Home, office and retail construction in Louisiana continues apace. We have acquired an in-depth appreciation of the issues which typically arise in construction-related disputes and the facts and law material to their resolution from our years of experience representing residential and commercial owners, developers and contractors. We have litigated claims in both courts and arbitrations involving compensation for "extra work," defective construction, defective building products, statutory and contractual warranty claims, delay damages, mechanic's liens, insurance issues and indemnification. In doing so, we have established relationships with individuals and firms who assist its attorneys, where necessary, as expert witnesses.
As compared with other areas, alternative dispute resolution or arbitration may be appropriate in construction-related matters, even in those instances where a standard AIA contract--which specifically provides for arbitration--is not involved. Because such disputes typically involve alleged deficiencies with more than one trade's work, and because the work of one trade often impacts the quality and timing of another trade's work, an arbitrator with specialized knowledge can help to reduce the time spent in trial and the cost associated with expert witnesses. We will recommend that the appropriate alternative dispute mechanism be employed where appropriate and in its client's best interests.