LA.IDEA: Managing Risk: What You Need to Know

  • Date

    Wednesday, October 27 2021

  • Time

    6:30pm - 8:00pm

  • Location


A successful risk management plan starts with awareness. In this webinar, Robert F. Hermann, author of “Law for Architects: What you Need to Know,” reviews the critical issues that a design professional encounters when drafting and negotiating owner architect and architect consultant agreements. What are the critical contract terms for your agreement? What questions should I be asking? Integrating risk management into your day-to-day activities can significantly contribute to a firm’s success and profitability.

Presented by:

Robert F. Herrmann,

Principal at NYC Offit Kurman firm and P.A. and Chair of Offit Kurman NY Construction Law Practice

Robert F. Herrmann is a Principal in the New York City law firm Offit Kurman, P.A. and is Chair of the firm’s New York Construction Law Practice. He represents design professionals, and other construction-related firms and privately held businesses. He acts as general counsel to a number of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, owners, developers, and contractors, advising them on general business matters and representing them in litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Bob is a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School. He is a member of the Professional Practice Committee of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter. He serves on the American Arbitration Association and New York Supreme Court panels of construction mediators. Bob is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation where he teaches an Advanced Professional Practice class. Bob has also been a guest speaker in professional practice classes at the University of Pennsylvania, City College, Pratt Institute, the New York Institute of Technology and Parsons. He has also led numerous seminars for design professionals on a variety of topics.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize risk management tools and dispute resolution strategies to mitigate legal and ethical issues related to design and construction services provided by the architect.
  • Identify the legal challenges of practicing architecture today, including potential risks, ethical issues, and the architect’s liabilities in design, contract, and construction disputes.
  • Apply effective negotiation, communication, and risk management strategies to help manage project risk and positively impact health, safety, and community welfare.
  • Understand the kinds of disputes that affect architectural practice and apply the “lessons learned” to daily activities in a firm.