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Program Overview

This program will discuss the risks design professionals face in connection with construction projects involving closely adjoining or attached properties. It will be presented from both the legal and engineering perspective. In connection with the former perspective, the program will discuss basic theories of liability and how to defend against them and the pre-construction protections design professionals can legally take. In connection with the latter perspective, the program will discuss basic engineering solutions to common place problems and how design professionals can protect themselves from a professional angle prior to and during construction.

Who Should Attend

  • Lawyers who regularly represent design professionals.
  • Claims Managers who handle construction and architect and engineer claims.
  • Design professionals.
  • Lawyers who handle construction matters.

What You Will Learn

  • Theories of liability and defense.
  • Real world practical, professional solutions from an engineer’s perspective.
  • Pre-construction phase dos and don’ts.
  • Construction administration phase dos and don’ts.


Kriton A. PantelidisKriton A. Pantelidis is an associate of Welby, Brady & Greenblatt, LLP. His practice focuses on counseling clients regarding all issues of construction law. Mr. Pantelidis has experience representing every type of construction project participant (including architects, engineers, general contractors, construction managers, trade contractors, owners, developers, and materials suppliers) in complex litigation involving bodily injury, property damage, breach of contract, and commercial economic loss. In addition, Mr. Pantelidis drafts and negotiates various construction and design agreements and advises clients on myriad issues arising out of particular projects (both public and private) including but not limited to insurance coverage, payment disputes, scope of work changes, contract interpretation and modification, delays, payment and performance bonds, termination, liens, and intricate intellectual property concerns.

Benjamin M. CorneliusBenjamin M. Cornelius is a structural designer and forensic engineer who grew up with a passion for buildings and what makes them stand up—to people, the environment, and time. At The Pennsylvania State University, Ben studied architectural engineering with an emphasis on structural systems design and went on to join the firm of Leslie E. Robertson Associates (LERA) Consulting Structural Engineers in New York. After nearly two decades of designing structures for a range of projects—including the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the renovation and expansion of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in New York, and the supertall TransNational Place in Boston—Ben turned his full attention to investigating structural failures and assisting in the resolution of disputes on construction projects. For the past five years, he has led LERA’s Investigations and Expert Witness Practice and has conducted forensic investigations in North America, Europe, and Asia in disputes totaling more than $600 million.

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