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    Agendas for 2019 Meetings

    Policyholders and brokers can see the cutting-edge topics that will be discussed at this year's meetings:

    The Annual Large Firm Conference

    Schinnerer hosts the Annual Large Firm Conference. Select large firm insureds are invited to participate in discussions on those pressing issues facing the design and construction industry.

    Our 2nd Annual Large Firm Conference took place on May 23, in conjunction with our Invited Attorneys meeting. You can now download all of the speaker presentations .

    The Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys

    For 57 years, Schinnerer has provided defense attorneys with an annual conference to discuss both legal and professional practice developments.

    The 2019 meeting will take place from May 23-24 in Denver. Presentations from speakers will be available the week of the meeting.

    Papers and presentations from the 57th meeting (2018) can be downloaded below.

    57th AMIA Papers 

    Case Law Update: What Design Professionals and Their Counsel Need to Know

    Fluctuating Standard of Care: Impact of Industry Advancements on Risk Exposure

    Designing a Successful Litigation Strategy: How a Team-First Approach Led to a Successful Outcome in Hensel Phelps v. Cooper Carry

    Helping the Owner and DOJ Find Reality in an FHA/ADA Case: Or, Helping the DOJ Find Humor in Their Arguments That Ignore the Law and Facts

    Is There a Doctrine in the House?

    The Economic Loss Doctrine: A  State-By-State Analysis

    A&E Certificates and Affidavits: Managing the Risk in a No-Win Scenario

    Are there Legal Risks to Adopting or Not Adopting BIM?

    You can also download the entire Proceedings from this year's meeting . Papers from last year's meeting (56th) are also available. You can also explore the AMIA archives for other topics.

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    The papers and presentations from the Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys are the copyrighted material of Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc., and the individual authors. No republication or redistribution of this material is allowed without the written approval of Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc. Such requests can be sent to .

    The information presented above is for information purposes only, and Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, Inc., makes no representations as to the accuracy, completeness or relevance of this information. Under no circumstances should the information contained herein be construed to provide legal advice or to establish a determination on an issue of coverage.

    Policyholders and attendees of the Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys have a non-exclusive, revocable license to reproduce this information for in-firm and client educational purposes.

    Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys

    Learn from Industry Experts

    Learn from your colleagues and peers in the field at our Annual Large Firm Conference.

    Annual Large Firm Conference

    Speaking Engagements

    2019 ACEC Annual Convention
    May 5-8, Washington, DC

    • We're Under Cyber Attack...Now What?!?
      With the increasing frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks on large and small businesses, especially ransomware attacks, design and construction firms can no longer assume they're immune from this mounting problem. Learn how firms can assess and quantify their cyber risk, best practices for mitigating/managing cyber risk, and options that insure the risk.   

      When: Tuesday, May 7, 1:45 - 3:00 pm
      Speakers: Jill Tellez, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.; Dan Larson, American Engineering Testing, Inc.; Chuck Craycraft, H.W. Lochner, Inc.; Jeff Boogay, Mullen Coughlin LLC

    AIA Conference on Architecture 2019
    June 6-8, Las Vegas, NV

    • Ownership Transition: Developing Future Firm Leadership (B-School) (TH203)
      Becoming a firm owner-or leaving that role-involves a range of steps and decisions whose consequences will impact you professionally and personally. Industry experts will share their experiences, address questions, offer sound risk management practices, and share a road map to help you identify the best way forward for your particular goals.

      When: Thursday, June 6, 9:30 - 11:00 am
      Speakers: Kevin Collins, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.; Edward Hord, Hord Coplan Macht, Inc.; George Christodoulo, Lawson & Weitzen, LLP; and Travis Kreidler, Desmone Architects
    • Structuring Success: How to Start & Run Your Own Firm (B-School) (FR 207)

      This session examines the issues involved in getting started and in staying solvent. In addition to our discussion on the most pressing issues involved in getting started, structuring a firm to minimize financial risk, and building a firm for long-term success, the conference site includes valuable management resources to assist architects in negotiating contracts, managing their exposures, and measuring the financial success of their own practices.

      When: Friday, June 7, 9:30 - 11:00 am
      Speakers: Kevin Collins, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.; Brad Benjamin, Radium Architecture; Amy Slattery, Odimo Architecture, Design, Consulting; and Frank Musica, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.

    • Virtual Architectural Practice: Alternate Realities for the Emerging Gig Economy (SA205)

      Don't miss this chance to explore the benefits, risks, and requirements of an entirely virtual practice to help determine what it may mean for you. From soup to nuts, you'll acquire a deeper understanding of legal and insurance requirements, licensing differences, and how to implement cloud server technology and the like.

      When: Saturday, June 8, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
      Speakers: Kevin Collins, Victor O. Schinnerer & Co.; Lira Luis, ALLL/ Leapfrog Project; Peter Macrae, Macrae ARCHitecture, LLC; and Charles Heuer, The Heuer Law Group

    Since we first started working with the AIA and NSPE in 1956, Schinnerer has been committed to helping the design and construction industry. Our risk managers and underwriters are involved in many ways within the industry.


      Yvonne Castillo serves on the ACEC Risk Management Committee. 


      Frank Musica serves on the AIA Contract Documents Committee and is a regular speaker at AIA events. We also work with the AIA Trust .

      Other Commitments

      Yvonne also serves as Vice Chair of the ABA EISR (Energy, Infrastructure, Siting and Reliability) Committee.

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      ACEC 2019 Annual Convention

      Your Schinnerer underwriters and will be on hand at the ACEC Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. May 5-8. See you there!

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