Marvin Laws began his legal career with the firm Hayes Magrini & Gatewood in Oklahoma City more than 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.  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.


As mediator, Marvin has assisted numerous parties and their counsel resolve all kinds of construction disputes, including:

  • Contract Disputes -- Owner / Prime  Contractor / Subcontractor / Designer

  • Commercial Projects -- Assisted living centers, condominiums, hospitals, office complexes, historical preservation projects, and many others 

  • Residential Projects - single family new construction and remodels

  • Public Projects -- Local and state projects including highway construction, utilities, schools, and universities

  • Construction Defects -- Commercial, Residential, Industrial

  • Design Defects 

  • Landowner Disputes

  • Multi-Party Litigation (three or more parties)

  • Pre-Suit / Pre-Arbitration Mediation

  • Mechanic's Liens & Bond Claims - State and Federal

  • Negligence / Property Damage



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. Marvin has served as an arbitrator in several cases of all types and complexities.