Construction Law and Risk Management Resource Center

This website by J. Kent Holland, principal of ConstructionRisk, LLC, is published as a free construction risk management resource. The top menu bar includes drop down menus with numerous articles, papers, and continuing education materials.  The sidebar provides a Search box to research legal and risk management topics that have been discussed in our Report since 1999.  The Topics covered include professional liability, indemnification clauses, duty to defend, standard of care, warranties, construction defects, site safety, payment provisions, design-build, construction management (CM) contracts, litigation lessons learned, and much more.

Design Professional Contracts:  1 Minute Construction Risk Management Video Series

Kent Holland created this series of short videos to provide risk management and contract drafting tips for design professional contracts. Each video is one to two minutes in length.  At the conclusion of each video, the next one will start automatically.  Or you can jump to a different clause of your choice.


Insurance Carrier could not assert the Contractual Liability Exclusion to Deny Coverage for Breach of Contract Claim that arose out of Negligence

The contractual liability exclusion in a professional liability policy is often used by carriers to deny coverage for liability of the Insured design professional (DP) that arises out of the indemnification article of a contract.  For example, if the DP agrees to indemnify for damages arising out of all performance instead of limiting the indemnity to damages to the extent caused by its...

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A Demand Letter to an Insured Architect and Others was not Deemed to be “Claim” that had to be Reported to the Professional Insurance Carrier

Insurance carrier denied coverage under an insured’s professional liability policy because the carrier believed the design professional failed to timely file the claim when it first knew of it, based on a demand letter sent by the project owner to a number of different entities alleging problems with an HVAC system and water intrusion from the floor and roof.   The Architect explained that it...

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Parties Waived their Contractual Rights to Arbitrate

A contract between a homeowner and contractor set forth dispute resolution procedures calling for any dispute to be submitted to an Independent Decision Maker within twenty-one days of the occurrence of the event giving rise to the claim.  Receipt of an IDM decision was a condition precedent to mediation, and mediation was a condition precedent to arbitration.  The Owner, however, brought a...

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Indemnification – Negotiating a Reasonable Clause

Check out my 4 minute video showing how our firm redlines changes to an indemnification clause to allocate the risk more reasonably for the Indemintor. This is available on the Kent Holland YouTube Channel. This video addresses key risk allocation issues in a typical indemnification clause.  We show how we would recommend redlining to revise an uninsurable indemnity clause under a professional...

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