The Best Time to Mediate A Dispute is Yesterday

Here on ConstuctionLawMonitor.com I like to blog about non-traditional ways to settle disputes between contractors and other feuding parties. Mediation is my favorite because I am a mediator. Its also my favorite because, generally, its the best and most efficient way to resolve disputes. There are circumstances whereby mediation will not work but that usually […]

Construction Contracts: Mediation Is A Great Alternative To Litigation

Mediation and Construction Law are two of my favorite topics to discuss. These are my favorite aspects of the practice of law. Every construction law dispute I encounter starts with the premise of getting contractors paid. No matter the dispute, the underlying factor is withholding of money along the hierarchical chain of characters. Owners need […]

Mediation! New Service Available at Wolfe Law

Seth J. Smiley, partner at Wolfe Law Group, LLC and author of ConstructionLawMonitor.com is now a formally trained mediator. New Orleans just hosted the AAAU's (American Arbitration Association University), Essential Skills for the New Mediator workshop in downtown, hosted by Neil Carmichael. Why would parties want to mediate a dispute instead of going to court? […]

Louisiana Arbitration Law

Over the past few months here at Wolfe Law Group, I've been involved in a number of disputes where where arbitration clauses were invoked and the matters traveled the path of arbitration rather than ordinary judicial proceeding. Mediation and Arbitration have been touted as the faster, cheaper and more efficient way to handle legal disputes. […]

Arbitration Review May Be Limited…But It Can’t Be Waived in Washington

The Washington Supreme Court wrote an opinion interpreting the Washington Arbitration Act last week in Optimer Int'l, Inc. v. RP Bellevue, LLC. In this case, a landlord and tenant submitted themselves to an arbitration proceeding pursuant to their contract, and the loser at arbitration wasn't satisfied with the award. They sought judicial review of the […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Why, When & How (3-part series)

This article is part of a three part series titled "Alternative Dispute Resolution - Why, When & How." To read the other parts in this series, or to read more articles about ADR, navigate to the Wolfe Law Group ADR page here: ADR. In the world of construction, litigation is perhaps unavoidable. The complications and […]