Fred Muse writes on articles on architects, engineers, and
design liability for IRMI.com.
Mr. Muse currently serves as the global practice leader in the Marsh Design
Firm Practice which encompasses the professional liability exposures of architects
and engineers, contractors, and single-project placements. He also has extensive
experience in the field of risk management consulting for contractors, developers,
and wrap-ups. In addition, he still serves as a senior advisor for a number
of major construction companies, architect and engineering firms, and controlled
Mr. Muse has been active in all areas of construction, including significant
experience with industrial, civil, and commercial contractors. In addition,
he has recently worked with contractors and owners in providing expertise on
risk identification and leading-edge solutions for some of the largest projects
in the country, including seven new office headquarters with total construction
cost over $1 billion; four new manufacturing facilities valued over $250 million
each; a 250-mile parkway/toll road and $200mm cable span bridge; and three professional
sports stadiums and arenas.
Prior to being hired as the first employee in the Marsh Associates Program
in 1988, Mr. Muse had 2 years of work/study experience in all major operation
departments. After that time, he worked as casualty broker in the National Accounts
Department and then established the Atlanta Construction Group in 1995. Before
Mr. Muse's current assignment, he was leading the negotiations of insurance
programs for all large construction clients and projects throughout the Southeast.
Before joining Marsh, he worked with a Lloyd's Broker in London for a year in
the North American Casualty and Reinsurance departments.
Mr. Muse is a frequent author and speaker on construction insurance. Some
of his recent engagements include the following.
- A View From the Top: Construction Risk Management in the 21st Century,
Woods & Aitken Roundtable Lunch in Lincoln, Nebraska; January 2001.
- Managing Contractors Professional Liability Risk: Expert Roundtable
at International Risk Management Institute Annual Conference in Atlanta,
Georgia; November 2000.
- Risk Management Applications for Design Firms, Alabama Engineering Society
Quarterly Meeting in Birmingham, Alabama; November 2000.
- Innovation in Specialized Project Coverages, Marsh Risk Brief and Street
Talk; October 2000.
- Wrapping Up Professional and Environmental Exposures, Marsh Environmental
Conference in San Diego; October 2000.
- Negotiating Project Specific Professional Liability, DPIC National Project
Conference at Lake Lanier Island, Georgia; September 2000.
- Strategic Risk Solutions for Construction Clients, Presentations in
Atlanta, Philadelphia, Birmingham, Alabama; July 2000.
- Project Risk: Increased Complexity/Increased Opportunity, Annual E&C
Conference in Rockport, Maine; June 2000.
- Creating a Competitive Edge through Controlled Insurance Programs, CFMA
Annual Conference in Nashville; May 2000.
- Construction Risk Management in the New Millennium, Smith, Currie, and
Hancock Annual Construction Law Update Seminar in Atlanta; April 2000.
- Conducting Effective Project Risk: Assessment, Treatment, Mitigation,
Marsh Mid-Atlantic Regional Construction Conference; May 2000.
- Construction Risk Management for the 21st Century, Law Update Seminar:
"Practical Advice for Construction Owners and their Counsel" in Chicago;
- Alternative to "Surety" Bonding: Contractor Default Insurance, Marsh
Wrap-Up Practice Conference in Palm Springs; March, 2000.
- Understanding the Fundamentals of Construction Insurance, Alston & Bird
"Building a Project Without Claims, Cost Overruns and Delays" Seminar in
Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina; February 2000.
Mr. Muse holds a BBA degree in Finance/Risk Management and Insurance from
the University of Georgia. He is affiliated with the Associated Builders and
Contractors, Construction Financial Management Association, Design Build Institute
of America, and is a licensed Property and Casualty agent.