Professional Liability Defense

Richmond Attorney Named 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’

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04/29/2019Moss, Ashley G.

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that one of its Richmond attorneys are among the 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. The Rising Star designation is awarded to top up-and-coming lawyers who are 40-years-old or younger, or who have been practicing for ten years or less: Ashley G. Moss, Professional Liability Defense Other awarding… Read more »

Bad Company Corrupts Good Licenses

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02/26/2019Moss, Ashley G.

Poor business associations can jeopardize contractors’ and design professionals’ licenses Virginia regulations set forth a long list of “dos and don’ts” for contractors and design professionals.   Most of the prohibitions concern the contractor’s or design professional’s own conduct.  For example, contractors may not practice contracting without a license; they may not provide services using expired… Read more »

Who Benefits From Your Design Or Consulting Services Contract?

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12/21/2018Vandeventer Black

In initially answering the question of who benefits from your design or consulting services contract, you might conclude that your contract benefits several parties. For example, a contractor “benefits” from the quality designs of the architect’s design consultant in performing its work even though it was not a party to the contract between the architect… Read more »

Top 7 Sources Of Uncertainty In Building Design And Construction

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12/07/2018Nicholos, George M.

Recently the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Dodge Data & Analytics and other allied construction industry parties conducted research to identify the top sources of uncertainty in design and construction along with best practices for managing associated risk. And the top (7) are: Owner-driven changes: Instances where the owner’s requirements were not clearly initially… Read more »

Reporting Claims or Potential Claims…

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11/17/2015Moss, Ashley G.

All professional liability insurance policies require the insured to report claims timely as a condition to coverage. This is especially important at the time for renewal of insurance coverage. When a policy is being renewed, the application will ask if the insured is aware of any claims or potential claims. Professionals often worry that notifying… Read more »

The Trouble with Certificates

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05/26/2015Palais, Douglas M.

Authored by attorney Douglas M. Palais Even though issuing certificates is an important part of the service that you provide to your customers, from an E & O standpoint, they must be handled with extreme care.  The following points are not comprehensive, but demonstrate a few of the specific risks and offer some tips to… Read more »

Make Sure You’re Covered: Report All Claims and Potential Claims

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03/19/2015Moss, Ashley G.

Authored by attorney Ashley Moss Professional liability insurance carriers require their insureds to report claims timely as a condition to coverage.  This is especially important at the time for renewal of insurance coverage, when the carrier will ask about knowledge of any claims or potential claims.  Professionals typically fear that notifying the insurer of a… Read more »

Are Cyber Attacks an Act of “War” within the Meaning of Liability Policies?

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03/03/2015Palais, Douglas M.

Authored by attorney Douglas M. Palais This question cannot be answered definitively at this time, but should be considered carefully by all insurance professionals. Typical CGL policies exclude acts of terrorism and acts of war. In the past, it was relatively easy to define “war” as hostile military actions by nation states. But today, hostile… Read more »