Architect And Engineer Defense And Disciplinary Proceedings
Design professionals are subject to claims made against them in courts and before their licensing boards. A professional’s license is important — don’t risk suspension or revocation of that license by responding to complaints without legal counsel. Regardless of how trivial a complaint or claim may seem, the best way to prevent a bad outcome is to seek legal assistance at the earliest stage of the process.
Our construction attorneys are experienced in guiding architects and engineers facing complaints, from responding to those before the Board of Architectural Examiners or the Board of Professional Engineers to taking the claims before the State Office of Administrative Hearings for final resolution.
Your professional liability insurance policy protects you from the costs that are associated with the defense of claims and lawsuits. Almost all professional liability policies are wasting policies — the cost of defending a claim against you reduces the amount of coverage that is available to pay a claim.
The firm’s construction lawyers have years of experience in working with insurance companies to provide you with the defense you need to protect your and your company’s assets and reputation. While all insurance companies have lists they work from to assign cases for defense, many will honor your selection of counsel, particularly if you ask for attorneys with the kind of experience in construction defect litigation and insurance defense like those at Mills Shirley.
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Our attorneys were trial and appellate counsel in two of the most recent rulings involving architectural duties. Contact us for help with proceedings before your board or with filed or threatened litigation.
- Black & Vernooy Architects v. Smith
On March 24, 2013, the Texas Supreme Court denied the Petitioner’s Motion for Rehearing in this case, which makes final the decision of the Austin Court of Appeals — Black & Vernooy Architects v. Smith, 346 S.W.3d 877 (Tex. App. — Austin 2011, pet. denied).
- Dukes v. Philip Johnson / Alan Ritchie Architects, P.C.
A consulting architect is not responsible for drowning death at Fort Worth Water Gardens; Dukes v. Phillip Johnson/Alan Ritchie Arch., P.C.,252 S.W.3d 586 (Tex. App. — Fort Worth 2008, pet. denied).