Risk Management Precautions for Design Professionals in Down and Uncertain Economic Times

Title:
Risk Management Precautions for Design Professionals in Down and Uncertain Economic Times

Date:
March 5, 2009

Description:
The current economy is posing significant challenges for A/E firms trying to do business in this recessionary climate. Understanding how these business issues are impacting the pulse of the design professional community, David J. Hatem, P.C. led this relevant roundtable presentation focusing on how to prevent and manage exposure in the midst of today’s economic challenges.

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The Design and Construction Management Professional Reporter: March 2009

Inside this Issue

Federal Government Tightens Integrity Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors

By Douglas M. Marrano, Esq.

Limitation of Liability Provisions in Arizona: Enforceable and Distinguishable from Indemnity Provisions and the Assumption of Risk Defense

By Marisa M. Skoglind, Esq.

An Expert Cannot Rely on an Engineer’s Code of Ethics in Establishing Standard of Care in North Carolina

By Sa’adiyah Masoud, Esq.

Texas Case Reviews Power of Discovery Rule

By Samuel R. Pierce, Esq.

Minimizing Risks Associated with Construction Cost Estimates

By David M. Ponte, P.E.

E-Verify is Alive, Well and Gaining Speed

By Gwen P. Weisberg, Esq.

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The Accountant/Attorney Liability Reporter: March 2009

Inside this Issue

New York Accounting Law Expands Oversight

By Cheryl A. Waterhouse, Esq.

First Circuit Recognizes Applicability of Work-Product Doctrine to Tax Accrual Workpapers

By John B. Connarton, Jr., P.C.

Document Retention for Accountants

By Justin M. Jagher, Esq.

Accountant Liability When a Corporation Commits Fraud

By Cheryl A. Waterhouse, Esq. and Eliana Nader

Law Firm Can Impose Financial Disincentives on Withdrawing Partners

By Cheryl A. Waterhouse, Esq.

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The Prime Consultant and Subconsultant Relationship—Sensitive Issues

Title:
The Prime Consultant and Subconsultant Relationship—Sensitive Issues

Date:
February 5, 2009

Description:
Eric Howard and Matthew Tuller of Donovan Hatem LLPfocused this roundtable on the relationship between the Prime consultant and its subconsultants—including an overview of contract provisions to include in the Prime/subconsultant agreement regarding coordination of scope of services, budget, schedule and quality control. They provided a contract overview involving a discussion of payment provisions, dispute resolution, and ownership of documents. Additionally, 

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Bridge, Tunnel, Dam, and Levee Inspections: Opportunities and Risks for Engineering Consultants (New York)

Title:
Bridge, Tunnel, Dam, and Levee Inspections: Opportunties and Risks for Engineering Consultants

Date:
January 29, 2009

Description:
Given the sad state of the nation’s public infrastructure and the growing trend of public entities outsourcing their infrastructure inspection needs, there is a heightened demand for inspection services by civil, structural, and geotechnical engineering firms. The opportunities that coincide with this demand are coupled with exposure to huge risks associated with a catastrophic failure of the inspected facility.

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Brian Newberry Elected Rhode Island State Representative

Brian C. Newberry, Partner, was elected State Representative for District 48 in Rhode Island on November 4, 2008

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Alert: Federal Government Tightens Integrity Reporting Requirements for Federal Contractors

This amendment tightens an already strict set of Federal Acquisition Regulations (“FARs”) requiring greater integrity in companies doing business with the federal government.

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Donovan Hatem LLP Announces Attorney Promotions and New Attorney Hire in New York

Eric A. Howard and Douglas M. Marrano have been elected partners, effective January 1, 2009.

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The DH Benchmark: Winter 2008

Inside this Issue

The Right of First Refusal vs. The Right to Work Where One Wants: the Howie Carr Case

New Developments in Employment Verification

By Gwen P. Weisberg, Esq.

The Next Generation in Your Business: A Succession “Geiger Counter”

By David M. Paradise, Ph.D., President, Family Business Resource Center

Employee Handbooks: Sword or Shield?
Too Many Ds – Principles to Consider When Planning a Stockholder Agreement

By Sarah K. Willey, Esq.

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Donovan Hatem LLP’s Wellesley Office Consolidates with Boston Office

The firm will be consolidating the Wellesley office with the firm’s main Boston office.

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Donovan Hatem LLP Attorneys Selected as 2008 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Law & Politics has named three Donovan Hatem partners Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2008

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The Design and Construction Management Professional Reporter: September 2008

Inside this Issue

Infrastructure Inspection Engagements: Opportunities and Perils

By David H. Corkum, Esq.

Reaffirming the Economic Loss Doctrine in Massachusetts

By Justin M. Jagher, Esq.

Action Against Architect Dismissed— Plaintiffs Failed to Comply with Statutory Prerequisite

Limitation of Liability Clauses are Still Viable in North Carolina

Caution Advised for Parties Relying Upon a Contract’s “Flow-Down” Provision to Procure Indemnity from a Subcontractor
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“TBM Roundtable: Design-Build. Will One of the Oldest Construction Models Build Tomorrow’s Tunnels?”

David Hatem participates in the Tunnel Business Magazine roundtable discussion

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Leading Litigator John J. Ryan, Jr. to Join Donovan Hatem LLP as Partner on July 28, 2008

John J. Ryan, Jr. will be joining the firm on July 28, 2008 as a Litigation Partner in our Professional Practices Group

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Alert: New York: Liability Insurance Late Notice Reform—Prejudice Now Required

This amendment has radically changed insurance law in New York by eliminating a longstanding, and potent, insurer defense.

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Alert: Amendment to New York’s Wick Law Takes Effect on July 1, 2008

The Wicks Law requires public owners to commission their design professionals to prepare separate specifications for the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC components of public works and public housing authority projects.

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David Hatem to Receive ACEC/MA Distinguished Service Award

David J. Hatem, PC, Founding Partner and Chair of the Professional Practices Group, has been selected as the 2008 ACEC/Massachusetts Distinguished Service Award honoree

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The DH Benchmark: Summer 2008

Inside this Issue

Maternity Leave: It’s Not Just For Women Anymore

By Sarah K. Willey, Esq.

New Federal Law Prohibiting Discrimination on the Basis of Genetic Information

By Cheryl A. Waterhouse, Esq.

U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Retaliation Claims In Employment Context

Structuring a Merger for Architects & Engineers

By James DeLeo, CPA, MST
Gray, Gray & Gray, LLP

E-Verify is Alive, Well, and Gaining Speed

By Gwen P. Weisberg, Esq.

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Alert: Design for Construction Safety Initiative

We call your attention to a construction safety initiative that appears to be gaining traction within certain segments of the design and construction industry.

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“Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks for Engineers and Constructors Involved in Subsurface Projects”

Design Professional White Paper by David Hatem, PC

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