Author: Kent Holland
Over 300 pages of commentary on risk management and contracts. Written by attorney, J. Kent Holland, based upon his knowledge and experience from over 20 years working with design professional contracts, risk management and insurance.
This is a practical guide to help design professionals and those who work with design professionals to better understand and manage risks and liabilities potentially arising out of contracts, communication, and documentation. Much attention is given to explaining how contract language may affect the availability of insurance coverage for claims against design professionals. Several chapters address managing communication and documentation, with particular emphasis on e-mail, and records maintenance, retention, and destruction. Over 30 clauses that may be of particular concern for risk management and insurability of risks are discussed. For each of these clauses, one or more key issues is considered. Extensive examples and commentary are offered on various provisions of the AIA and EJCDC forms.
In addition to discussing example contract clauses, we have included a discussion of risk management of communication and documentation. As you will see from the litigation examples referenced, many claims against design professionals could be avoided or mitigated through better communication and documentation. This is such an important issue that entire seminars are devoted to it.
WHO SHOULD GET IT? (1) Attorneys and insurance brokers that advise design professionals on their contracts and the insurability of contract language; (2) design professionals who desire to have more information and reasoning to use during their contract negotiations with project owners; (3) project owners who desire to understand what and why design professionals are seeking certain language in their contracts and rejecting language proposed by owners. They will also benefit from learning what professional liability insurance can and cannot cover in the way of claims against design professionals. (4) Educators will find this book a useful tool to teaching practical application of the concepts of risk management. The book can easily be used as course book and even provides continuing education quizzes for three distinct continuing education courses based upon reading various chapters of the book.