Friday, February 12, 2010

Construction Administration Liability Risk Avoidance

Learn the the steps necessary for design professionals to minimize the potential for professional liability claims related to their construction administration services (if required by contract). Topics will include contract formation language as well as issues that arise as the project progresses toward completion. Additionally, topics regarding general legal processes whether it be alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation and/or what happens in standard court lawsuits will be discussed.

As a litigation partner with the professional liability and construction practice groups at the law firm of ARCHER NORRIS in Walnut Creek, Will William Coggshall, Esq., specializes in the representation of architects and engineers in complex commercial litigation. Will is sought after by design professionals and their insurers who tout his work ethic and dedication to the protection of their professional practice. His knowledge and skills have been much appreciated by clients and respected by opposing counsel. Will’s current litigation focus is defending design professionals involved in litigation, whether binding arbitration or trial. This current specialty is aided by his many years representing general contractors, subcontractors and materials suppliers in contract and construction defect disputes. In addition to defending lawsuits, Will has been successful and is often requested to represent clients asserting affirmative claims such as unpaid contractual fee claims and lost business profit claims. Litigation is an expensive proposition and Will’s practice representing design professionals and other businesses also includes advising clients regarding litigation/claims avoidance, contract negotiation, contract interpretation and review.

Learning objectives for this program include:

1. Identify contract language that minimizes potential liability claims for architect regarding construction administration services (“CA”).

2. Understanding of scenarios/examples of CA liability claims.

3. Identify when CA action is required and what to do about it.

4. Gain general understanding of the litigation process and what good contract formation practices can do to minimize the potential liability exposure.


Lunchtime Learning Pleasanton: Construction Administration Liability Risk Avoidance

William L. Coggshall, Esq., a lawyer specializing in the representation of architects and engineers will discuss the steps that design professionals should take to minimize the potential for professional liability claims related to their construction administration services.

Time: Noon - 1:30pm

Location: Dahlin Group, 5865 Owens Dr., Pleasanton

Contact: 510/464-3600

Cost: None; this program is open to all. Please RSVP.

1.5 CES LU

For more information: 510/464-3600

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