Professional Liability

Architects, engineers, and other professionals who have spent years building their practices and reputations rely upon Wiedner & McAuliffe attorneys to defend them from a wide range of tort claims alleging financial or physical loss. As counsel to some of the nation’s largest property and casualty insurers, we provide crucial risk management advice and resolve liability claims through mediation, arbitration, and litigation. Our demonstrated skill at coverage interpretation and knowledge of the construction industry form the core of our practice, and we have used these strengths to counsel:

  • Residential and commercial architects
  • Civil engineers
  • Construction managers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Interior designers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Structural engineers

Our attorneys recognize that the process of designing and constructing a building is often characterized by a complex interplay among the architects, engineers, and other professionals who are involved in the effort. In such situations, litigation over an alleged negligent act or omission can easily involve several parties. We are skilled at identifying all pertinent facts and effectively defending our clients when they are suddenly faced with:

  • Warranty claims
  • Repair obligations
  • Construction negligence
  • Job site injuries
  • Materials failures
  • Design and construction defects
  • Structural damage
  • Cost overruns
  • Design copyright infringement

In our defense of architects and engineers, we make use of those strengths, which are particularly conductive to a favorable and cost-effective outcome. Chief among those is our efforts at preventing spoliation by preserving and analyzing all project documents, correspondence, and other original evidence so that we can identify where the real responsibility for problems lies. In addition, we apply our unrivaled experience in subrogation and damage recovery to the analysis and enforcement of everything from liability insurance policies to payment and performance bonds covering design defect claims.