Austin, TX

Catherine Deter, a partner at WSHB's Orange County office, is set to showcase her expertise in representing design professionals at the Annual CLM Construction Conference in Austin, Texas. The conference, known for its informative and engaging panels, will feature Deter as part of a discussion titled "A Roadmap for Design Professionals Navigating Liability and Damages in a Changing Economic Landscape." Deter will be joined by esteemed colleagues Walter Nelson from Tokio Marine, Lara Taibi from Hub International, and Cary Smith from Nationwide.  

The panel aims to shed light on the challenges faced by professionals in various industries, including architects and engineers, in the midst of a changing economic landscape. Deter and her fellow panelists will delve into market trends during recessions and the increasing frequency of litigation. The discussion will provide design professionals with practical advice and insights to navigate these challenges and minimize the risk of litigation. Participants will strategize on ways to shift plaintiffs' focus away from design and towards workmanship, as well as explore strategies for design professionals to protect themselves from potential litigation by staying up to date with industry standards and regulations.

“I’m really excited about this particular presentation, and it is timely given the economic issues design professionals have borne witness too with the staggering increase in inflation, supply chain challenges, and current environment of raising interest rates,” said Deter.

With a wealth of experience representing national and regional construction, engineering, and architectural firms, Catherine Deter is well-equipped to provide valuable insights during the panel. Her expertise lies in protecting creative individuals and favorably resolving claims for architects, engineers, and other design professionals. Deter has also represented some of the world's largest builders and developers, adding to her comprehensive understanding of the construction industry. Additionally, she is well-versed in construction litigation, pre-claim assistance, and risk management, having represented general contractors and numerous construction sub-trades. Deter's unique practice allows her to effectively evaluate and resolve claims, ensuring a speedy resolution for her clients.

Commenting on her participation in the panel, Deter stated, "I am thrilled to be part of this discussion focused on design professionals at the CLM Construction Conference. The changing economic landscape presents unique challenges for architects and engineers, and it is crucial for them to stay informed and proactive to minimize the risk of litigation. In fact, risk management is top of mind and an issue that is always discussed when meeting with our design professionals of late. This topic is truly cutting edge.”

About WSHB:

WSHB is an AmLaw 150 law firm with offices throughout the United States. The firm is nationally recognized for its work in construction, environmental, business litigation, transportation, intellectual property, and employment issues. With a team of highly skilled attorneys and a commitment to delivering exceptional client service, WSHB is dedicated to achieving successful outcomes for its clients.

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