Marvin Laws began his legal career with the firm Hayes Magrini & Gatewood in Oklahoma City approximately 20 years ago, handling primarily construction litigation, bond and lien claims, and related work. During the bidding phase, while work is in progress or after construction is complete, Marvin has assisted clients in resolving construction disputes of all kinds.
Whether by contract, or due to the nature of the issues, the process for resolving construction disputes can take parties into arbitration, or state or federal court. Oftentimes those processes can overlap, making the path to dispute resolution long and expensive. While that sometimes can't be avoided, it doesn't always have to be that way.
Having mediated, litigated or arbitrated hundreds of cases over the years, one thing is clear -- the vast majority of cases settle before they are actually tried to a judge, jury or arbitrator. Sometimes, more than one mediation is necessary to resolve disputes because the parties have not yet developed the case to the point that the issues are well defined by the time of the first mediation. In such cases, the parties must spend more time and resources developing their cases, which can frustrate the settlement process.
Marvin possesses the knowledge and experience to help the parties better understand each other and their own cases. With this in mind, the goal is to resolve disputes quickly and economically ... before the parties spend too much time on litigation or arbitration.
Unfortunately, sometimes disputes cannot be resolved amicably. However, when cases don't settle, the parties can many times minimize the costs of dispute resolution by arbitrating their cases, rather than litigating in court.
Avoid lengthy and costly discovery process
Limited pre-hearing motion practice
Hearings can be scheduled at the convenience of the parties
Hiring an arbitrator with an understanding of the construction industry also cuts down on the time necessary to explain rudimentary construction terms and concepts. The time saved can be better spent developing your case and resolving it.