September 2022 Roundtable – Design Assist, Design Delegation, Design-Build: What are the Differences?

Join us Tuesday, September 27th, when David Hatem will present the Roles, Responsibilities and Risk Allocation for Design Professionals in the context of various Project Delivery Approaches including a discussion of the increased utilization of collaborative approaches to Project Design, and issues associated with design delegation and design assist,  CM/GC and Progressive Design-Build.

Questions that will be addressed:

  • What are the essential differences between Design Delegation and Design-Assist?
  • Who has responsibility for design risk and design adequacy in Design-Assist?
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Patricia Gary to Speak at American Bar Association 2022 Fall Meeting, Forum on Construction Law

Patricia Gary will be a speaker at the American Bar Association 2022 Fall Meeting, Forum on Construction Law, to be held in Memphis, Tennessee on September 28-30, 2022.   The ABA Fall Meeting is titled, “Building the Next Generation: Learning From The Past.”  Patricia is presenting for Plenary 5, a panel that will address “Climate Change and its Impact on the Construction Industry: Building Codes, Design Standards, Professional Standards of Care, and Much More,”on Friday,

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Steve Willig to Speak at DBIA NE Friday Forum

Steve Willig, a partner in the firm, will be speaking at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) New England’s September Friday Forum via Zoom to be held on Friday, September 9, 2022.

His presentation, “Design-Build – Smart Ways to Maintain a Productive Designer-Contractor Relationship,” will discuss techniques to develop at the outset, as well as to maintain throughout the project, that help cement a good working relationship between designer and contractor — ways to make sure you keep the project moving and avoid road bumps.

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Design-Build University for Consulting Engineers

Join Donovan Hatem and ACEC/MA at Design-Build for Consulting Engineers

2 Sessions: July 14 + July 20: (Register for 1 or Both Sessions)7:30 AM: Registration, Hot Breakfast | 8 – 10:30 AM ProgramMHA Conference Center, 500 District Ave, Burlington, MA (with Zoom option)

Please contact for more information and the form to register

July 14:  Design/Build:  Professional Liability Risk For Consulting Engineers

•  David J. Hatem, PC,

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David Hatem to Present at 2022 ACEC Executive Forum

David Hatem will be a presenter at the ACEC Executive Forum to be held on June 14, 2022 in Toronto, CA.

David will discuss Design-Build and Public-Private Partnership Projects:  Professional Liability Risk and Professional Indemnity Insurance Implications.

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David Hatem to Speak at the 2022 North American Tunneling Conference

David Hatem will be a panelist at the Underground Construction Association’s 2022 North American Tunneling Conference to be held June 19 – 22, 2022 in Philadelphia, PA.

David’s topic, “The State of DRBs in the Tunnel Industry” will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 and explore Dispute Review Boards. In a joint effort between the UCA of SME and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (DRBF), the authors embarked on an informal assessment of the state of the DRB practice in the tunnel industry from the point of view of the Contractor,

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Patricia Gary to Moderate ACEC Panel on Climate Change and The Built Environment

Patricia Gary will moderate a panel of experts on Climate Change on June 14, 2022, at the Center for Architecture in NY.

“Book Talk: Climate Change and The Built Environment” will be presented by the ACEC and AIA and is free to all ACEC and AIA members. Click here to register

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Patricia Gary Leads 3 Part Online Series On Climate Change and the Built Environment

Beginning on June 7, 2022, Of Counsel, Patricia Gary, will lead a three-part online series focused on topics from ACEC’s new book – Climate Change and the Built Environment. Hear from experts on practical tools engineers need to know to design for a changing world.

Click here to learn more and to register for this premier learning series.

Designing for the Future

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Steve Willig to Speak at DBIA NE Friday Forum

Steve Willig, a partner in the firm, will be speaking at DBIA New England’s May Friday Forum via Zoom to be held on Friday, May 6, 2022.

His presentation, “Design-Build – What Are The Tells That Spell Trouble,” will explore what the “telltale” signs of trouble are on a design-build project and focus on the design perspective to inform all team members to recognize trouble spots and how to avoid them.

Registration is not required,

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May 2022 Roundtable – Climate Change and Design: Integrating Mitigation and Adaptation into your Practice

Infrastructure design is evolving in response to new net-zero laws and policies focused on resilience. On Thursday, May 19, 2022, Patricia B. Gary, Esq. will moderate a panel of two leading experts in the areas of mitigation and adaptation:

  • Molly Dee-Ramasamy, Head of Deep Carbon Reduction at Jaros, Baum & Bolles in New York City, will speak about her work with low-carbon design strategies and electrification technologies to achieve decarbonization, and compliance with New York City’s trailblazing climate legislation,
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April 2022 Roundtable: Trial or Arbitration of a Professional Liability Case

The last two years have brought many changes to how we live and work – as well as how one should handle a Professional Liability case should it arise. Join us Thursday, April 7, 2022,  as we explore and discuss the following questions:

  • How can you recognize claims early and how can pre-litigation activities reduce claim exposure?
  • What happens when a lawsuit is initiated and what are the mechanics of a lawsuit from start to finish?
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Patricia Gary to Present at the 2022 ACEC Annual Convention and Legislation Summit

Patricia Gary will chair a panel titled “Using Technology to Tackle the Climate Crisis: Harnessing the Synergies of Mitigation and Adaptation” at the 2022 ACEC National Conference to be held at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2022.

More details to follow. To learn more about the ACEC Annual Convention and Legislation Summit, click here.

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January Roundtable – What’s New: A Review of 2021 and Recent Cases Involving Design Professionals

This new year let’s look back to see what’s ahead!   Join us Thursday, January 27, 2022,  for this timely case study presentation focused on common legal issues faced by design professionals including:

  • Statute of Limitations
  • Duty to Defend
  • Indemnification
  • Risk Exposure
  • Contractual Provisions
  • COVID-19 Impact


Eric Howard, Partner, Donovan Hatem LLP

Stephen Willig,

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November 2021 Roundtable – Who Owns the Designs? Copyright Protection for Architects and Engineers

Intellectual property rights encourage innovation and benefit the community through leadership, research, and investments. New technologies and discoveries have impacted innovation and are changing the ways that we design and build our roads, bridges, and other structures. Now more than ever it’s important to protect your work in every capacity including down to something seemingly simple such as your copyright.  

Join us for our November Roundtable on Thursday, November 18, 2021, as we discuss:

  • Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act and other Copyright Laws
  • Fair Use
  • Ownership and Work for Hire
  • How to Assert a Copyright


Stephen F.

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Team of Donovan Hatem Attorneys to Present at the 2021 ACEC National Conference

Two Donovan Hatem attorneys will be presenting at the upcoming ACEC National Conference to be held October 27-30, 2021 in Marco Island Florida.

Gwen Weisberg will present on Thursday, October 28 “Strategies for Effectively Defending and Resolving Claims Through Alternative Dispute Resolution” where she discusses the various elements of a successful negotiation, including how to prepare for and develop a strategy for negotiation and more.

Patricia Gary will present on Friday, October 29 “Climate Change and the Built Environment: Current Thinking for Engineers“,

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October 2021 Roundtable – Top Ten Contractual Issues

Join us for our October Roundtable on Thursday, October 21, 2021, as we focus on the top ten key contract provisions to assist design professionals to avoid and manage professional liability risks.

In this presentation, David will discuss:

  • Recommended Contract Approaches Design Professionals Should Use;
  • Key Contractual Provisions and Principles;
  • Risk Management Through Contracts – Pitfalls to Avoid;
  • How to Descend Risks to Subconsultants.
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Team of Donovan Hatem Attorneys Lead Full Day Seminar on Law for Massachusetts Architects

Join a team of our attorneys on Monday, September 13, 2021, for a live webinar on Laws for Massachusetts Architects.

Topic Discussions Include:

  • Understanding the Law of Professional Liability
  • The Architect’s Standard of Care
  • Understanding the Law of Architectural Copyright
  • Architects and Construction Liens
  • Overview of Contract Law for Architects
  • Complying with Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Understanding Massachusetts Building Design Law
  • Climate Change and Recent Developments in Massachusetts Law

List of Speakers:

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Patricia Gary to Speak at the EBC Third Annual New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit

Patricia Gary will be a speaker at the Environmental Business Council New England’s Third Annual New England Climate Change and Resiliency Summit on Friday, July 23, 2021.

Trish will present at the morning session regarding the professional standard of care and climate liablity, including:

  • The impacts from climate change are already occurring, creating new design challenges.
  • Recent case studies illustrate that “reasonably foreseeable” future conditions are changing the legal standards for the design and construction of new infrastructure,
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June 2021 Roundtable – Claims Investigation, Documentation, and Dispute Resolution

A notice of a design issue or design claim is a serious matter.

A serious matter merits, and requires, a serious response. When an issue or claim is asserted, a number of steps should be taken, and a thorough, meaningful investigation should be conducted.

Join us for our June Roundtable on Thursday, June 24, 2021 presentation as we will:

  • Address the steps to be taken to evaluate an allegation that a design error or omission was made.
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Patricia Gary to lead the MassBar Association Climate Change Program

Patricia Gary is the Program Chair and speaker at the upcoming MassBar Association Climate Change program on Wednesday, June 2, 2021.

The program “Climate Change: Recent Developments in Massachusetts Law” is presented by the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Development and Construction Law Practice Group and will focus on recent developments in Massachusetts law relating to climate change.

This program is part one of a two-part series and will address:

  • The new and historic Massachusetts climate change law,
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