Professional ResponsibilityWe have considerable experience defending architects and engineers before professional licensing boards, including complaints filed by the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners (TBAE) and the Texas Board of Professional Engineers (TBPE), and disputes heard by the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) and various procurement agencies including the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Texas Parks and Wildlife.  Additionally, we assist our clients with policy advisory opinions and other matters before these professional boards.

We also represent architects, engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, and other design professionals in the mediation, arbitration and litigation of claims arising out of the rendering of professional services for the design, development, and construction administration of various construction projects. We are panel counsel for most of the major professional liability insurance carriers, ideally beginning our representation when our client first learns of a possible claim, with the goal of resolving disputes before a lawsuit is ever filed.

Members of our firm have written and spoken extensively on the topic of professional registration and responsibility.  For additional information, please visit our Seminars and Publications page.

Attorneys

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Publications

  • Construction Law (William R. Allensworth et al. eds., 2009)
    Place: Textbook Published by the American Bar Association for the Teaching of Construction Law
    Author/Speaker: Edited by William R. Allensworth
  • Overview of Contract Law
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Education, Inc.: Legal Issues for Texas Civil Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors (Nov. 19, 2015).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth
  • The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Made by Design Professionals
    Place: Austin Business Journal (Dec. 20, 2013)
    Author/Speaker: Matthew B. Cano
  • Payment and Managing the Project
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Professional Engineers (Sept. 7, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • The Witching Hour: Limitations, Repose, Tolling, and Other Horrors
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 25th Annual Construction Law Conference (2012)
    Author/Speaker: Co-authors Matthew C. Ryan & Will Allensworth. Presented by Matthew C. Ryan
  • Architectural Law Case Update 2010-2011
    Place: Presented to The American Institute of Architects Austin Summer Conference and Product Expo (Aug. 25, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-written and presented with David Lancaster)
  • Understanding (and Avoiding) Professional Liability Claims
    Place: Presented to the Texas Society of Professional Engineers 75th Annual Meeting and Conference (June 24, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-authored and co-presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • Power And Responsibility: Avoiding & Managing Complaints at the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
    Place: Presented to The American Institute of Architects San Antonio Professional Practice Leadership Program (May 20, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Avoiding and Managing Complaints Before the Texas Board of Professional Engineers
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Understanding General Liability and Professional Liability Insurance Coverage
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (co-presented with Jim Jimmerson)
  • Avoiding and Managing Complaints Before the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Architects and Landscape Architects (Aug. 13, 2010).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 21st Annual Construction Law Conference (2008).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (with Joe Canterbury)
  • Claims Before the State Office of Administrative Hearing
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Texas Construction Law for Engineers & Contractors (Oct. 18, 2007).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 20th Annual Construction Law Conference (2007).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth (with Joe Canterbury)
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the 28th Annual Advanced Real Estate Law Course (2006).
    Author/Speaker: William R. Allensworth
  • Ethical Issues for Design Professionals, Including Avoiding and Managing Cases Before the Licensing Boards
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Aug. 10, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Lien and Bond Claims for Design Professionals
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Aug. 10, 2006)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Ethical Issues for Design Professionals, Including Avoiding and Managing Cases Before the Licensing Boards
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Design Professionals (Mar. 31, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan