Rochanne Keane is the Focus Group Leader for the U.S. Archtiects & Engineers Claims Team and direclty manages professional liability claims for design professionals. She has extensitve experience handling construction defect litigation nationally and internationally. She serves on the AIACC Task Force and other A&E affiliated advisory boards. Rochanne has spoken at numerous national and regional forums to discuss construction defect litigation, contract and insurance issues, including risk management for design professionals. Rochanne is licensed to practice law in the states of California, New York and New Jersey.
In 2022, Beazley surveyed 29 lawyers who regularly defend complex architect and engineer (“A&E”) professional liability claims involving our insureds to assess whether these lawyers prefer arbitration or litigation for commercial construction disputes and whether views have changed due to COVID-19. The resounding response from 50% of responding attorneys told us they “never” or “rarely” prefer arbitration over litigation in federal or state court, while only 13% say they usually prefer arbitration for cases against A&E firms.