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Berkley DP is pleased to offer a complimentary live webinar featuring David N. Garst. For more than 25 years, Mr. Garst has represented general and specialty contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, suppliers and building owners on a variety of construction projects, both locally and regionally.

Date and Time: Thursday, December 8, 2016 11:00 am 
                            Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00) 

Duration: 1 hour 15 Minutes 

This program is registered with the AIA:

1.5 AIA CES Learning Units
1.5 Professional Development Hours

Berkley DP policyholders can qualify for a 10% Risk Management Education premium credit.* 


Email has easily become the most prevalent means of communication used in the construction industry today, especially for design professionals. What would have been communicated in a formal letter, transmittal, or submittal in the “old days” is now frequently communicated in an informal, hastily written email. While email is a fast and effective communication tool, it is legally valid, permanent and discoverable— and the misuse or abuse of email carries significant risks in the event of a dispute. Few architects and engineers realize that a single, inarticulate email can destroy the defense of an otherwise very defensible claim, resulting in significant liability for the design firm. 

In this webinar, you'll:

  • Review the rules of civil procedure and electronic document production—and how email can be used against design professionals in the event of a claim or dispute
  • Understand the realities of email communication for design professionals and the common circumstances that can lead to damaging emails
  • Learn the importance of establishing and consistently following email communication policies
  • Discover email best practices on which all employees should be trained

David N. Garst, B.Arch., J.D.
Attorney at Law 
Lewis, Thomason, King, Krieg & Waldrop, P.C.
David N. Garst is a shareholder in the firm’s Nashville office. He is chair of the firm’s Construction Law Practice Group and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. Mr. Garst practices principally in construction law, focusing on architects and engineers professional liability, construction defect litigation, construction contract law, professional discipline, and commercial litigation. 

For more than 25 years, Mr. Garst has represented general and specialty contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, suppliers, and building owners on a variety of construction projects, both locally and regionally. He has substantial experience in the defense of design professionals, and has represented architects and engineers in hundreds of claims, lawsuits, arbitration matters, and disciplinary proceedings. He also has represented numerous general and specialty contractors on construction defect claims, payment disputes, liens, and disciplinary and licensing matters. 

Mr. Garst is active in many construction industry organizations. He writes and edits for the Tennessee Construction Law Journal and has participated as advocate or neutral in the arbitration of many disputes. 

Andrew D. Mendelson, FAIA
SVP & Chief Risk Management Officer
Berkley Design Professional Underwriters

Andy Mendelson is unique to the professional liability insurance industry because of his 35+ years as a licensed architect and firm principal, working as a designer, project manager, market leader, contracting officer, risk manager, CFO and Director of Practice Management for a large, national multi-disciplinary design firm. As an active member of AIA Documents Committee since 2003, he is an acknowledged industry leader in contracting and risk management. 

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