Who’s the Designer? Recognizing and Mitigating Design Risk in Construction Contracts

The Spearin doctrine is a well-established, long-standing foundation of the construction industry holding that an owner impliedly warrants the information, plans and specifications it provides to a general contractor.  This bedrock, however, can be eroded shifting design liability to often unsuspecting contractors and their sureties.  In this program, Mike Zisa and Levi Barrett from Peckar & Abramson will discuss how risks can be shifted and ways to protect contractors from inappropriately or unwittingly assuming design liability.  

Levi W. Barrett


Partner, Peckar & Abramson

Levi Barrett is a partner in the New York office of Peckar & Abramson, P.C. and Chair of the firm’s Contracts, Project Documentation and Risk Management practice.  He focuses his practice on construction law and counsels clients on all aspects of public and private construction contracts.  Levi works with general contractors, construction managers, owners and developers to structure and negotiate contract documents for sophisticated projects throughout the United States.  He is heavily involved with the Associated General Contractors of America, serving a three-year term on that organization’s National Construction Leadership Council Steering Committee.  Levi is a frequent speaker and author on contract negotiations, emerging project delivery methods, design-build, and delegated design.

Michael Zisa

Co-Managing Partner

Peckar & Abramson, P.C.

Michael C. Zisa is the co-managing partner of Peckar & Abramson’s Washington, D.C. office where he focuses his practice on construction, surety and government contracts law and chairs the Firm’s Surety practice group.  For over twenty years, Mike has assisted contractors and sureties in all aspects of their business – from contract review and negotiation to contract administration and claim development and prosecution to litigation in federal and state as well as various contract appeals boards and alternative dispute resolution forums. Mike regularly speaks and writes on construction and surety issues and is recognized by ChambersUSA, Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers in the areas of construction, surety, government contracts and litigation.

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Virtual Seminar Recording
09/15/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/16/2021
09/15/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/16/2021
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