San Francisco, CA

We are delighted to announce that partner Catherine Deter will represent Wood Smith Henning & Berman as part of an esteemed panel at the upcoming 2024 CLM Annual Conference set to take place in San Francisco, California on April 2-4th. The conference will be held at the Marriott Marquis.

Catherine will be presenting alongside esteemed colleagues: Athena Bozak of Riverstone Resources LLC, Brad Hart of Beazley, Donna Hunt of Ironshore Insurance Company, and Walter Nelson of Tokio Marine HCC. The presentation "New Frontiers: Emerging Issues in Defending Design Professionals" will examine the growing pressure design professionals experience in expediting project completion while also being obligated to stay on the cutting edge of technology as well as adhering to smart risk management policies. This panel will discuss trends in construction risk management, and best practices for design professionals moving forward in handling hot jurisdictions, evolving standards of car, and assessing the benefits and risks of incorporating AI into their industry.

"Participating in CLM's Annual Conference is always a positive experience, fostering a dynamic exchange of ideas among industry professionals," stated partner Catherine Deter. "As an attorney, I am honored to contribute to the dialogue and best practices as we navigate emerging issues that design professionals are encountering in an ever- evolving landscape."

Presentation Details:

Title: "New Frontiers: Emerging Issues in Defending Design Professionals"
Date: April 4, 2024
Time: 2:15-3:15 p.m.

About Catherine Deter

Catherine Deter is a highly accomplished trial lawyer and partner at WSHB’s Orange County office. With a wealth of experience in defense litigation, Catherine is known for her exceptional representation of national and regional construction, engineering, and architectural firms, as well as real estate professionals. Catherine's passion lies in protecting the rights of architects, engineers, and other design professionals. She prides herself on her ability to quickly resolve complex claims and favorably represent creative individuals. In addition, Catherine has successfully represented some of the country's largest builders and developers, showcasing her expertise in construction litigation. As a thought leader in errors and omissions (E&O) claims, design professional, and construction, Catherine is frequently invited to speak at national conferences and contribute as an author in renowned publications. Her insights and knowledge are highly sought after, making her a respected authority in the field.

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