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November 4, 2021

A Willis A&E podcast series on risk management topics for architects and engineers

A Willis A&E podcast series focused on risk management for Architects and Engineers. Our host, Dan Buelow, Managing Director of Willis A&E, engages experts across the A&E spectrum on a wide range of critical topics and risk trends impacting design professionals across North America.

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Cyber Risk

Negotiating Contracts

ACEC National Podcast


Episode 5:Managing Cyber Liability Risk: Part I


We are now in the “hacker era” for cyber liability and design firms are a favorite target. In this episode Dan and guest Alex Ricardo, an expert in cyber liability from Beazley’s Cyber & Executive Risk Focus Group discuss this evolving risk and what A&E firms must be prepared for to mitigate their risk against a cyber attack.

Episode 5: Managing Cyber Liability Risk: Part I
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About our guest
Colleen Palmer
Alex Ricardo

Alex Ricardo serves Beazley’s Cyber & Executive Risk Focus Group with managing business development initiatives for the Beazley Breach Response Program. Alex is based in New York City and provides support and guidance to Beazley insured-base from both a Breach Preparedness and Breach Response prospective. Alex’s background in risk management as well as the software industry combined with his extensive knowledge of security threats and mitigation best practices assures his clients of a comprehensive problem-solving approach.


Episode 4:Negotiating Contracts: The Dreaded Indemnity Clause


In this fourth episode on negotiating contracts, we take a deep dive in discussing the dreaded indemnity clause and review what every design firm needs to watch out for – and negotiate - in order to avoid taking on unreasonable and uninsurable risks.

Episode 4: Negotiating Contracts: The Dreaded Indemnity Clause
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About our guest
Colleen Palmer
Colleen Palmer

Colleen Palmer is an A&E Risk Manager for Beazley, joining in 2007. Before joining Beazley, Colleen was a practicing attorney in Boston, MA where she focused on assisting architects and engineers. She specialized in providing risk management services to design professionals on a nationwide basis.


Episode 3:Negotiating Contracts: Dealbreakers


In this third episode of our four part series on negotiating contracts, we discuss seven specific “Deal Breakers” which are Client-drafted clauses that are so burdensome and onerous the design firm must insist it be deleted from any agreement, or substantially modified, to avoid assuming significant and possibly uninsurable risk.

Episode 3: Negotiating Contracts: Dealbreakers
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About our guest
Doug Palandech
Doug Palandech

Doug Palandech, a founding shareholder for Foran and Glennon concentrates his litigation practice on construction, design professional and legal liability, products liability, and first-party property cases. The contours of Illinois construction law have in large measure been shaped by the appellate decisions from the cases Doug has handled at the trial level.


Episode 2:Negotiating Contracts: Deal Makers


In this second podcast of our four part series on negotiating contracts, we discuss seven specific “Deal Makers” which are certain contract clauses that are so important to the protection of your firm that you want them included in each agreement you sign. If your client won't agree to these vital provisions, you may want to seriously consider whether to accept or decline the project.

Episode 2: Negotiating Contracts: Deal Makers
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About our guest
Doug Palandech
Doug Palandech

Doug Palandech, a founding shareholder for Foran and Glennon concentrates his litigation practice on construction, design professional and legal liability, products liability, and first-party property cases. The contours of Illinois construction law have in large measure been shaped by the appellate decisions from the cases Doug has handled at the trial level.


Episode 1:Negotiating Contracts: Critical Basics


In this first episode of our four part series on negotiating contracts, we discuss the critical basics of negotiating professional agreements and tips on using contract formation as an important vehicle to establishing client expectations and mitigating a design firm’s risk against costly claims and client disputes.

Episode 1: Negotiating Contracts: Critical Basics
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About our guest
Doug Palandech
Doug Palandech

Doug Palandech, a founding shareholder for Foran and Glennon concentrates his litigation practice on construction, design professional and legal liability, products liability, and first-party property cases. The contours of Illinois construction law have in large measure been shaped by the appellate decisions from the cases Doug has handled at the trial level.

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