Architects, engineers, and other design professionals sometimes face claims of alleged defective designs and specifications. Recent changes in Colorado law provide important defenses for design professionals against negligence claims arising from work that is also governed by construction contracts. Mechanics lien litigation arising from work by design professionals can present unique challenges and opportunities; as such claims may have priority over those of a construction lender. Finally, architects may be able to secure additional remedies by asserting patent and copyright claims to the intellectual property inherent in their work. All of these issues are complex, requiring the guidance of a skilled construction lawyer. With substantive expertise in both engineering and intellectual property, we are well qualified to handle the often complex legal needs of design professionals.