Blogger Archives: Dan Buelow

Dan Buelow

Dan Buelow is the Managing Director of Willis’ Architects & Engineers practice, based in Chicago, where he and his team provide tailored risk management services for more than 500 clients. Dan is an affiliated member of the AIA and ACEC and past board member of the Association of Licensed Architects (ALA). Dan has been recognized with the prestigious “Power Broker of The Year” Award by Risk and Insurance Magazine.

Do design professionals have a fiduciary relationship with their clients?

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The question of whether a design professional is a fiduciary to their clients has been tested over the years. A recent movement has raised this question again that, if successful, would have broad legal implications for licensed design professionals. It’s … Continue reading →

M&A and prior acts: Considerations for the design firm

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There are many reasons a design firm may decide to buy, sell or merge its practice with another firm; however, there are only a few available options when it comes to addressing the prior act exposures of the firm being … Continue reading →

Managing design-build risk

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As an underwriter and a broker specializing in Architects and Engineers (A&E) professional liability (PL) insurance over the last twenty years, I’ve seen design-build (DB) projects succeed and I’ve seen them fail miserably. Most would agree that everyone loses when … Continue reading →

Architect and Engineers and the standard of care

True or False? The standard of care of a design professional is perfection. When we ask this question to a room full of architects and engineers they typically chuckle and get this one right. The answer of course is “No” … Continue reading →

Is your design firm protected from cyber-risks?

Cyber-risk is evolving fast, and the architect and engineer (A&E) community should be monitoring the developments closely.  Arguably, design firms take on considerably less cyber-related risk than large retailers and financial institutions, which continue to  face huge and costly data … Continue reading →

Increasing professional liability limits in single architect & engineering projects

What are the options available to a design firm and owner when it comes to increasing PL limits and insuring single projects? Continue reading →

Architect & Engineer’s Professional Liability Insurance Limits


A design firm’s professional liability (PL) risks are by far its greatest exposure – and its architects and engineer’s PL practice policy is by far its most important insurance coverage. While there is no hard-and-fast rule as to how much … Continue reading →

Should Architects & Engineers Agree to the “Defend” Obligation?

Anyone who has been tasked with negotiating an owner-drafted agreement has been faced with the obligatory defend obligation within the indemnity provision of the contract. And, anyone who knows better will always ask that this wording be struck from the … Continue reading →

See Dick Build, Watch Jane Sue: Go/No-Go Project Evaluation for Architects

Without a formal process of evaluating whether or not it makes good business sense to take on a given client and project, a design firm’s risks of having a claim increases significantly. Continue reading →

Our Scariest Architectural Risk – being over and above the standard of care

Scariest risks 2014

An architect and engineer’s greatest exposure is by far his or her professional liability/errors and omissions. The good news is that a properly drafted A&E professional liability (PL) insurance policy should cover the design firm for everything it does as … Continue reading →

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Use a administração de construção para reduzir reclamações e disputas

Architects Drawing

Administração da construção é um elemento crucial no serviço profissional do arquiteto para a redução da sua exposição às reivindicações. As questões de pré-planejamento são de particular importância antes de visitar o local, mantendo suas atividades dentro do escopo de … Continuar lendo →

Arquitetos e Engenheiros: Recebendo Pagamento Sem ser Processado

Bricks, Bucks, and Blueprints

As únicas coisas que são certas na vida são a morte, os impostos e as reivindicações de seguros. Cerca de uma em cada cinco empresas de design são arrastadas para uma reivindicação todo ano e simplesmente são poucas as profissões … Continuar lendo →