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HOTLINE Panel

Available to Markel’s Architect and Engineers Professional Liability Policyholders free of charge, the HOTLINE provides access to a nationally respected panel of experienced Architects and Engineers Professional Liability defense attorneys who are available to answer general risk management related questions.  Please keep in mind the Terms of Use on the login screen, including the statement that questions regarding specific situations should be discussed with your retained counsel.  Facts and applicable law vary from case to case and state to state.

 

Joseph DeDonato
Morgan, Melhuish Abrutyn
39 Broadway
Suite 1701
New York, NY 10006 
Contact Joseph at
(212) 809-1111, Ext. 7641
jdedonato@morganlawfirm.com
Michael Kashtan
Daniels, Kashtan, Downs, Robertson & Magathan 
3300 Ponce DeLeon Boulevard
Miami, FL 33134
Contact Michael at (305) 448-7988
mkashtan@dkdr.com

Bill Luyties
Lorance & Thompson, PC
2900 North Loop West, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77092
Contact Bill at (713) 868-5560
wkl@lorancethompson.com

John "Blanton" O'Neal, IV
Partner
Hood Law Firm, LLC 
172 Meeting Street
P.O. Box 1508
Charleston, SC 29402
Contact Blanton at
(843) 577-4435
blanton.oneal@hoodlaw.com

Brian K. Stewart
Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP 
1100 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
Contact Brian at (626) 243-1100
bstewart@ccmslaw.com

Ian Stewart
ian.stewart@wilsonelser.com
(213) 443 5101 (Fax)
(213) 443 5100 (Main)
(213) 330 8830 (Direct)
Los Angeles, CA 90071
555 South Flower Street Suite 2900
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
Attorney at Law 

 

Joseph DeDonato

Morgan, Melhuish Abrutyn

39 Broadway, Suite 1701

New York, New York 10006

 

Contact Joseph at (212) 809-1111, Ext. 7641

 

Joseph DeDonato, Esq. was admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey in 1983 and, thereafter, to the Bars of the States of New York, Colorado and the District of Columbia.  He is also admitted to numerous Federal Courts around the country.  He has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil Trial Attorney continuously since 1989 and his Martindale Hubbell attorney rating is AV.  He has handled hundreds of construction matters in New York and New Jersey defending architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors and owners in cases involving defect, delay, property damage and bodily injury.  He has tried many construction cases to verdict as well as resolving matters in  various forums of alternate dispute resolution.  He has been voted as a "Super Lawyer" in polls of "Law & Politics" magazine continuously from 2005 to 2014.  For more information about Joseph and his firm, visit www.morganlawfirm.com or email Mr. DeDonato direct at jdedonato@morganlawfirm.com.

 

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Michael Kashtan, Member

Daniels, Kashtan, Downs, Robertson & Magathan
3300 Ponce De Leon Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33134


Contact Michael at (305) 448-7988  

Michael Kashtan has been practicing law since 1983 when he received his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law. His practice is concentrated in Construction Law, Insurance Defense and the Professional Malpractice Defense of Architects and Engineers.  Michael is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated, which is the highest rating an individual attorney can receive from his or her peers.  The firm is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and in the Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters.  For more information about Michael and his firm visit www.dkdr.com or email Mr. Kashtan direct at mkashtan@dkdr.com.

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William "Bill" K. Luyties, Shareholder
Lorance & Thompson, PC
2900 North Loop West, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77092
 
Contact Bill at (713) 868-5560

 

Bill obtained his B.A. from the University of Houston in 1974 and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 1977, graduating summa cum laude from both.  He specializes in construction litigation/law with an emphasis on the representation of Design Professionals.  Bill is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated, which is the highest rating an individual attorney can receive from his peers, and has been honored to have been selected and recognized  by his attorney peers in the State of Texas as a “Super Lawyer”, ranked in the top 5% in the state in the field of construction litigation for the past three years.  He is a speaker at seminars in the field of construction litigation as well as tort law.  For more information on Bill and his firm, visit the firm’s website at www.lorancethompson.com or email Mr. Luyties direct at wkl@lorancethompson.com.

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John “Blanton” O'Neal, IV, Partner
Hood Law Firm, LLC
172 Meeting Street
P.O. Box 1508
Charleston, South Carolina 29402

Contact Blanton at (843) 577-4435

Blanton is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (B.C.E., 1996) and the University of South Carolina School of Law (J.D., 2000). He specializes in Construction Law, Environmental Law, Civil Litigation and Insurance Defense. Blanton is Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.  The Hood Law Firm LLC was established in 1985 by Charleston attorney Robert H. Hood to specialize in Civil Litigation. The main focus of the practice is on Professional Malpractice Defense and Insurance defense. The firm is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and in A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Firms. For more information on Blanton and his firm visit www.hoodlaw.com or email Mr. O'Neal direct at blanton.oneal@hoodlaw.com.

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Brian Stewart, Partner

 

1100 El Centro Street

Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP

South Pasadena, California 91030

   

Contact Brian at  (626) 243-1100

Brian is a 1986 graduate of John Marshall Law School. He specializes in the Professional Malpractice Defense of Architects and Engineers, and in other Construction law and litigation. Brian has worked closely over the years with the American Institute of Architects, and is well known speaker and Panel member at Architects and Engineers seminars throughout the country. He has authored a number of Risk Management articles on a variety of topics for Architects and Engineers. Brian is Martindale- Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated.  This is the highest ranking available. 

Collins, Collins, Muir & Stewart, LLP traces it roots back to 1964. The firm's main focus is on Construction Law, Construction Litigation, and the Professional Malpractice Defense of Architects and Engineers and other Professionals.  The firm is included in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  .

bstwewart@ccmslaw.com

or email Mr. Stewart direct at

www.ccmslaw.com

For more information on Brian and his firm visit

 

Ian Stewart
Attorney at Law
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP
555 South Flower Street Suite 2900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
213.330.8830 (Direct)
213.443.5100 (Main)
213.443.5101 (Fax)
ian.stewart@wilsonelser.com

 

Ian A. Stewart is a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP.  He handles complex litigation matters in both state and federal courts with an emphasis on product liability, professional liability, general liability and commercial litigation.  Ian's practice also involves defense of intellectual property litigation.  Ian frequently defends catastrophic multi-party litigation.

 

Mr. Stewart's professional liability practice focuses on the defense of architects/engineers and miscellaneous specialty risks, including data privacy and cyber liability matters. He also performs contract reviews for design professionals.

 

Mr. Stewart has successfully defended a variety of product liability matters involving products manufactured in the United States and abroad. These include recreational vehicles, industrial machinery, drugs and medical devices, amusement park rides, sporting goods and consumer products.  For more information about Ian and his firm visit http://wilsonelser.com.  Or email Ian directly at ian.stewart@wilsonelser.com.