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May, 2016 Luncheon

You are invited to the next
American Society of Civil Engineers
North Carolina Section
Eastern Branch

RSVP Deadline: 12:00pm (noon) on May 17th, 2016
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Speaker: Kathryn F. Taylor with K&L Gate

Date: Thursday, May 19, 2016

Topic: Building A Strong Foundation for Avoiding Catastrophic Losses

Time: Registration: 11:30AM - 12:00PM, Program: 12:00PM - 1:15PM 


This program will focus on the steps engineering businesses can take to avoid or limit losses arising out of professional activities. Specifically, the program will focus on three areas where engineering businesses can stop or limit losses before they start: (1) striking and managing good contracts that appropriately allocate risk to the owner and various design and construction contractors; (2) risk management processes; and (3) obtaining the benefit of the insurance coverage for which you've paid.

Topics covered will include:

  • Contractual provisions allocating risks for delay and the legal limits of liquidated damages for delay;
  • Contractual indemnity and limitation of liability provisions
  • How choice of forum impacts you more than you think it does
  • Professional liability implications of "scope creep"/ "mission creep"
  • The legal trend towards fiduciary duties for design professionals
  • Mistakes commonly made in obtaining insurance coverage for losses or suits

Kathryn F. Taylor represents clients in high-stakes litigation in State and Federal courts across the United States. Her broad experience includes litigating breach of contract, fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, professional negligence, class actions, consumer fraud, breach of warranty and reinsurance matters. Ms. Taylor has represented numerous Fortune 50 companies in complex cases, and has effectively managed all aspects of complex litigation, including electronic preservation and discovery issues, selection and preparation of technical and damages experts, consolidation and coordination of multiple lawsuits across jurisdictions, discovery, mediation and settlement conferences, and trial. She has extensive experience litigating IT outsourcing disputes, particularly on behalf of State and Local government contractors. Ms. Taylor also has extensive experience litigating issues relating to derivatives and over-the-counter commodities trading, reinsurance industry financials and private equity transactions. Her clients have included companies in the technology consulting industry, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas, private equity investors, major automotive manufacturers and reinsurance brokers and underwriters

Sponsor:  <Sponsorships available, please contact Dave Skurky>

Location:  This luncheon will be held at the beautiful NC State University Club at 4200 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27606.  You can contact the NC University Club at (919) 828-0308 if you need assistance locating their establishment.

$25 for ASCE Members
$30 for Non-ASCE Members
$10 for ASCE Life Members, Students, and Unemployed ASCE Members.

If you are paying at the door, please bring cash or a check made out to "ASCE NC Eastern Branch".

RSVP:  Our online system handles all registrations and payments using a credit card.  There are no additional fees, accounts, or passwords to remember.  Even if you don't want to pay online, please use the online system to register. The online system will also allow you to specify your meal preference (Omnivorian or Vegetarian). Upon arrival at the luncheon, just check-in and pay at the registration table using your name.

We understand your schedule may change and you might not be able to make it to the event. Cancellations with refunds can be honored up until 12:00pm (noon) two days prior to the event. If you are neither able to attend nor cancel in time, you may send a replacement. To help Professional Engineers in attendance acquire 15 Professional Development Hour (PDH) units per license renewal period in accordance with 21 NCAC 56.1703, we offer one PDH certificate after the presentation.

Earlier Event: April 15
April, 2016 Tour and Boxed Lunch
Later Event: June 16
June, 2016 Luncheon