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Expert Witness & Consulting Services

for the Design & Construction Industry

NCARB certified

50+ years of industry experience


A licensed architect in 18 states and the District of Columbia


Over 28 years Owner/Principal at a top ten architectural firm


Administered over $23 billion of in-place construction


General Contractor and CM-Adviser experience


Design/Build experience

Expert Witness

Architect’s Standard of Care


Expert witness services are provided by James B. Atkins, FAIA

Jim has worked in the design and construction industry for over 50 years in both construction and design disciplines. He operated a construction subcontracting firm while pursuing his architecture degree, and after graduation as a general contractor he constructed projects in the public and private sectors before joining the international architecture firm, HKS. He is licensed to practice as an architect in eighteen states and the District of Columbia.

During his 32 years with HKS Architects he designed and developed their construction services program and was responsible for over $23 billion of in-place construction. He also served as Chief Operations Officer and oversaw fiscal and contractual activities. He served as the firm’s Chief Risk Management Officer for over 25 years, establishing risk management protocols for architectural services.

Jim is a prolific writer with co-authorship in numerous industry publications. Recent work includes The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition, The Architecture Student's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th edition, Managing Project Risk: Best Practices for Architects and Related Design Professionals, and Introduction to Health Care Planning, Design and Construction, 2nd edition.


Mr. Atkins is a co-author of many of the 2007 AIA documents. He also served and chaired the AIA Risk Management Committee where he worked in liaison with professional liability insurance carriers for architects and engineers. He served on The AIA Trust, and he served on and chaired the AIA International Committee. He was elected to the College of Fellows in both the American Institute of Architects and the Korean Institute of Architects.​​

Featured Publications

Scheduled Presentations

Featured Publications

 Young Woman Contemplating
The Perils of Substitutions

Gain insight into the management of value engineering substitutions.

Business Consultation
Setting Professional Liability
Goals and Objectives

A guide for establishing your risk management criteria

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