Richard Gaeckle


Building Commissioning and the Role of the CxA

What was once a growing trend, green building and sustainable design—has now become mainstream in building design and construction. Green building is typically associated with environmental responsibility. However, an…more
 /  Construction Law, Environmental Law, Professional Malpractice, Government Contracting

The Duty of Design Professionals and the Privity Defense

It has been long settled that a contractor may maintain an action against a design professional even in the absence of contractual privity. However, while current law supports the proposition that a contractor may maintain an…more
 /  Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Professional Malpractice

"Am I Covered?" Insurance Considerations for the Design Professional "Going Green"

The emergence of green building and sustainable design has introduced the world of building construction to new territory in the realm of energy savings and design implementation requiring new innovations in project delivery. On…more
 /  Construction Law, Insurance, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

Repose Re-Examined: When Does the Period Begin to Run?

The Statute of Repose, N.J.S.A. 2A:14-1.1, was enacted in 1967 in an attempt to limit the liability of designers and contractors. In nearly as many years since its enactment, judicial interpretations have examined and reexamined…more
 /  Construction Law, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

The Green Architect

"Going Green" may mean increased liability for architects and other design professionals. While architects, as well as other design professionals, are held to the standard of care of the average architect practicing in the same…more
 /  Construction Law, Environmental Law, Professional Malpractice, Real Estate - Residential, Real Estate - Commercial

What About the Architects?

In New Jersey, professional engineers are afforded protection for construction site accident by virtue of the site safety statute. Liability for such accidents is imposed only in limited circumstances. However, there is no…more
 /  Construction Law, Professional Malpractice, Personal Injury

The Grass Is No Longer Greener for Landscapers

Effective December 31, 2005, any person providing home improvement services to the public must be registered with the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs and comply with specific requirements as to home improvement contracts…more
 /  Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Construction Law, Consumer Protection

Reach Out and Touch Someone's Wallet?

In years past, advertising in New Jersey was of little concern to the professional architect. While advertising has long been regulated by the State Board of Architects (“Board”), the rules concerning advertising…more
 /  Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law, Constitutional Law, Professional Malpractice
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