William S. Thomas is a principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., in St. Louis, where he focuses his practice on handling matters involving the construction process, from up-front contract reviews, commercial litigation, professional liability defense and trial work. He has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, land surveyors and landscape architects in all phases of construction claims.
Recorded Webinar: Liability for ‘Delegated Design’ – Understanding and Avoiding Risks to Design Professionals
The recorded session of our online webinar presentation: Liability for ‘Delegated Design’ – Understanding and Avoiding Risks to Design Professionals is now available on demand. William Thomas, Principal at Pitzer Snodgrass, PC examined the legal underpinnings for delegated design liability, and how the industry has reacted through changes to form contract language, specifications and building codes to address the issue. We will also review several case authorities which show the practical application of the theories to common fact patterns. We examine and elucidate the guiding principles behind liability delegated design.
During this one-hour webinar, attendees will be exposed to the following objectives:
- Clearer understanding of potential risks and exposures in the design process;
- Appreciation of unexpected and unintended consequences of contract and specification language;
- Tools to identify and limit risk exposures through contract language;
- Mechanisms for improving communications with the construction team.
Recorded Webinar: Quality Management in the Architectural, Engineering and Consulting Business…What Clients Expect and How to Deliver It - In this webinar - Bob Rosain, PE, PMP of Bob Rosain & Associates will discuss QA/QC in the A/E/C industry today and how to build and implement a quality program for your firm that can provide an accepted standard of care. Participants in this course will explore: • Defining “Quality” and “Quality Programs” in the context of the AEC business and project delivery environment; • Why A/E/C firms need to develop and implement Quality Programs…the benefits of doing so and the risks of not doing so. • How to build and implement a Quality Program for your firm. • How to implement Continuous Quality Improvement in your firm.
RISK MANAGEMENT EVENTS
Design Duty in a Post-Beacon Residential World:
On July 3, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued the heavily-anticipated Beacon Residential decision which clarified and expanded design professionals’ non-contractual duties. Coincidentally, Severson’s Construction Group is in trial right now before the same Trial Judge who originally decided Beacon Residential in a case involving some similar questions of law. Please join Severson & Werson as they assess the significance (or not) of the Beacon Residential decision, and the corresponding tools and strategies for design professionals to manage their risk going forward. READ MORE
Presentation Slides: Liability for ‘Delegated Design’ - Understanding and Avoiding Risks to Design Professionals - by William S. Thomas, Pitzer Snodgrass, PC Download Article
eBook: “A Guide to Managing Engineering and Architectural Design Services Contracts – What Every Project Manager Needs to Know”
The book is a resource to design professionals as they manage their professional services contracts. Its more than fifty topics address the process from being selected, through the design process, and to preparation of record documents after construction. The book also contains twelve sample documents intended to improve effectiveness and efficiency during the design and construction process.
Article: Liability for ‘Delegated Design’ – Understanding and Avoiding Risks to Design Professionals - by William Thomas and Anthony Hafner, Pitzer Snodgrass, PC. Today’s construction projects are more complicated than in any other time in our history. While construction means and methods may have become more efficient, aided by technology and innovation, those same drivers have made building components and products more complex. Any project, from a new home to high rise office building, involves highly specialized components and systems which all require an incredible amount of technical knowledge and coordination. In this article Bill Thomas and Anthony Hafner provide extensive definitions, explanations of implications from standard industry form documents, analysis of the caselaw on this subject and more. Download Article
Article: What Design Professional Should Understand When Faced With a Claim Situation – by Ashley Hurd, Hall & Company Design professionals time and again find themselves faced with the situation of whether or not to report something to their professional liability carrier. Certainly, there is an abundance of risk management webinars, programs and articles, all discussing what steps to take for preventing a claim or incident from taking place, but this question being addressed here is what steps design professionals should take if they are challenged with a situation in which they’re certain a claim will come to fruition. Download Article
Article Understanding the Reservation of Rights Letter – by Ashley Hurd, Hall & Company You receive your mail and discover a letter from your professional liability insurance company. As you are about to file away the letter, you notice that the insurance company is advising you that there are allegations regarding a recently submitted claim that may potentially cause coverage problems. Your immediate concern is does this means you have no coverage for the claim. Download Article