Donovan Hatem LLP Congratulates Colin M. Black and Daniel C. Poteet

Donovan Hatem is pleased to announce that Colin M. Black and Daniel C. Poteet have been elected partners of the firm. Both will continue to practice out of the Boston Office.

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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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Donovan Hatem LLP Welcomes New Associates

Donovan Hatem is pleased to announce that Amy Miller, Esq., Amanda Mathieu, Esq., Daniel Lagosh Jr., Esq., and Gregory Paonessa, Esq. have joined the Associate group in the Boston office.

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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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Brian C. Newberry unanimously re-elected House Minority Leader

Donovan Hatem LLP is pleased to announce that Brian C. Newberry, a partner has been unanimously re-elected as a Minority Leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Newberry, representing District 48 in North Smithfield and Burrillville, was elected to lead the caucus for the 2015-2016 legislative session. He was first elected House Minority Leader in 2011 and has been serving the people of District 48 since 2008.

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Donovan Hatem LLP Welcomes New Associate in the New York office

Donovan Hatem LLP is pleased to announce that Michael P. Hess has joined the New York office as an Associate in the Professional Practices Group. Prior to joining Donovan Hatem, Mr. Hess was an Associate in a mid-sized law firm in New York handling all aspects of litigation from inception through trial. Notable representations include Pipia v. Turner Constr. Co., 114 A.D.3d 424 (1st Dept. 2014), and Lugo v. Purple & White Mkts., Inc., 104 A.D.3d 435 (1st Dept. 2013).

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2014 Massachusetts Super Lawyers

Donovan Hatem LLP, a multi-practice law firm, is pleased to announce that David J. Hatem, Esq., and Kenneth B. Walton, Esq., have been named Massachusetts Super Lawyers for 2014.

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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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November 6 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Please join us on November 6 as David Hatem, P.C. presents Varying Risk and Responsibility for Design Adequacy in Alternative Project Delivery Methods at the Boston Harbor Hotel. This program will address how risk and responsibility for design adequacy is impacted in the context of project delivery approaches, between project participants in direct contractual relationships and between design professionals and third parties with whom the design professional has no direct contractual relationship. Registration and continental breakfast is at 7:30 am in the Wharf Room, the presentation will begin at 8am.

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October 1 Roundtable at the Westin New York at Times Square

Is Perfection Possible? Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction.

Please join us on October 1 as Stephen Jones, Senior Director with McGraw Hill Construction and Sue Yoakum lead a discussion on Is Perfection Possible? McGraw Hill has been selected to study this issue, Phases 1 and 2 are complete and will be published this fall. Join us as we discuss and learn about the study results. Registration and continental breakfast begins at 9 am in the Palace Room of the Westin New York at Times Square.

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September 17 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

A Study of Two Lean Projects – What is Lean Project Delivery and why is this a Good Project Delivery Method?

Please join us on Wednesday, September 17 for a panel discussion on Terminal B Improvements Project (Massport) and the Chicopee Women’s Correctional Facility Project (DCAMM) covering the good, the interesting and the successful aspects of Lean Project Delivery.

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AIG Construction Symposium

David Hatem, Esq. will be presenting “Project-Specific Professional Liability Insurance and Alternative Project Delivery Methods: Risk Allocation Considerations and Functional Alignment” at the 2014 AIG Construction Industry Practice Group Symposium on September 10.

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June 18 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Standard of Care – Is it changing?

Eric Howard and Kristen Ragosta will lead a discussion on the Standard of Care. Standard of Care is an issue in every lawsuit or claim against an Architect or Engineer. This roundtable will discuss the recent developments surrounding this important topic. We look forward to seeing you at the Boston Harbor Hotel on June 18. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 am.

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May 8 Roundtable at the Boston Harbor Hotel

Alternative Project Delivery Methods: What is driving the interest, do they solve the perceived problems with Design-Bid-Build, and what are the risks and other issues for design professionals.

David Hatem will lead the discussion addressing the reasons motivating project owners to consider and select project delivery methods alternative to traditional Design-Bid-Build. We look forward to seeing you on May 8 at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Registration begins at 7:30.

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UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference

Eric Howard, Esq. and David J. Hatem, PC will be presenting “Being an Expert Witness” on May 1 from 1:30-2:45. This session will take alumni Tony Coviello and Eric Olsen through a mock expert witness case to demonstrate a deposition and trial. Eric and David will demonstrate mistakes expert witnesses make and how to avoid them.

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David J. Hatem PC will be the Program Moderator for the Alternative Delivery Methods – ACEC/MA Breakfast Program

On January 22, 2014 the ACEC/MA Program Committee and Private Sector Committee will present the Alternative Delivery Methods Breakfast Program Hosted by: CDM Smith. Program Moderator: David Hatem, Esq., Donovan Hatem LLP

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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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