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Kenneth A. Slavens

Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP

Contact Info

Husch Blackwell LLP
190 Carondelet Plaza, Suite 600
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314) 345-6419


Ken Slavens contributes articles on design liability to

Mr. Slavens is a partner in the St. Louis office of the law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP. He represents architects, engineers, owners, and contractors in construction disputes over alleged defective design and construction, delays, cost overruns, interference, obstruction, property damage, and suspension of work. He litigates claims arising from injuries on project sites or from defective construction. His substantial experience also includes related civil litigation, arbitration, and mediation.

Mr. Slavens received his bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in Political Science and his juris doctor, cum laude, from the St. Louis University School of Law.

Expert Commentary

Date Article
Jul 2018 When Striking Contract Language Isn't Enough
Mar 2017 New Owner's Design Warranty in Missouri
May 2015 Attorney Fee Award Approved Based on Incorporated AAA Rules
Jan 2015 Who Can Opine on the Design Professional's Standard of Care?
Feb 2013 Contractor Obligated To Care for Its Collaborative Partner, the Designer
Sep 2012 Calculating Damages Can Deflate a Design Liability Claim
May 2011 Illinois Supreme Court Rejects an Expert Witness's Expanded Duty of Care
Jan 2011 Failing To Define the Standard of Care
May 2009 The 2007 AIA Document: Changes in Formal Dispute Resolution
Sep 2008 Design Professional's Attention to Contract Clauses Can Pay Dividends
Sep 2007 Protection of Architectural Plans: Finding and Catching the Infringer
Sep 2006 Remote Relations and Legal Duties of Design Professionals
Mar 2006 Trying To Do the Right Thing: Self-Preservation by Good Faith Decision Making
Jul 2005 The Exception Is Swallowing the Rule: Negligent Misrepresentation and the Economic Loss Doctrine
Jun 2005 The "Bargained-for" Result: Torts, Contracts, and Statutes of Limitation
Jun 2004 Making the Most of Standard Indemnity Clauses
May 2003 The Ability to Disclaim Liability Resulting from Inspection Duties
Nov 2002 Design Disclaimers and Implied Warranties
Jul 2002 The Design Professional's Statute of Repose: Stumbling Blocks to the Defense of Torts and Contractual Indemnity Claims
Dec 2001 Architects and "Design and Construct" Liability under the Americans With Disabilities Act
Sep 2001 You Just Stood There? The Design Professional's Responsibility for Job Site Injuries
Jun 2001 Court Holds Design Professional Liable for Approving Payment Absent a Bond
Mar 2001 Negligent Misrepresentation: Chipping Away at the Design Professional's Protection under the Economic Loss Doctrine
Sep 2000 AIA Standard Form Is an Acceptable "Allocation of Risk" between "Sophisticated Business Actors"
May 2000 The Design Professional's Obligation of Good Faith