Keeping Out of Trouble: What an Architect Should Know About the Law

The Architect's Business Blueprint — Part 2

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Does the threat of a lawsuit send chills down your spine? Next on the docket in The Architect’s Business Blueprint series, “recovering attorney” Richard Nikonovich-Kahn makes the case for avoiding common pitfalls and traps and minimizing risk in your architectural practice.

From terms like “assumption of risk” to “fiduciary duty,” this webinar sheds light on complex terms, intricate legal issues, and what lawyers mean went they claim (or deny) that you did something wrong.

Don’t let legal mumbo-jumbo hinder your success as an architect. Register now to gain invaluable insights to help you easily navigate the complex legal landscape.

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of basic legal terms often encountered by architects.
  • Understand the sources and nature of risk in the design and construction industry to avoid common mistakes that lead to disputes.
  • Understand the pitfalls of common terms like insure, ensure, warrant, and guarantee and how to respond to requests for them.
  • Gain an understanding of the architect’s responsibilities as related to the standard of care.

Date and time

Tuesday, June 13, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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About the Speaker

Richard Nikonovich-Kahn
Former Legal Counsel at Heery International, Inc.

Richard graduated from Dartmouth College (1978) and the Washington & Lee University School of Law (1982). He served for over 25 years as the General Counsel for Heery International, a nationwide architecture, engineering, and construction management firm.

In all of those years, Richard never encountered an architect who actually made a mistake, or at least confessed to one. He did, however, provide legal counsel to architects who were wrongfully alleged to have made mistakes and developed a series of seminars designed to keep such (wrongful) accusations from even being alleged in the first place.

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