News, Publications & Events

Mark J. Kenney spoke January 21 at AFSA’s San Francisco Conference, addressing litigation and regulatory compliance risks facing the industry.  Mr. Kenney conducted live monitoring and analysis of the oral arguments taking place on the in the Supreme Court in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.  The case is a fair lending/disparate impact… Read More

The California Court of Appeal just handed down an important decision for the design and construction industry:  State Ready Mix, Inc. v. Moffatt & Nichol.  The Court ruled that concrete supplier State Ready Mix, Inc. (State) was unable to pursue any claim for equitable indemnity or contribution against the civil engineer, Moffatt & Nichol (Moffatt). California Court of Appeal Holds… Read More

John Wiley & Sons - December 16, 2014 The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice (15th Ed.) by the American Institute of Architects has now been published.  Severson & Werson’s Construction Practice leader David Ericksen authored the chapter on Dispute Management and Resolution.  In drafting this chapter, Mr. Ericksen drew upon his more than twenty years of representing construction professionals in… Read More

On September 11, 2014, David Ericksen, Severson & Werson’s Construction Practice Group Leader, spoke to the AIA Large Firm Round Table in Madison, Wisconsin.  Flad & Associates, Inc. hosted the meeting of in-house counsel from the largest AIA Member firms.  Mr. Ericksen spoke on Design Professional Stamping & Stealing Practices & Standards, and the Standard of Care for Evolving Technology,… Read More

We Robot 2014 Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics - March 27, 2014 The article was accepted for publication by the We Robot 2014 Conference on Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Robotics, University of Miami School of Law, April 4 & 5, 2014.   The article can be found by clicking on the following link and clicking… Read More

The meeting was attended by over thirty leaders of national engineering companies, insurance companies, and insurance brokers as well as a number of attorneys representing the engineering community.  The meeting was led by Janice Marsters of Kennedy Jenks Hawaii office and Charles Kim of ACEC.  Severson & Werson was represented by the Firm's Construction Practice Leader David Ericksen. Read More

Jeane Struck recently successfully completed the three-day Litigation Management Institute course, earning the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (CLMP). Hosted at Columbia Law School in New York City, the Litigation Management Institute (LMI) is the first certification program specifically designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the business of litigation management and to bridge the gap between legal theory… Read More

This honor is reserved for women lawyers who have attained the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell ® rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, and who have been identified by their colleagues and members of the judiciary as preeminent in their field.  Less than 5% of women lawyers have achieved this rating. Read More

The California Court of Appeal handed down an important decision for the design and construction industry, Brisbane Lodging, L.P. v. Webcor Builders, Inc. (http://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A132555.PDF).  The Court ruled that sophisticated parties are able to negotiate a specific start to the 4-year statute of limitations for construction defect claims as opposed to being bound by the “delayed discovery rule,” whereby such a… Read More

The California Court of Appeal on December 13, 2012, issued an opinion which is harmful to design professionals performing services in this state, broadening their exposure to claims brought by third-party purchasers of properties which they design. Unless the case, Beacon Residential Community Association v. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP, et al. (“Beacon”), is overturned by the California Supreme Court,… Read More

Founded in 1972, the Academy is the nation's oldest lawyers' organization dedicated to appellate practice. Its members are California lawyers with substantial appellate experience, who are elected to membership after rigorous scrutiny of their skill in advocacy before the appellate courts. The Academy has over 100 members, all of whom have been in practice for at least 10 years, have served… Read More

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