IRMI Expert Commentary by Ken Slavens, Husch Blackwell

Kenneth A. Slavens, Esq. is a partner in the Saint Louis office of the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP. Mr. Slavens has been writing expert commentary for the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) for many years on the subject of Design Professional liability. His expert environmental commentary articles that are available at include:

Date Article
Mar 2017 New Owner’s Design Warranty in Missouri
May 2015 Attorney Fee Award Approved Based on Incorporated AAA Rules
Jan 2015 Who Can Opine on the Design Professional’s Standard of Care?
Feb 2013 Contractor Obligated To Care for Its Collaborative Partner, the Designer
Sep 2012 Calculating Damages Can Deflate a Design Liability Claim
May 2011 Illinois Supreme Court Rejects an Expert Witness’s Expanded Duty of Care
Jan 2011 Failing To Define the Standard of Care
May 2009 The 2007 AIA Document: Changes in Formal Dispute Resolution
Sep 2008 Design Professional’s Attention to Contract Clauses Can Pay Dividends
Sep 2007 Protection of Architectural Plans: Finding and Catching the Infringer
Sep 2006 Remote Relations and Legal Duties of Design Professionals
Mar 2006 Trying To Do the Right Thing: Self-Preservation by Good Faith Decision Making
Jul 2005 The Exception Is Swallowing the Rule: Negligent Misrepresentation and the Economic Loss Doctrine
Jun 2005 The “Bargained-for” Result: Torts, Contracts, and Statutes of Limitation
Jun 2004 Making the Most of Standard Indemnity Clauses
May 2003 The Ability to Disclaim Liability Resulting from Inspection Duties
Nov 2002 Design Disclaimers and Implied Warranties
Jul 2002 The Design Professional’s Statute of Repose: Stumbling Blocks to the Defense of Torts and Contractual Indemnity Claims
Dec 2001 Architects and “Design and Construct” Liability under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Sep 2001 You Just Stood There? The Design Professional’s Responsibility for Job Site Injuries
Jun 2001 Court Holds Design Professional Liable for Approving Payment Absent a Bond
Mar 2001 Negligent Misrepresentation: Chipping Away at the Design Professional’s Protection under the Economic Loss Doctrine
Dec 2000 What Is Subrogation … and Why Is My Contract Waiving It?
Sep 2000 AIA Standard Form Is an Acceptable “Allocation of Risk” between “Sophisticated Business Actors”
May 2000 The Design Professional’s Obligation of Good Faith