1. Darren Barker discussed the Beacon v. Skidmore case at the Orange County Bar Association’s Construction Law Section Meeting on April 1, 2015 in Newport Beach. This case will continue to have major repercussions for design professionals working in California for years to come. In this segment, he stresses the importance of reporting construction defects to licensing boards before filing a lawsuit.

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  2. Darren Barker presented on “CA Supreme Court Decision Increases Litigation Exposure of Architects” at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Orange County chapter’s January meeting, held January 14, 2015. The presentation focused on how the California Supreme Court decision in “Beacon Residential v SOM” expands an architect’s duty of care to future residential property owners, where there is no contractual relationship. In this segment, he stresses the importance of writing down the details of construction conflicts soon after they occur in order to help build a strong case down road in the event that litigation ensues.

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  3. Darren Barker discusses the unanimous California Supreme Court decision to uphold the lower court’s ruling in Beacon v. Skidmore, which holds design professionals liable to third parties in construction negligence cases. He describes how the court arrived at this decision and notes that the ruling can be applied to both residential and commercial construction projects. Additionally, he addresses steps design professionals can take to protect themselves going forward.

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  4. Darren Barker explains the importance of Beacon v. Skidmore, which exposes design professionals to potential liability to third parties in negligence cases. This case allows home owners to hold design professionals (architects, engineers, surveyors, etc.) accountable for negligence in instances where the work was performed under an agreement with a general contractor. Currently, the case is under appeal with the California Supreme Court with a decision pending in 2014.

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  5. Darren Barker and Eric Rans discuss the importance of bringing on legal counsel when under investigation by the Contractors State Licensing Board, which has the power to issue citations, and suspend or revoke a contractor’s license. Compiling documentation, revisiting the property site to survey any changes in appearance, and remaining proactive with discovering hearing dates are just some of the ways Darren and Eric explain that attorneys can help build a case on behalf of contractors.

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Michelman & Robinson, LLP’s (M&R’s) Construction Department has extensive experience working with clients in all facets of construction-related issues.

We specialize in complex, highly visible projects for general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, construction managers, vendors, design professionals, homeowner’s associations, insurers and sureties. We are highly skilled negotiators who routinely secure bids and contracts with both private and public entities, and have litigated cases involving design defect allegations and damages, breach of contract and class actions. Our attorneys have spent decades servicing the construction industry as contracting firm owners and operators, and as legal consultants offering valuable insights on complex transactions and litigation matters., We always have our clients’ long-term business goals in mind.

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