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AIA Rolls Out New Construction Manager Series of Form Contracts
by Sara McEown     The American Institute of Architects (“AIA”) announced that it will be releasing updates to the Construction Management series of contract documents. As part of the updates, AIA will be releasing thirteen new or updated form contracts, including Construction Manager as Constructor (commonly referenced as “CMc”) and Construction Manager as Adviser (commonly referenced as “CMa”) and their related documents. The forms will be released in two phases – Construction Manager as Constructor in November 2019, and Construction Manager as Adviser in February 2020. The current Construction Management series was issued in 2009, keeping in line with AIA’s custom of updating its contract forms every ten years.

Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc)
Construction Manager is one of the most popular project delivery methods. Specifically, Construction Manager as Constructor ... Read More
TEA Takeover of HISD May Bring Changes in 2020
by Brittany Cooperrider     Texas Education Agency (“TEA”) Commissioner Mike Morath announced early this month that the TEA intends to take over operation of Houston Independent School District (“HISD”). As part of the takeover, the TEA would likely appoint a new school board and superintendent to lead HISD. New HISD governance could bring changes to the award of construction projects in the school district, including new construction and planned renovations... Read More
Real Estate
The Winds of Change for Landowners
by Jack Turano     By next year, Texas could potentially receive more of its electricity from wind than coal. The continued expansion of wind energy in the Lone Star state has pushed Texas to the top of the list when it comes to wind energy production on a global scale.

If Texas were its own country, it would be the fifth-largest wind energy producer in the world. With Texas’ transmission system, pro-business policies and limited land use restrictions, you may one day be approached by a wind energy company to sign on the dotted line so that your land can be used as part of a wind project ... Read More
2020 Best Law Firm Announcement
Five practice groups at Andrews Myers recognized on a national and regional scale in the 2020 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  The Construction Law and Construction Litigation practice groups ranked both nationally and within the Houston and Austin markets, while the Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law and Real Estate Law practice groups were rated for the Houston region. Press Release
Hunter Barrow named Benchmark Litigation Star
The new law firm Rankings and Litigation Star lists for Benchmark Litigation United States are now live, with Hunter Barrow recognized as a Local Litigation Star in the General Commercial and Securities practice areas. 
The Litigation Star List is compiled by Benchmark Litigation, and is based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms.  Hunter Barrow leads Andrews Myers' Business Litigation practice group.  
ANSI Aerial Lift Standard Delayed
by Tony Stergio   New American National Standards Institute (ANSI) aerial lift / Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) standard guidance was set to go into effect in December 2019.  ANSI, however, has delayed the implementation of this standard until March 1, 2020.  This gives those who own, rent, or use aerial lifts time to get all risk assessment forms, policies, and provisions in place before the March 1, 2020 implementation date. 
While ANSI standards do not have the force of law, failure to follow ANSI standards (which have not been specifically adopted by OSHA) can be the basis of OSHA general duty clause citations. This is especially true when a reportable employee injury or fatality is concerned... Read More
Questions to Ask if You are Getting Ready to Sell Your Business
by Brenton Pharis   If you're thinking about selling your business, imagine yourself as the potential buyer. What questions would you ask and what records would you want to see in making your decision?
The answers to these questions will tell you what you need to do to get your business ready for sale. For those business owners who keep their records in order, this will be a relatively easy task; for those less prone to do so, it may prove to be very time-consuming... Read More
Andrews Myers Named a Best Place to Work by Houston Business Journal
Late last month, at a Mardi Gras themed luncheon hosted by the Houston Business Journal, companies learned where they rank as the best places to work in Houston.
Andrews Myers ranked Number 2 among mid-size companies with 50 to 99 employees. The annual list recognizes companies in the Houston area that demonstrate a positive company culture and employee appreciation.

There were over 100 companies honored, ranked in order of scores based on employee engagement, benefits, corporate culture and amenities, among other criteria. 
AM Women's Initiative Holiday Clothing Drive
The Women's Initiative at Andrews Myers will once again be collecting professional attire to help empower disadvantaged women in our community with Dress for Success.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the group of Andrews Myers attorneys will be collecting women's clothing items and accessories through Thursday, December 19th. If you have any items that you would like to donate, please contact Claire Dykeman.

For more information about Dress for Success and clothing items needed, click here.
Litigation & Arbitration
Heard a' Purdah? Witness Communication in Arbitration
by Andrew Harris     In a recent arbitration for a firm client, the arbitrator invoked the purdah rule at the beginning of the final hearing. While common in international arbitrations, purdah is rarely utilized in Texas arbitrations and this curve-ball required our team to make some immediate adjustments in the presentation and preparation of witnesses.

Arbitration  Most modern construction contracts contain clauses either allowing for, or requiring, arbitration of disputes. Arbitration is designed to be an alternative to court that allows for an arbitrator typically well-versed in construction disputes to decide the case. Arbitration proceedings can vary greatly depending upon the arbitrator(s) and the direction of the parties. For instance, some arbitrations are very informal while others strictly apply the rules of evidence and decorum as if it were a court proceeding. In either scenario... Read More
Recording Online Meetings: A Guide to eDiscovery Best Practices
by Patrick Kennedy     Because of the potential for exposure that recorded calls may have, it is important to understand when and where those recordings can be used and if the risk of recorded online meetings is something you need to mitigate against.

Using online meeting software is commonplace in business. If you haven’t hosted a meeting using GoToMeeting, WebEx, Zoom or a host (no pun intended) of other software products, chances are you have likely attended an online meeting yourself, as it’s increasingly necessary for individuals to meet online and share screens, video feeds, documents and side-conversations with up to hundreds of people at a time... Read More
11/22     2019 Crossroads Gala
12/02     SPONSOR: AGC of Texas Christmas Party
12/03     AGC Houston CLC Holiday Party
12/04     SPONSOR: ASA She Builds It Holiday Party
12/04     SPONSOR: ABC Houston PAC Christmas Party
12/04     ABC Central Texas Holiday Party
12/04     SPONSOR: NACM Southwest Holiday Gala
12/05     Sara McEown presents at SBOT CLS Basics Course on the Construction Industry and Basic Terms
12/05     SPONSOR: AGC Houston Safety Holiday Happy Hour
12/05     SPONSOR: HBA Honors the Judiciary Holiday Reception
12/05     SPONSOR: HBA Construction Law Section Holiday Party
12/06     HCA Christmas Dinner & Dance
12/17     AGC Austin Holiday Party
12/18     SPONSOR: MCA Christmas Party
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