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Clark Hill Attorney Douglas Folk to Present “Limiting The Unintended Duty to Defend: An Analysis of State Law” at Victor O. Schinnerer, Inc. 56th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 2017

May 26, 2017

PHOENIX, AZ – Clark Hill attorney Douglas Folk will present a paper co-written with Clark Hill attorney Christopher Brubaker on “Limiting The Unintended Duty to Defend: An Analysis of State Law” to the 56th Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys conducted by Victor O. Schinnerer, Inc. on May 26, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.

In contracts for the services of architects, engineers, and other design professionals, indemnity obligations are a significant source of litigation and financial loss that is difficult to insure. Folk, who advises design professionals in legal and risk management matters, will discuss the legal and business risks of implied defense obligations in contractual indemnities. Folk and Brubaker described in their paper trends in court cases and statutory law limiting indemnities from across the United States.

Folk’s presentation included practical advice for negotiating contracts for professional services and recommendations for legislation that can protect design professionals from unfair indemnities. In his government affairs work, Folk wrote Arizona’s indemnity reform statute for public works contractors and design professionals.

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