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Risk Management Essentials: Part One, the Design Firm

Presented by:
Andrew D. Mendelson FAIA, Senior Vice President, Chief Risk Management Officer, Berkley Design Professional
Nancy Rigassio, Executive Claims Counsel, AXA XL
Michael Prifti, Principal, BLT Architects
Caitlin Sweeney

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT

Program Code: WE105
Las Vegas Convention Center
3150 Paradise Road

Class Credit

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned firm owner, managing risk effectively is a critical muscle to flex. It can mean the difference between your firm’s profitability and viability.

Join this session to acquire tips and tools to help mitigate the financial and legal risks of running a design firm. From quality control to dispute management, you’ll explore actionable strategies to implement in your daily practice.

The demands on architects are ever-evolving—as are the potential risks. Stay updated on the latest in cyber liability, when to engage consultants, and effectively dealing with payments and claims.


  • Learn about the key elements of risk management and how to identify and manage potential risks to achieve the safe and successful completion of a construction project.
  • Understand how to establish and document owner/project requirements, the design professionals’ scope(s) of project services, and the design team’s and other project participants’ deliverables.
  • Identify the benefits of professional liability insurance and other insurance coverage to protect owners and the public.
  • Explore effective dispute prevention, management and resolution strategies, as well as legal and ethical issues related to providing pro bono services.