Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Allocation and Professional Liability Exposure in the Collaborative World of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery: Business as Usual or Fundamental Change?

Title:
Roles and Responsibilities, Risk Allocation and Professional Liability Exposure in the Collaborative World of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery: Business as Usual or Fundamental Change?

Date:
June 11, 2009

Description:
In recent years, Owners have been investigating and implementing new and innovative ways to reduce costs, improve productivity, and reduce conflict and adversity in the design and construction process. They are more frequently looking to new methods of delivering A/E/C services, such as IPD and new tools such as BIM. 

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Comparison of AIA Documents and ConsensusDOCS

Title:
Comparison of AIA Documents and ConsensusDOCS

Date:
May 21, 2009

Description:
Design professionals have traditionally favored the AIA form agreements, which first splashed onto the scene in 1888. Modified through the years, the AIA has produced many versions of contract documents that design professionals continue to utilize for a variety of reasons. In September 2007, a new document called the ConsensusDOCS was launched.Sue E. Yoakum, Esq., AIA and Justin Jagher, Esq., led this presentation on May 21st and explored the differences and similarities between the Owner-Architect Agreements for the AIA and the ConsensusDOCS.

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Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks for Engineers (New York)

Title:
Public-Private Partnerships: Opportunities and Risks for Engineers

Date:
May 14, 2009

Description:
David J. Hatem, PC led a discussion focusing on the risks for design professionals associated with the public-private approach. Public-Private Partnerships operate by definition, only in the Public Sector construction project context, and primarily utilizes the Design-Build Delivery Method. To date, Public-Private Partnerships have been legislatively authorized by 23 states. In October 2008, Governor Paterson established an eleven-member New York State Commission on State Asset Maximization to study potential Public-Private Partnerships for the State of New York.

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Public-Private Partnerships:Opportunities and Risks for Engineers

Title:
Public-Private Partnerships:Opportunities and Risks for Engineers

Date:
April 23, 2009

Description:
David J. Hatem, PC led a discussion focusing on the risks for design professionals associated with the public-private approach. Public-Private Partnerships operate by definition, only in the Public Sector construction project context, and primarily utilizes the Design-Build Delivery Method. To date, Public-Private Partnerships have been legislatively authorized by 23 states. Late last year, the Pioneer Institute issued a study addressing potential use of public-private partnerships in Massachusetts and on February 24,

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Global Design Practice: Risks and Liabilities

Title:
Global Design Practice: Risks and Liabilities

Date:
April 15, 2009

Description:
Last year and to date, there has been an increase in the number of design firms marketing and providing design services on projects outside of the United States. At our April 15th roundtable, we discussed risks and liabilities associated with providing design services outside the United States, how to manage these risks and liabilities, including standard form of agreements available for overseas work.Sue Yoakum,

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Risk Management Precautions for Design Professionals in Down and Uncertain Economic Times (New York)

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

Date:
March 26, 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. will lead this relevant roundtable presentation focusing on how to prevent and manage exposure in the midst of today’s economic challenges.

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Announcement: $25 Million Lawsuit Dismissed Against Architect

The law firm Donovan Hatem LLP represents the architect in the lawsuit, which was filed over 12 years after construction was completed.

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Donovan Hatem LLP Welcomes Two New Litigation Partners to Its Boston and New York Offices

Duncan G. Cameron and Thomas J. Schlesinger have joined the firm as partners in the Business Litigation and Professional Practices Groups

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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 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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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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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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“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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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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Statement Of Clarification On Recent Press Coverage

Over the last few weeks, two articles were posted on the web that presented a unilateral view on recent events surrounding our efforts toward resolution of lingering disputes related to the July departure of partners from Donovan Hatem.

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Donovan Hatem Announces Partner Promotions and Attorney Hires

Donovan Hatem LLP is pleased to announce the recent election of two Partners and the addition of twelve attorneys, further expanding and strengthening the firm’s risk management, litigation, and transactional capabilities.

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