Architects & Engineers


Designing and building projects present many risks, from design flaws, construction errors and defective workmanship to negligence allegations, malpractice claims and personal injury lawsuits. Architects, engineers and other design professionals are among the many parties vulnerable to attack.

Representing design professionals, as well as their insurers, Segal McCambridge advises clients throughout all phases of a development project and at every stage of a dispute from pre-bid considerations, bidding, initial design, permitting and approvals through construction, delays, any accidents or injuries, project completion and post-completion issues. We help our clients navigate the risks they face in today’s competitive, litigious construction industry, represent them regarding all types of liability claims and offer pre-claim counsel and risk avoidance advice.

Comprehensive Seamless Service

Working collaboratively with lawyers from our construction, environmental, insurance and reinsurance, employment and real estate practices, we provide comprehensive seamless service, addressing the many and varied needs of our clients. With decades of experience, we understand the architecture and engineering practices, professional care and ethical standards, as well as the applicable laws, rules and regulations, and we are skilled at aggressively asserting and defending our clients’ interests in court, before regulatory bodies and at the negotiating table.

Segal McCambridge attorneys have advised on and litigated claims involving all types of commercial properties, industrial development projects, public and private facilities such as airports, hospitals, educational facilities, libraries, city halls and post offices, and residential properties, mixed-use projects, cooperatives and condominiums. 

Arguing cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts, we have handled individual causes of action and complex multi-party claims including any necessary appeals. Beyond the courtroom, our lawyers represent clients before professional boards and regulatory bodies, and resolve disputes through mediation, arbitration and negotiated settlement, avoiding costly litigation and reputational damage.

Among the many claims we have handled successfully are:

  • Bid protests and award disputes
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of warranty
  • Building code disputes
  • Change orders
  • Cost overruns
  • Design defects
  • Errors and omissions
  • Insurance coverage
  • Indemnity
  • Malpractice
  • Personal injury
  • Professional negligence
  • Property damage
  • Subjugation
  • Supervision and oversight challenges
  • Statutory violations
  • Structural failures
  • Violations of licensure rules

Litigation Avoidance and Risk Management

Working proactively with our clients, we identify potential areas of liability and devise risk management strategies to minimize their liability exposure. Our lawyers regularly advise on professional liability policies, coverage and claims issues, contract terms, associated risk-transfer clauses and indemnification. Additionally, we advise on industry rules, professional standards of care, ethical guidelines and offer assistance in establishing best practices to avoid future litigation.