When you have a conflict in the construction industry, most people jump straight to litigation. Trying to solve a problem through the courts is one way to approach matters, but sometimes it’s not the best way. At our law firm, we try to find alternative methods of dispute resolution whenever possible, like arbitration. Our Houston construction arbitration lawyers can help guide you through this process and reach a deal that should please both parties involved.

What is Arbitration?

In the arbitration process, you skip the courtroom and agree to have your case heard by a qualified arbitrator. The process here is similar to litigation. You can submit evidence and make arguments just as you would in the courtroom, but the entire process is streamlined a bit.

One important note about arbitration is that the decisions reached are legally binding, just like they are in a court case. So you should be prepared to accept the outcome when you choose this process.

Why Can Arbitration Be Better Than Litigation?

There are a few reasons why people prefer this process over litigation. Advantages include:

Efficiency: Construction disputes can take far longer to resolve in court. It’s easier to schedule arbitration sessions and you don’t have to worry about crowded court schedules delaying your case.

Cost: Because this process is faster and more efficient than litigation, that also means that it is often significantly less expensive than going to court would be.

Privacy: Arbitration is a private process, with no public court record for statements to be entered into. Someone cannot look up what you said during these sessions or spread it to others.

Who Can Benefit From Arbitration?

All types of construction industry workers and employers can potentially benefit from using this process. Our attorneys have worked with:

  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Suppliers
  • Developers
  • Owners
  • Public agencies

We can represent your interests too.

Do I Need a Lawyer?

We do recommend hiring a lawyer during this process. Arbitration works a lot like a court case would, and our knowledgeable attorneys bring the same kinds of advantages to the table here as they would in the courtroom. Our background in construction law can be helpful. Plus, we can handle most of the paperwork and talking for you.

This is your business and livelihood that we’re talking about here. You want to make sure that you are making your best efforts here, and that often means hiring a lawyer who can advocate on your behalf.

Talk to an Experienced Construction Lawyer

When you have a contract dispute, don’t try and handle it on your own. Contact Patout & Shaw and talk to a lawyer who has plenty of experience in the construction industry. We’ll help you find a method of negotiation that works, whether that’s arbitration or another process.