Independent brokerage Holmes Murphy has appointed Andrew Patton as its architecture and engineering (A&E) technical consultant, growing its architecture and engineering consulting capabilities.
Patton’s background as a construction lawyer in a private practice makes him a perfect match for his new role, where he will lead risk management education for the company’s architecture, engineering, and construction clients, collecting trend analytics and acting as a consultant for technical-industry risk management solutions. In addition, Patton will manage complex claims and review contracts for insurability.
Patton brings over 10 years’ worth of experience to the role of A&E technical consultant. Having worked for most of them as a professional defense litigation lawyer with emphasis in construction law, Patton has worked closely with architects and engineers – including societies such as the American Institute of Architects and Engineers Joint Contract Document Committee – and built expertise in supporting design and technical industry professionals. Patton is also a member of the Iowa State Bar Association.
“Andrew is very fitting for this role with a background in construction and design litigation,” said Holmes Murphy’s senior vice president for property casualty, Paula Dixon. “He excels at working directly with clients to navigate through the challenges of the industry, identifying the best possible risk management tactics and developing strategies for their unique needs.”
Patton’s specialized field of work as an A&E technical consultant – managing risks inherent in professional practice – is a growing one at Holmes Murphy. He has been entrusted with key initiatives at the brokerage that will add value for clients, including coaching them on innovative strategies, products, and industry best practices.
“Andrew’s deep and diversified experience in the industry, coupled with his professional network and reputation, make him the ideal leader to help us continue to intensify our growth plans,” Dixon added.