Mediation and Arbitration in Construction and Business Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys

Our firm, with offices in Spokane and Seattle, has extensive frontline experience in alternative dispute resolution, and we strongly believe in its benefits. With lawyers licensed to practice in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, California, Oregon, and Montana, Dunn & Black, P.S. is routinely called upon to mediate and arbitrate the most complex construction law and business contract disputes on behalf of clients throughout the Western United States. We have arbitrated cases involving projects in many other states and internationally with the assistance of local counsel, including Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, Pennsylvania and Arizona. We have represented business owners, contractors and design-build firms, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, and developers in exploring opportunities to resolve legal conflicts without the expense and uncertainty of a trial. We handle binding arbitration stipulated by contract, as well as voluntary arbitration or mediation where it is a prudent and economical strategy for clients. One of our founders, John Black, is a panel member of the American Arbitration Association's Panel of Construction Arbitrators and the Idaho Transportation Department Disputes Review Board, while other firm members actively serve as arbitrators and mediators on all types of construction and business disputes.

Early Mediation

We have found that incorporating early mediation of a construction case into a litigation or arbitration plan often averts a potentially contentious and costly trial or arbitration. It also provides a more private forum and faster timeline to settle conflicts. Our lawyers encourage clients to explore alternative dispute resolution options for:
  • Construction claims and termination/default
  • Construction/design defect claims
  • Business transaction and contract disputes
  • Broken real estate deals
  • Construction surety and insurance coverage disputes
Our ADR practice has produced notable results in resolving construction disputes short of trial. Even when these methods do not directly produce an out-of-court resolution, clients realize a tangible benefit from bringing the legal issues into tighter focus as they proceed to litigation.

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See our Representative Work page for examples of our mediation and arbitrations experience.