Architects & Engineers
In technical engineering concepts we have learned in the handling of product liability cases and aviation accident cases easily transfers to the concepts encountered in defending architects and engineers.
We have represented architects and engineers for multiple carriers in cases involving claims wherein architects and engineers have been alleged to have failed to meet the standard of care. Recently, in addition to the usual claims for malpractice including negligent design and incorrect structural calculations, we have defended architects who have expanded their practice into assisting their clients in obtaining development permits from local government entities. Those claims generally allege that the type of project that the architect assisted in obtaining permits was not the highest and best use for the land, and the developers claimed that, as a result, the architect is responsible for the difference in the profit that would have been obtained had the architect recommended a different plan for the project.
Recently, we settled a substantial case for a relatively nominal sum in which we defended a Canadian structural engineering company sued in federal court in Los Angeles by an industrial contractor arising from the retrofitting of a factory located in Southern California, which processes diatomaceous earth.
A number of our attorneys took engineering courses in college, and one was employed as an aeronautical engineer for 5 years before going to law school.