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Clark Hill Attorney Matthew T. Smith to Present at the Associated General Contractors of Michigan “Risk of Design Liability” Program on April 25, 2017

April 18, 2017

Lansing, MI – Clark Hill attorney Matthew T. Smith will present in a panel at the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Michigan “The Risk of Design Liability All Too Often Lurking in Projects and Specifications… And How to Manage The Risk” program on April 25, 2017, at EMU Livonia.

The program will begin with a review and summary of the contract terms and conditions that can saddle construction managers and even traditional design-bid-build contractors with liability for design defects. Quickly turning focus to the project plans and specifications, and mid-course corrections, that can also leave such companies liable for design errors or omissions. In-house lawyers and risk managers rarely have either the expertise or the time to review plans or specifications, and they cannot be there to advise the field every time a client “merely” asks for “a little help” in dealing with design omissions, or unforeseen site conditions.

Smith, along with panelists Roger Donley, Director of Risk Management of Barton Malow, and Jay Smith, Executive Vice President of The Christman Company, will identify and develop practical steps to reduce or avoid risk as well as the practices, protocols, and procedures that can help contractors.

The AGC of Michigan is a full service construction trade association providing services to Michigan's leading general contractors, construction managers, specialty contractors and related construction industry companies. A diverse group of Michigan's leading constructors and industry-related firms make the AGC of Michigan the organization of choice for those associated with the construction industry.

Smith is a Member of Clark Hill’s Construction Practice Group, and specializes in commercial and construction matters. He is experienced in bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, real estate, and civil litigation. Smith is among the 5% of Michigan attorneys selected for inclusion in Michigan Super Lawyers (2012-2015), an honor reserved for those lawyers who have shown excellence in practice.

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