Evolution of the Standard of Care Due to Climate Change

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By Andrew D. Mendelson and Dion N. Cominos | Sunday, January 3, 2021

Legal and practice standards for design and construction professionals are evolving due to climate change. While the cause of climate change is an oft-debated topic, the fact of it is largely undeniable. The earth’s global surface temperature and water levels are rising, while severe storms and climatic events have increased dramatically across the United States and not just in coastal areas.

Consequently, the standards of care and legal requirements applicable to design professionals, contractors and others involved in construction will need to be taken into consideration as part of the overall construction process.


Willis A&E 2020 Virtual Risk Management Symposium

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COVID-19: Professional Liability Risks and Insurance Issues

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA, Chief Risk Management Officer, Senior Vice President, Berkley Design Professional
Mark Blankenship, CPCU, AIC, LEED, AP, Assistant Vice President, Liberty International Underwriters
Lou Gale, Esq., General Counsel, SCB

David Hatem, Esq., Founding Partner, Donovan Hatem LLP

Wednesday, November 11, 2020
2:00 – 2:55 PM Central


2020 CLM Construction Claims Conference

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Session 1 – National – Weathering the Storm: Evolving Legal Standards in the Era of Climate Change

Dion Cominos, Gordon & Rees LLP
Gale Dwyer, Allied World Assurance Company, Ltd.
Traci Gill, State Farm
Andrew Mendelson, Berkley Alliance Managers

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
11:00 AM CDT