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.

How Architects Can Manage Condo Risk

condo architect

In my last blog I presented an overview on why condo projects are one of the—if not the —riskiest of all project types when it comes to claims against design professionals. This follow up blog post provides some practical risk … Continue reading →

Why Condo Projects are the Riskiest of All

condo construction

Most insurance carriers that specialize in architects and engineers’ professional liability (PL) would agree that condominium projects are one of, if not the most, hazardous project types when it comes to claims against design firms. Continue reading →

Supplanting Another Consultant


The interruption of a consultant’s service can create significant liability exposures for both the design firm(s) being replaced and the firm(s) taking over. Continue reading →

Using Documentation to Reduce A&E Professional Liability Risk

Architect documentation

When it comes to managing professional liability risk, documentation is one area all design firms need to take very seriously. Continue reading →

Contracts From Hell: Negotiating Design Professional Agreements – Part 2

Disputing Contract

This post will focus on negotiating specific clauses and assessing those “deal makers” and “deal breakers” every design professional should understand and address before signing on the dotted line. Continue reading →

Contracts From Hell – Negotiating Design Professional Agreements (Part 1 of 2)

Pointing at Contract

All architect and engineering firms are faced with the same dilemma: Most owner-drafted agreements, if executed without modification, would put their firm at serious financial risk. Continue reading →

Use Construction Administration to Reduce Claims and Disputes

Architects Drawing

As a broker exclusively dedicated to providing insurance and risk management solutions to design professionals, I can tell you that there are certain steps design firms can and should take to mitigate their exposures to costly claims and client disputes. … Continue reading →

Architects and Engineers: Getting Paid Without Getting Sued

Bricks, Bucks, and Blueprints

The only things that are certain in life are death, taxes and insurance claims.  About one out of five design firms are dragged into a claim every year and there simply are few professions that take on such a disproportionate … Continue reading →

3 Insurance Products Every Architecture or Engineering Firm Should Consider

3 Insurance Products Every Architect or Engineer Firm Should Consider

For my first blog post, I thought it a good idea to start with the basics. This month I presented to 100 architecture and engineering firms a review of all the insurance products every design firm should know and use … Continue reading →