Seminars & Publications

The following are published articles written by the attorneys of Allensworth and Porter, L.L.P. The full text of several articles are provided in the links.

  • Construction Discussion | Episode One: Limitations of Liability (Watch Video)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (November 15, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Law & The Architect: 2017
    Place: Presented at: AIA San Antonio Spring Conference and Product Expo (March 2017); AIA Austin Small Firms Roundtable (June 2017); AIA Austin Summer Conference (August 2017); THRESHOLD: Texas Society of Architects 78th Annual Convention and Design Expo (November 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • Essential eDiscovery Questions to Ask Opposing Counsel (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (November 13, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Tyler T. O'Halloran
  • Integrated Project Delivery: Boost Productivity, Save Money, and Avoid Litigation
    Place: THRESHOLD: Texas Society of Architects 78th Annual Convention and Design Expo (November 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Drones: The Eye in the Sky on Construction Job Sites (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (October 24, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Karly A. Houchin
  • The Smooth, The Sad, and The Ugly
    Place: Presented at the 2017 Central Texas Stucco Symposium: Beyond the Scratch Coat (October 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Construction Loans and Contractor Documents (View Presentation)
    Place: Presented at the 51st Annual William W. Gibson, Jr. Mortgage Lending Institute (September 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Top Five Contract Issues from a Litigator’s Perspective
    Place: Presented at the State Bar of Texas Government Law Boot Camp (July 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Amy M. Emerson
  • 2017 Contract Immunity Update (Read More)
    Place: Presented at the Texas City Attorney Association Summer Conference (June 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Amy M. Emerson
  • Risky Business: Managing Construction Project Risk with Bonds and Insurance (View Presentation)
    Place: Presented at the Texas City Attorney Association Summer Conference (June 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Co-presented by Joe R. Basham and Jeff Chapman
  • 2017 Legislative Update: Construction-Related Bills and Changes to Business & Commerce Code 272 Regarding Out-of-State Venue Provisions
    Place: Presented to The Surety Association of South Texas (June 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Pending Bill Could Shift Liability for Defects in Plans & Specs between Owners and Contractors (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (May 23, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Tyler T. O'Halloran
  • Do Competitors Have a Right to Your Bid Documents? (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (April 17, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Kaleb S. Walker
  • Construction Litigation
    Place: Presented to the Building Enclosure Council of Houston
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • A Question of Consequence: Consequential Damages (Read More)
    Place: Presented to State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Construction Law Conference (March 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth
  • When the King Does Wrong: The Availability and Limits of Construction-Related Suits Against the Government (View Presentation)
    Place: Presented to State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Construction Law Conference (March 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Amy M. Emerson
  • HB 1053: Proposed Bill Would Reduce Construction Defect Liability Window from Ten to Five Years (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (February 15, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Monte F. James, Jr.
  • Careful What You Ask For: Avoiding Loopholes and Unintended Consequences in the Recovery of Attorney Fees (Read More)
    Place: Published by Allensworth & Porter (January 30, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Megan R. Kateff
  • Case Study: Port of Houston/Zachry Contract
    Place: Presented to the Construction Industry Institute Executive Leadership Program, The University of Texas at Austin (January 17, 2017)
    Author/Speaker: Co-presented by Joe R. Basham, Matthew C. Ryan, Travis W. Brown, Amy M. Emerson, and Will W. Allensworth
  • Payment and Performance Bonds on Public Projects
    Place: HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Construction Law for Public Projects (August 10, 2016).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Chapter 150: Updates and Trends in Certificate of Merit Law
    Place: The Advocate, State Bar of Texas Litigation Section Report Summer 2016.
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth & William R. Allensworth
  • Key Clauses in Design and Construction Contracts for Condominium Projects (Read More)
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 29th Annual Construction Law Conference (2016).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • 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
  • Theories of Liability Against Architects and Engineers
    Place: Presented to the Texas State Bar Construction Law Section Basic Course in Construction Law (2015).
    Author/Speaker: Originally authored by William R. Allensworth and Matthew J. Sullivan, updated by Will W. Allensworth (presented by G. Stewart Whitehead)
  • Architect/Engineer Defense in Practice
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 28th Annual Construction Law Conference (2015).
    Author/Speaker: Will Allensworth (co-authored and presented by Matthew B. Cano)
  • Overview of Contract Law
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Education, Inc.: Legal Issues for Texas Civil Engineers (Aug. 13, 2014).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth
  • Design Professionals and the Economic Loss Rule
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Construction Law Conference (2014).
    Author/Speaker: Panel Moderator: Matthew C. Ryan
  • The Top 5 Legal Mistakes Made by Design Professionals
    Place: Austin Business Journal (Dec. 20, 2013)
    Author/Speaker: Matthew B. Cano
  • Increased Use of Bifurcation in Construction Cases Involving Derivative Claims
    Place: The Construction Lawyer: Journal of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Vol. 33, No. 4 (Fall 2013).
    Author/Speaker: Will W. Allensworth (co-authored with R. Carson Fisk)
  • The Certificate of Merit: Field of Opportunity and Peril
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 26th Annual Construction Law Conference (2013).
    Author/Speaker: Co-authors Matthew C. Ryan and Will Allensworth (co-authored and co-presented by G. Stewart Whitehead)
  • Recent Developments in Construction Law
    Place: Presented to the AACEI Central Texas Section Meeting (Nov. 14, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference (Sept. 13, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: S.W. "Whitney" (May) Knight, & Will Allensworth
  • Top Construction Contract Issues and Pressure Points for the Players, The Subcontractor’s Perspective
    Place: Presented to The University of Texas School of Law Construction Law Conference (Sept. 13, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham, Panelist
  • 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
  • Managing Risk for Differing Site Conditions
    Place: Construction News (Sept. 2012).
    Author/Speaker: S.W. "Whitney" (May) Knight
  • Selecting and Procuring Services
    Place: Panel Presentation at the Leadership in the Capital Projects Forum (Apr. 4, 2012).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown, Panelist
  • 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)
  • Reviewing Contracts for Design Services and Construction
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Legal Issues for Texas Landscape Architects (Aug. 19, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • 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)
  • No Contract, No Fear . . . Quantum Meruit is Here
    Place: Construction News (June 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • 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
  • When “Pay-if-Paid” Means “Not Going to Get Paid”
    Place: Construction News (May 2011)
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • 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
  • Managing the Project
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Adopting Strategies for Minimizing Liability Exposure
    Place: Presentation for HalfMoon Seminars, LLC: Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure (Feb. 23, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Construction Law Update
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 27th Annual Litigation Update Institute (Jan. 21, 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Will Allensworth
  • Building Information Modeling
    Place: In Shared Design 4-1 (Michael T. Callahan ed., 2011).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown & Joe R. Basham
  • 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
  • Paving the Way: TxDOT’s Contract Claims Process
    Place: Construction News (July 2010).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Bid Issues – What Every Subcontractor Needs to Know
    Place: Construction News (Dec. 2009).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown
  • Mechanics of Perfecting and Preserving a Lien Claim
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 19, 2008).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • An Introduction to Building Information Modeling
    Place: 27 Construction Law. 33 (2007).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown (co-authored with Benton T. Wheatley)
  • 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
  • Mechanics of Perfecting and Preserving a Lien Claim
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 16, 2007).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan
  • 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
  • The Trail of Tears: TXDOT Claims and Procedures
    Place: Presented to the State Bar of Texas 19th Annual Construction Law Conference (2006).
    Author/Speaker: Matthew C. Ryan (co-written with Ryan M. Nord). Presented by Matthew C. Ryan
  • Performance Bonds
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Feb. 17, 2006).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Defending Subrogation Claims in Design and Construction Cases
    Place: 25 Construction Law. 32 (2005).
    Author/Speaker: Travis W. Brown (co-authored with Benton T. Wheatley)
  • Why Use A Change Order?
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Educational Services: Change Orders in Texas (June 15, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Nuts & Bolts of Texas Mechanics’ Liens
    Place: Presented to the Austin Bar Association—Construction Law Section (Feb. 17, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Perfecting Mechanics’ & Materialmen’s Liens in Texas
    Place: Presentation for Lorman Education Services: Construction Lien Law in Texas (Jan. 26, 2005).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • Pay if Paid Clause May Not Be Enforceable
    Place: Construction News (Oct. 2003)
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham
  • How Long Am I On the Hook? Statutes of Repose, Statutes of Limitation, and Why a One-Year Warranty May Not Be a One-Year Warranty
    Place: Presented at the South Padre Island Building Communities Conference (Sept. 25, 2003).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham & William R. Allensworth
  • Introduction to Texas Residential Construction Law (Construction Defects)
    Place: Presented to the University of Texas School of Law Residential Construction Law Conference (2003).
    Author/Speaker: Joe R. Basham & William R. Allensworth