The Society for Design Administration advances management and administrative professionals in the A/E/C industry.

What to do When The Professional Board Comes Knocking


Led by: Michael Edwards, Byron & Edwards, APC and Dorothy Amundson, Cavignac & Associates
Where: Cavignac & Associates
450 B Street, 18 Floor, San Diego, 92101

Seminar Description

This program covers the topic of Design Professional Board investigations into complaints made against design professionals by the public / client after the project is complete. It will address how these complaints should be approached by the professionals as well as pitfalls, defenses, responses to the Board, and dealing with its investigators. It will even speak to the hearing, dealing with the Attorney General and potential consequences.

From an insurance perspective, we will address potential insurance coverages for these types of issues.

Our initial presenter is Michael (“Mike”) M. Edwards, who is a shareholder in Byron & Edwards , APC, and is an “AV” rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell with over 33 years practice experience. He is an arbitrator for the Superior Court of the County of San Diego (1980-present) and serves on the panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. Additionally, he has served as Judge Pro Tem for the San Diego Superior Court (1986-present) and for the San Diego Municipal Court (1991-present as well as a member of the San Diego County Planning Commission (1992-present).

Mike’s areas of concentration are contract law, contract negotiations, construction litigation, professional liability (specializing in defense of architects and engineers) and real estate and employment law. He is the author of “Liability for Innovative but Unproven Designs,” Cushman/Hedemann, Architect and Engineer Liability: Claims Against Design Professionals (Second Ed. 1995).

Our supplemental presenter is Dorothy Amundson from Cavignac & Associates. In 1984, Dorothy obtained an Associates degree in Office Systems Technology from Atlantic Community College in New Jersey. She began her insurance career that year in Atlantic City, New Jersey as a claims assistant with a large commercial agency. During her many years in the insurance industry, Dorothy has worked in the capacity of a Claims Manager, Customer Service Agent, Professional Liability Department Manager and Account Executive.In 1990, Dorothy moved to Louisville, Kentucky and joined Tyler & Associates, which specializes in insurance programs for design professionals, accountants and lawyers. While there, she was part of a team that worked closely with the Kentucky AIA and the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers assisting society members with loss prevention and insurance issues. Dorothy holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.In June 1997, Dorothy moved to California and joined Cavignac & Associates as an Account Executive specializing in professional liability for architects, engineers, environmental consultants and lawyers. She is a member of the Professional Liability Agents Network (PLAN) and the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers (IIAB). She is currently a Board member of the Wagon Wheel Natural History Association, and a past Activities Coordinator for the Boy Scouts of America

*Remote Attendance option now offered with a $5 discount. Please use code “remote” under discount code at checkout. Using Go To Meeting you can now attend the program from anywhere.

Reminder: AIA Members Get Learning Units!


Leave A Reply