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Architects & Engineers: On-demand education


Join us and participants from hundreds of Design Firms across North America for our monthly Willis A&E webinars. These live webcasts focus on managing A&E professional liability risk and cover a wide range of important and emerging risk managements issues. We bring together our A&E carrier partners as well as leading legal and risk management experts from across the country as special guests on many of these programs.

Willis A&E is a National AIA Education Provider and all participants can earn up to 1.5 Continuing Education credits for each program. Below you will find a program description and registration link for all of our monthly Willis A&E webinars.

Submit your request for a Willis A&E On-Demand education program to: WillisAE@Willis.com

Willis A&E On-Demand Education Programs:

  1. 01

    Deal Makers and Deal Breakers

    Special Guest: David Erickson with the law firm of Severson & Werson

    This is a great program for anyone that negotiates contracts, is responsible for new business development – and/or interested in learning the critical issues every design firm must consider when it comes to negotiating fair and insurable agreements with their clients. This program includes an interactive discussion on contractual “deal makers” and “deal breakers” and certain “red-flag” words and phrases from both a legal and coverage perspective. We provide specific negotiation tips on how to come to a win-win solution of a balanced, fair – and insurable agreement with your Clients.

  2. 02

    CYA with CA

    Special Guest: Doug Palandech with the law firm of Foran Glennon

    This popular program will review the pitfalls and opportunities design firms face when it comes to construction administration. Effective documentation is key to effective CA as well as a firm grasp of the standard of care. This program will review important lessons all staff members that have any CA responsibilities should understand to mitigate their risk. We have an interactive discussion on critical issues and risk management advice on a wide range of CA issues including site visits duties and inherent risks, addressing non-compliant work, reduction and elimination of your role, rejection of work, scope creep, handling requests to terminate contractors as well reduced or terminated site visit responsibilities.

  3. 03

    Documentation and Communication

    Special Guest: Doug Palandech with the law firm of Foran Glennon

    Most claims against A&E firms are rooted in poor communications and documentation practices. Join us for an interactive discussion around this critical topic and often neglected area of risk management within the Design practice: effective communication and documentation. We review the challenges and specific exposures associated with poor communication and documentation within the design and construction practice. This program will offer practical measures your firm can take to establish and manage expectations – and implement effective documentations practices to reduce your risk to costly claims and client disputes.

  4. 04

    Lessons in Liability

    Special Guest: Jeff Coleman with The Coleman Law Firm

    This is an excellent primer for all levels of staff for any design firm as it reviews critical issues associated with the standard of care, communications, documentation, construction administration and managing client expectations. We identify current claim trends and practical measures firms can take to reduce their exposures. Discuss types of damages by category of project type and discipline. Provide an analysis of non-technical contributors to risk exposure for designers – including contracts, client selection, and team capabilities. This program also includes an in depth review of the standard of care, effective documentation practices (including what not to put in an email!) and the role of the design professional in construction administration.

  5. 05

    Managing COVID-19 A&E Risk

    Special Guest: David Erickson with the law firm of Severson & Werson

    As we enter the various “reopening” scenarios and the evolving “new normal,” design and construction professionals must find adaptive strategies to stay current in all phases of the design and construction process and service to clients and others. In that spirit of lessons learned and moving forward, this program will establish the foundational issues for strategic solutions and then provide guidance for five distinct phases of the design and construction process: design, coordination, permitting, construction administration, and project closeout.

  6. 06

    Managing Design-Build Risk

    Special Guest: David Hatem with the law firm of Donovan Hatem

    David Hatem will present on demand for another in depth discussion on managing evolving Design Build risk. David will review a claim scenario where the Constructor on a design-bid-build project asserts claims against the project owner for substantial additional costs and delays allegedly due to (a) design errors and omissions and (b) owner failure to pay for contract and extra work, and interference with the Constructors performance of the Work. From this claim scenario a number of important issues will be reviewed that impact not only resolution of the Constructor's claims against the Owner, but also the health and future of the Design Professionals' relationship with the Owner. The key to maintenance (and growth) of success in that relationship often depends upon how the Owner and Design Professional interact with each other in the resolution of those Constructor claims.

The information contained herein is not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice and should not be relied upon in lieu of consultation with your own legal advisors. In the event you would like more information regarding your insurance coverage, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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