Architects & Engineers

Architects, engineers, and other design professionals are responsible for planning, designing, and administering projects of various types and degrees of complexity. This is often work with high expectations and significant demand. If you are an architect and engineer, you deserve to focus your time and energy on meeting the expectations of your career in an environment that encourages you to thrive and maximize your potential.

Unfortunately, there are instances where employers create the opposite environment by taking unlawful actions that violate employee rights. When that happens, architects and engineers will need a legal team that understands the intricacies of employment law in the design professional industry with extensive experience protecting employee rights.

At Outten & Golden, the services we offer to design professionals include:

  • Contract drafting, review, negotiation, and dispute services: Our legal team understands the unique concerns of design professionals, and we have extensive experience effectively representing design professionals at all stages of the contractual relationship. There are many issues that design professionals must address in the course of contract negotiation and execution, including not only compensation and benefits, but also equity arrangements, non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions, matters concerning preservation of intellectual property, choice-of-law provisions, and many other matters.
  • Alternative dispute resolution including mediation, arbitration, settlement negotiations, and complex litigation: Many design professional contracts require the use of alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation or arbitration. While often effective, these options have their limitations and own set of complex procedural rules and mechanisms. As a result, retaining a legal team that can represent you confidently and effectively throughout those matters is essential. Likewise, if your case requires complex litigation, as employment disputes in the architectural and engineering industries often do, you will need a seasoned attorney on your side to assert your rights and protect your best interests.
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims: All employers should ensure that the working environment they cultivate is one that values and respects all employees and does not promote or tolerate discrimination based on age, race, religion, gender, orientation, marital status, or disabilities. If an employer takes actions that create a hostile working environment, an employee is entitled to seek protection under the law.

These are only a few issues of many in which our legal team has effectively represented design professionals. Architects and engineers frequently encounter legal issues in many facets of their practice – issues that often require the representation and guidance of attorneys who understand the complexities and nuances of the law. At Outten & Golden, we are proud to offer that expertise to every client we serve.


At Outten & Golden, we have extensive experience representing architects and engineers whose rights have been violated. We have a track record of successfully litigating a wide variety of employment claims on behalf of design professionals,[*] and we consider it a privilege to have that opportunity.

Our knowledgeable and experienced legal team is committed to protecting and defending your rights. If you are an architect or engineer needing legal guidance regarding an employment issue, we're here to help. Please contact us to discuss your circumstances with a knowledgeable and experienced Outten & Golden attorney.

(*Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.)