American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Profitability & Risk Management in Engineering Practice (5302)

Start Date: 4/3/2019 7:30 AM PDT
End Date: 4/3/2019 10:30 AM PDT

Venue Name: David Evans and Associates, Inc.

2100 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR  United States  97201

Organization Name: ACEC Oregon

Merideth Webber
Phone: 503-292-2348

Profitability & Risk Management in Engineering Practice  

Engineers often feel that they are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to risk management and profitability. If they follow all of the risk management advice they are given – e.g., “only sign 100% insurable contracts,” “don’t do business with difficult clients," “send CYA letters about everything” – they risk losing clients and projects. But engineers are also aware that one claim can have devastating impact on the firm’s profitability in the form of a (often quite large) deductible obligation, lost time, damage to reputation, and the like.

In this interactive session, we’ll offer practical strategies for managing the risks inherent in professional practice, illustrated with real-life claims and examples. Participants are encouraged to bring problems and situations for discussion.


Karen Erger, Vice President and Director of Practice Risk Management, Lockton, the world's largest privately owned, independent insurance brokerage. 

Drawing upon her experience as a construction lawyer in private practice and as a claim supervisor for a major insurer of architects' and engineers' professional liability, Karen consults with Lockton's architecture, engineering, and construction clients on practice management issues, including complex claims and contracts, and provides risk management training and resources.

Karen is an active participant on the ACEC National Risk Management Committee and a frequent presenter at ACEC and AIA national meetings. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa from the University of Chicago at 20 years of age with a degree in politics, economics, rhetoric, and law, and earned her law degree at the University of Chicago Law School. 

  • Members - $265 per person (if your firm is a member then you are a member) 
  • Non-members - $365 per person 

  • 7:30 a.m. - Check-in & breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m. - Program begins, includes time for Q&A
  • 10:30 a.m. - Conclusion 

David Evans and Associates, Inc.
2100 SW River Parkway
Portland, OR  97201

There are a few parking garages nearby: 
  • RiverPlace @ The Strand, 1852 SW River Drive ($16 max.) 
  • City Center Parking, 1875 SW River Drive ($16 max.) 
  • Montgomery Garage, 309 SW Montgomery Street ($10 max.) 

This class is good for accruing two and a half (2.5) continuing professional development credits

Cancellations must be received by Friday, March 29, 2019. 

THANK YOU TO DEA for providing the event space! 


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Closed: 4/2/2019 10:00 AM

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