. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD): Are we seeing IPD projects? Why would I want to do an IPD project if my profits are at risk?

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Announcement: New Jersey Supreme Court Issues Opinion Guaranteeing Free Speech Rights of Residents Living in Communities Governed by Community Associations

Dana Wefer, an associate with the firm, recently won a case before the New Jersey Supreme Court holding that the New Jersey State Constitution guarantees homeowners the right to post political signs in their windows, even if such signs are prohibited by their homeowner or condominium association.

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