September 2023 – Sustainable Design: Practice and Risk Management Implications for Design Professionals
In today’s digital landscape, the protection of your work and business against cyber threats is paramount. Building upon the success of our previous seminar, “Cybersecurity for the Design Professional: Mitigating Risks in Today’s Digital World,” we are delving deeper into the critical area of cyber insurance.
Join us Thursday, September 28th, for our roundtable Cybersecurity Insights: A Guide to Insurance Coverage for Design Professionals as we host a panel of seasoned Professional Liability brokers and underwriters who will provide invaluable insights to help you secure the best coverage for your firm.Read More
Join us Thursday, June 22nd, for our June Roundtable Sustainable Design: Practice and Risk Management Implications for Design Professionals. At this roundtable, we will answer the following questions:
- How do Sustainable Design Concerns Impact the Design Professional’s Standard of Care?
- What are some of the important Risk Management Considerations for Sustainable Design?
- Can a Design Professional be held liable for failing to recommend Sustainable Design initiatives to their client?
May 2023 Roundtable – Cybersecurity for the Design Professional: Mitigating Risks in Today’s Digital World
Join us Wednesday, May 17th, for our May Roundtable Cybersecurity for the Design Professional: Mitigating Risks in Today’s Digital World as we address cybersecurity and its importance to your business. Over the last couple of years, there has been a significant increase in data breaches and scams. The need for digital protection is greater now than ever. In this roundtable, we will discuss the necessary steps to secure your data, provide real-life case studies and address the legalities of it all.Read More
Join us as we discuss the most controversial contract provisions to assist design professionals in avoiding and managing professional liability risks.
At this roundtable, you will learn:
- the recommended contract approaches design professionals should use
- key contractual provisions and principles
- risk management through contracts and some pitfalls to avoid
- how to descend risks to Sub-Consultants
Gwen P. Weisberg, Partner, Donovan Hatem LLPRead More
January 2023 Roundtable – What’s New: A Review of 2022 and Recent Cases Involving Design Professionals
Join us Thursday, January 27, 2022, for our first Roundtable of 2023 – a timely case study presentation focused on common legal issues faced by design professionals
Thomas Fay, Partner, Donovan Hatem LLP
Stephen Willig, Partner, Donovan Hatem LLP
Barry Rothschild, Of Counsel, Donovan Hatem LLPRead More
November 2022 Roundtable – Designing for Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (“CCSR”) – Challenges and Concerns
Join us Thursday, November 17th, for our November Roundtable Designing for Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (“CCSR”) – Challenges and Concerns
Questions that will be addressed:
- How do CCSR Concerns Impact the Design Professional’s Standard of Care?
- What are some of the important Risk Management Considerations for CCSR?
- What are some of the challenges in designing for CCSR?
- Can a Design Professional be held liable for failing to anticipate Climate Change?
September 2022 Roundtable – Design Assist, Design Delegation, Design-Build: What are the Differences?
Join us Tuesday, September 27th, when David Hatem will present the Roles, Responsibilities and Risk Allocation for Design Professionals in the context of various Project Delivery Approaches including a discussion of the increased utilization of collaborative approaches to Project Design, and issues associated with design delegation and design assist, CM/GC and Progressive Design-Build.
Questions that will be addressed:
- What are the essential differences between Design Delegation and Design-Assist?
- Who has responsibility for design risk and design adequacy in Design-Assist?
Steve Willig, a partner in the firm, will be speaking at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England’s September Friday Forum via Zoom to be held on Friday, September 9, 2022.
His presentation, “Design-Build – Smart Ways to Maintain a Productive Designer-Contractor Relationship,” will discuss techniques to develop at the outset, as well as to maintain throughout the project, that help cement a good working relationship between designer and contractor — ways to make sure you keep the project moving and avoid road bumps.Read More
Join Donovan Hatem and ACEC/MA at Design-Build for Consulting Engineers
2 Sessions: July 14 + July 20: (Register for 1 or Both Sessions)7:30 AM: Registration, Hot Breakfast | 8 – 10:30 AM ProgramMHA Conference Center, 500 District Ave, Burlington, MA (with Zoom option)
Please contact email@example.com for more information and the form to register
July 14: Design/Build: Professional Liability Risk For Consulting Engineers
• David J. Hatem, PC,Read More
David Hatem will be a presenter at the ACEC Executive Forum to be held on June 14, 2022 in Toronto, CA.
David will discuss Design-Build and Public-Private Partnership Projects: Professional Liability Risk and Professional Indemnity Insurance Implications.Read More
David Hatem will be a panelist at the Underground Construction Association’s 2022 North American Tunneling Conference to be held June 19 – 22, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.
David’s topic, “The State of DRBs in the Tunnel Industry” will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 and explore Dispute Review Boards. In a joint effort between the UCA of SME and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF), the authors embarked on an informal assessment of the state of the DRB practice in the tunnel industry from the point of view of the Contractor,Read More
Steve Willig, a partner in the firm, will be speaking at DBIA New England’s May Friday Forum via Zoom to be held on Friday, May 6, 2022.
His presentation, “Design-Build – What Are The Tells That Spell Trouble,” will explore what the “telltale” signs of trouble are on a design-build project and focus on the design perspective to inform all team members to recognize trouble spots and how to avoid them.
Registration is not required,Read More
May 2022 Roundtable – Climate Change and Design: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation into your Practice
Infrastructure design is evolving in response to new net-zero laws and policies focused on resilience. On Thursday, May 19, 2022, Patricia B. Gary, Esq. will moderate a panel of two leading experts in the areas of mitigation and adaptation:
- Molly Dee-Ramasamy, Head of Deep Carbon Reduction at Jaros, Baum & Bolles in New York City, will speak about her work with low-carbon design strategies and electrification technologies to achieve decarbonization, and compliance with New York City’s trailblazing climate legislation,
The last two years have brought many changes to how we live and work – as well as how one should handle a Professional Liability case should it arise. Join us Thursday, April 7, 2022, as we explore and discuss the following questions:
- How can you recognize claims early and how can pre-litigation activities reduce claim exposure?
- What happens when a lawsuit is initiated and what are the mechanics of a lawsuit from start to finish?
This new year let’s look back to see what’s ahead! Join us Thursday, January 27, 2022, for this timely case study presentation focused on common legal issues faced by design professionals including:
- Statute of Limitations
- Duty to Defend
- Risk Exposure
- Contractual Provisions
- COVID-19 Impact
Intellectual property rights encourage innovation and benefit the community through leadership, research, and investments. New technologies and discoveries have impacted innovation and are changing the ways that we design and build our roads, bridges, and other structures. Now more than ever it’s important to protect your work in every capacity including down to something seemingly simple such as your copyright.
Join us for our November Roundtable on Thursday, November 18, 2021, as we discuss:
- Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act and other Copyright Laws
- Fair Use
- Ownership and Work for Hire
- How to Assert a Copyright
Two Donovan Hatem attorneys will be presenting at the upcoming ACEC National Conference to be held October 27-30, 2021 in Marco Island Florida.
Gwen Weisberg will present on Thursday, October 28 “Strategies for Effectively Defending and Resolving Claims Through Alternative Dispute Resolution” where she discusses the various elements of a successful negotiation, including how to prepare for and develop a strategy for negotiation and more.
Patricia Gary will present on Friday, October 29 “Climate Change and the Built Environment: Current Thinking for Engineers“,Read More
Join us for our October Roundtable on Thursday, October 21, 2021, as we focus on the top ten key contract provisions to assist design professionals to avoid and manage professional liability risks.
In this presentation, David will discuss:
- Recommended Contract Approaches Design Professionals Should Use;
- Key Contractual Provisions and Principles;
- Risk Management Through Contracts – Pitfalls to Avoid;
- How to Descend Risks to Subconsultants.
Join a team of our attorneys on Monday, September 13, 2021, for a live webinar on Laws for Massachusetts Architects.
Topic Discussions Include:
- Understanding the Law of Professional Liability
- The Architect’s Standard of Care
- Understanding the Law of Architectural Copyright
- Architects and Construction Liens
- Overview of Contract Law for Architects
- Complying with Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct
- Understanding Massachusetts Building Design Law
- Climate Change and Recent Developments in Massachusetts Law
List of Speakers:Read More
A notice of a design issue or design claim is a serious matter.
A serious matter merits, and requires, a serious response. When an issue or claim is asserted, a number of steps should be taken, and a thorough, meaningful investigation should be conducted.
Join us for our June Roundtable on Thursday, June 24, 2021 presentation as we will:
- Address the steps to be taken to evaluate an allegation that a design error or omission was made.