"I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one." Aetna Cas. & Surety Co. v. Leo A. Daly Co., 870 F.Supp. 925, 941 n. 9 (S.D. Iowa 1994) (quoting Voltaire).
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Helping clients avoid disputes (or reduce the scope of them) is not a sideline to our practice - it is a highlight of it, and one of its most satisfying aspects.
Construction was among the first industries to successfully adopt methods of resolving disputes without the use of courts. Negotiation has long been part of both the pre-construction and construction processes. To those involved in the industry, this seems natural - because the cost of controversy during construction is so great.
Mediation and arbitration remain the most often used non-judicial methods of resolving construction disputes. In fact, some industry standard form contracts require their use as a routine part of dispute resolution.
But ADR is not the solution for every construction dispute. Roberts Construction Law, LLC often helps its clients during project planning and contract drafting stage to determine what method of ADR, if any, seems best-suited for the project at hand. And if disputes arise, we can serve as ADR advocates or neutrals.