Architects, Engineers, and Surveyors Defense Lawyers

Architects, engineers, and surveyors are involved in the planning, design, and administration of projects of many different types and levels of complexity. They are also often involved in the management and operation of their businesses. Each of these responsibilities creates risk that must be managed and unique legal issues that must be resolved.

The Sugarman Law Firm has the industry-specific knowledge, experience, and expertise that design professionals can trust to handle all their legal needs. Sam Vulcano, Brian Sutter, and Steve Davoli focus their practices on the representation of design professionals.  They understand the unique risks design professionals face, and can help minimize and manage them. 

The Sugarman Law Firm’s services for architects, engineers and surveyors include contract drafting, review, and negotiation; risk assessment and management; dispute resolution, including negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation; defense of malpractice and contractual claims, fee collection, labor and employment issues and formation and succession planning for partnerships, professional corporations, and other business entities. We also offer complete estate planning services for professionals.

When a design professional is sued for malpractice, the Sugarman Law Firm has the expertise they need to successfully defend. Even before a lawsuit is commenced, the Sugarman Law Firm can provide “pre-claims” assistance. Defending an architect, engineer, or land surveyor requires a level of specialization that many attorneys simply do not have. The attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm have years of experience defending these types of cases, and working with our clients and expert witnesses. The Sugarman Law Firm is accredited by the American Institute of Architects as providers of continuing education to design professionals and has been named a Tier 1 law firm for the defense of professionals by Best Lawyers. Sam Vulcano was selected by Best Lawyers as its 2014 and 2016 Syracuse Professional Malpractice Defense Lawyer of the Year.

The attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm also defend design professionals against allegations of copyright infringement and we protect our clients’ interests in their own intellectual property.

The attorneys at the Sugarman Law Firm are up-to-the-minute on laws governing building design and construction, and zoning and planning laws and regulations, so consult us before you begin your next project.

Architects, Engineers and Surveyors encounter legal issues in every facet of their practices. Design professionals constantly face responsibilities that require legal advice such as writing proposals, drafting and negotiating contracts with owners and consultants, preparing the "front end" provisions of Contract Documents, handling bidding issues, dealing with claims for extras, requests for extensions of project schedules and claims for extended general conditions, reporting on construction site injuries, negotiating termination and payment issues and defending claims arising from alleged deficiencies in a completed project.  Our attorneys have the experience and expertise required to assist you in managing all of the situations you face.


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