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AIA New York State, AIA New Jersey, and AIA Pennsylvania Partner with Offit Kurman to Bring Legal Guidance to Architects & Construction Professionals

New York, NY | October 17, 2019

For Immediate Release

AIA New York State, AIA New Jersey, and AIA Pennsylvania has partnered with Offit Kurman to bring legal guidance to architects, contractors, and design professionals. On the heels of several presentations given at an AIA Pennsylvania/ABC Keystone seminar in September, the attorneys of Offit Kurman’s Construction Law and Commercial Litigation practice groups presented at the 2019 AIA Tri-State Conference in Albany, New York on October 16-19.

AIA is the leading professional membership organization for architects. AIA New York State, AIA New Jersey, and AIA Pennsylvania are all regional chapters of the Institute.

The 2019 AIA Tri-State Conference: Breaking Ground! brings together AIA members from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania for a four-day Conference and Expo. The conference features numerous educational seminars, design awards, exhibitors and keynote speakers, including presentations from Offit Kurman attorneys Robert Herrmann, Anthony Potter, Wojciech “Voytek” Jackowski, and Joshua Quinter.

Mr. Herrmann and Mr. Potter will present as part of a panel for “Starting Your Own Firm: Challenges, Risks and Rewards.” The program aims to provide guidance to architects considering starting their own businesses, as well as those who have already launched firms. Topics will include considerations for choosing a legal entity, critical contract terms to include in agreements, best practices for marketing and branding startup firms, business insurance, and more. The panel is scheduled for Friday, October 18, from 8:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Mr. Jackowski and Mr. Quinter will serve as panelists for “Practice of Architecture: How to Create a Culture of Success and Succession.”  Their presentation focuses on the challenges associated with navigating generational changes and developing succession plans for architectural firms. Attendees will learn about various ownership structures, negotiating key provisions in ownership transitions, risks in practice management, and more. The panel is scheduled for Thursday, October 17 from 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The conference is the second AIA event in recent months to feature presentations by the attorneys of Offit Kurman’s Construction Law team. In September, Offit Kurman sponsored and hosted AIA Pennsylvania / ABC Keystone Chapter  “Get to Know AIA Contract Documents: What Architects, Contractors, Engineers, and Owners Need to Know.” This one-day event featured seven different sessions led by Messrs. Herrmann, Potter, Jackowski, and Quinter, as well as their Offit Kurman colleagues Franklin Miller. The attorneys guided attendees through a wide array of topics, such as project delivery methods, owner-architect agreements, owner-contractor agreements, contractor and subcontractor agreements, the allocation of risk, and claims and disputes.



To learn more about and register for the AIA’s Tri-State Conference later this month, click here. For more information about Offit Kurman’s Construction Law and Commercial Litigation practice groups, and to contact an attorney, click here.




Robert F. Herrmann is the Chair of the firm's New York Construction Law Practice. He represents design professionals, and other construction-related firms, privately held businesses, and New York City housing cooperatives and condominiums. He acts as general counsel to a number of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, lighting designers, engineers, owners, developers, and contractors, advising them on general business matters and representing them in litigation, arbitration and mediation.








Mr. Potter is a Principal attorney in the Offit Kurman Construction Law Practice Group and is a resident of the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Office. Mr. Potter focuses his practice on counseling architects, engineers, design-build entities, owners and other businesses involved in construction contracting, commercial and construction litigation, administrative law, and professional licensing matters.













Josh Quinter is a commercial litigation attorney, with a focus on construction law, and an Associate Managing Principal. Mr. Quinter actively works with his clients in the areas of business planning, contract negotiation and project consulting, risk management and dispute resolution, and litigation. His client service and professionalism have earned him the distinction of being named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, a Lawyer on the Fast Track, and a Rising Star








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