Event Architecture in a Time of Pandemic: Professional Practice Issues & COVID-19

April 9, 2020 - 2:00pm

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Zoom webinar


Two full-time construction lawyers address issues of concern to architects seeking to cope with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the construction industry.  Tune in to hear observations on the issues that are developing in the industry, and how to react to them in ways that can help secure better practice and project outcomes.

Whitney Knight 
Partner, Allensworth & Porter | swk@aaplaw.com
Whitney Knight focuses on strategically crafting and negotiating large-scale commercial construction contracts for owners and design professionals to mitigate risk at the beginning of a project, and to protect clients against costly disputes down the road. In addition to her contract work, Whitney also handles construction litigation, professional liability issues, and dispute resolution matters. She has represented owners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and subcontractors in litigation, risk management, and contract drafting and negotiation.

Matthew Ryan 
Partner, Allensworth & Porter | mcr@aaplaw.com
Matthew Ryan is an experienced construction lawyer dedicated to advocating for his clients, promoting legal scholarship, and serving the construction industry. Matt’s primary focus is on providing a clear path to daylight for clients facing disputes and other business challenges. He also regularly represents design professionals in disciplinary and registration proceedings, defends design professionals and contractors against claims, and helps clients build and maintain strong foundations for their businesses through disciplined and customized contract drafting and negotiation.

Matt serves on the American Arbitration Association’s panel of arbitrators for the construction industry, teaches Construction Law at the University of Texas School of Law, and served for eleven years as a member of the Board of Directors for the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, having been granted honorary membership by the chapter in 2012.

Firm Bio
Allensworth & Porter focuses exclusively on the practice of construction law. For 25 years, the firm has handled complex construction matters from preconstruction to closeout, from the first claim to the last appeal, and all manners of disputes in between for clients in virtually every sector of the commercial construction industry. For more information, visit aaplaw.com.


Course Learning Objectives

  1. Attendees will learn about anticipated sources of project distress for design professionals arising from developing circumstances in the construction industry;
  2. Attendees will emerge with a better understanding of the application of their contracts to the pandemic-related circumstances now confronting construction projects throughout Texas, with an eye toward promoting better project management, client service and support, and orderly design/construction team communications and working relationships;
  3. Attendees will obtain important insights as to promoting compliance with applicable governmental and industry practices in the COVID-19 era, including good health/safety/welfare practices—both within their own workplaces/teams, and at construction jobsites; and 
  4. Attendees will gain an understanding of key contract clauses to assist them in drafting and negotiating better, consistent, and enforceable contracts to allocate risk more effectively, in general, and as we emerge from the COVID-19 era.

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