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The Design Professional’s Guide to Avoiding Problems, Claims and Disputes
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Attorneys Mellissa T. Billig and Sean Scuderi of Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP team up with Kim S. Riter of William H. Connolly & Co. LLC to provide design professionals with practical tips to avoid conflict.  With years of experience representing clients in the construction industry and successfully mitigating risk for clients, Ingram & WHC will provide you with various techniques you can implement now to avoid issues that commonly arise during the course of a project.

This informative seminar will cover:

  • Risks That Face Professionals & Project Owners
  • Tools for Risk & Project Management
  • The Interplay of Contracts and Insurance Policies
  • Choosing the Right Team:  How to Effectively Use Your Lawyer & Insurance Broker
  • Playing Nice With the Neighbors

Meet the Speakers:

Melissa T. Billig is a Partner in the Construction & Design Group at Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti LLP.  Melissa has an active transactional and litigation practice with a specialization in design and construction law.  Melissa represents owners (commercial and residential), developers, architects, engineers, construction managers and contractors in connection with design and construction agreements, access and license agreements, claims and disputes arising out of breach of contract, professional errors and omissions, defective construction, adjacent construction issues, and property damage claims, and dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation.  Melissa also provides risk, project management and business counseling.

Sean Scuderi is an Associate in the Construction & Design Group at Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti LLP.  Primarily focused in litigation, he represents institutional and individual owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors and construction managers in various commercial, real estate and construction disputes, involving construction and design defects, delay claims, professional liability, breaches of contract, negligence, fraud, property damage, breaches of fiduciary duties, employment and labor law, mechanic’s liens and adjacent construction issues.

Kim S. Riter serves as a Senior Account Executive handling Architects & Engineers (A&E) accounts for William H. Connolly & Co., LLC.  Kim manages the unique insurance needs of design professionals and specialty consultants.  She has diverse expertise and depth of knowledge in professional liability, including but not limited to general, auto and umbrella liability, property, directors & officers, fiduciary, employment practices liability, and cyber liability.  She also provides technical advice on insurance, risk management and presents customized risk management sessions for clients.  In addition, Kim serves as Senior Vice President mentoring and training a staff of Account Executives, Representatives and Assistants in this specialization.