Professional Liability Defense

Fill In The Blanks: AIA Documents Anticipate Customization For Your Project

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05/20/2019Sieg, J. Brandon

Various construction-industry organizations, such as the AIA, DBIA, and EJCDC, offer coordinated families of contract documents.  Because every project is unique, those documents anticipate customization by providing blank spaces in certain terms.  Using the AIA family of documents as an example, the very first page of B101-2017, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Architect,… Read more »

Richmond Attorneys Named 2019 Virginia Super Lawyers ‘Rising Stars’

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04/29/2019Moss, Ashley G.

Vandeventer Black is pleased to announce that three 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. This year, a new attorney was included on… Read more »

Deconstructing Damages in Architect or Engineer Malpractice Actions

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04/10/2019Walker, James W.

No design professional is perfect all the time. At some point, they make mistakes—specify the wrong materials, leave out a required element, overlook a code requirement, bust a calculation, among other things. Sometimes they catch and correct their mistakes before any harm occurs. Sometimes, though, mistakes in construction documents cause our clients to spend “extra”… Read more »

What are the key factors in client selection?

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04/01/2019Walker, James W.

Design professionals, like all professions (including lawyers), delight when the phone rings with a prospective new client on the line wanting to hire you for a new project. However, any lawyer who represents design professionals can tell you stories about projects that went south and ended up in litigation almost entirely because red flags at… 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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12/21/2018Selman, Andrew P.

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.

Authored by James W. Walker and Ashley G. Moss1 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… Read more »