Design professionals represent a unique risk in the professional liability world. There are inherent challenges to defending architects and engineers in litigation and, in particular, in construction defect litigation.

This 75-minute, in-depth session will compare and contrast the role of the design professional in construction projects with that of trade contractors. Expert panelists will discuss the differing standards of care and theories of liability asserted by construction plaintiffs. Learn the implications that the different insurance coverages have on construction defect litigation, in particular, and on construction risk, in general.Panelists have a broad range of experience in this complex area of law and will share information about:• The basis of tort liability for architects and engineers• Distinctions between claims of economic and non-economic damages• Different theories of liability against design professionals (design defect and/or negligent design intent)• Need for expert testimony to support claims against design professionals (affidavits of merit)• Different scopes of responsibility for architects and engineers• Examining the design professional’s errors and omissions insurance policy• Insuring agreements, eroding limits, policy exclusions, etc.• Risk transfer issues, including indemnification agreements.

Our Construction Defects Speakers are:

Stuart A. Panensky
Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP

Melanie Brown
Executive Claims Examiner

Tom Zawistowski
Assistant Vice President, Claims

Architects & Engineers
Lost In a Construction Defect World

Tue, May 19, 2015

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM EDT

CLE-eligible Webinar