About Laird Lawrence

Laird E. Lawrence, Arbitration Services

In her 40 years of practice, Laird handled cases as diverse as suing the United States for contract balances to defending employers at administrative hearings on unemployment claims.  She has represented business owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and individuals in a variety of business disputes.  Much of Laird’s practice related to construction and surety law, a natural outgrowth of her previous work as an associate surety counsel for a major surety.

For the last 20 years, Laird also has served as a neutral with the American Arbitration Association.  She is on the construction and large complex case panels and though most of her arbitrations have involved construction, some have been in the commercial and consumer arenas.

As of November, 2018, Laird is limiting her practice to arbitration and will no longer be a party advocate.  During her 20 years as an arbitrator, she has dealt with a variety of projects, including LNG tanks, a lake resort, cell towers, a national cemetery, an earthen reservoir, a casino and boat basin, industrial warehouses, commercial buildings, condominium developments and roadways.  Among the issues arbitrated are wrongful termination, default, delay, extras, substantial completion, bond claims, changed conditions, design and construction defects, latent defects, liens, nonpayment, acceleration, impact damages, labor inefficiencies, negligent supervision and management, and breach of warranty. Laird takes her role as an arbitrator very seriously and works to ensure that all parties receive full and fair hearings.

Speaking Engagements/Publications:

Speaker and Contributing Author, “Joinder and Consolidation”, AAA/ICDR/AAA Mediation.org Panel Conference, 2019

Speaker and Contributing Author, “Beauty is Only Skin Deep: Selected Issues Regarding Building Exterior and Interior Finishes”, ABA TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Mid-Winter Meeting 2016

Speaker, “Getting out of the Arbitration Weeds”, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry/TIPS Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Mid-Winter Meeting, 2011

Speaker and Contributing Author, The Surety’s Indemnity Agreement: Law and Practice, ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Spring Meeting, 2008

Contributing Author, The Performance Bond Manual, American Bar Association, 2006

Speaker and Contributing Author, Texas Construction Bond and Lien Claims, Half Moon, LLC, November, 2005

Speaker and Contributing Author, Construction Lien Law and the New Residential Construction Commission Act in Texas, Lorman Education Services, August, 2005

Speaker, Arbitrator Ethics:  What Ought One Do?, American Arbitration Association (Dallas) 2004

Speaker and Contributing Author,  (1) Construction Lien Law in Texas; (2) Construction Claims in Texas; and (3) Construction Litigation in Texas, Lorman Education Services, 2001

Author, “Are Breach of Warranty Damages Cause by an Occurrence?, Texas Building Trends, September/October 2001

Co-Author, Legislative Wrap-Up, Texas Building Trends, July/August 2001

Author, Pending Legislation Affecting Construction, Texas Building Trends, May/June 2001

Speaker and Contributing Author, When Construction Goes Wrong: The Surety’s Perspective, The University of Texas School of Law Mortgage Lending Institute, 2000

Speaker and Co-Author, The Availability and Scope of Appeal of Arbitration Awards Under the Federal, Uniform and State Acts, ABA TIPS Annual Meeting, 2000; 29 The Brief 32-37, Spring 2000

Moderator, Design-Build Construction Projects from the Perspective of a Contractor, Surety and Commercial Owner, DRI Annual Meeting, Joint Program of the Fidelity and Surety, Construction, and Business Litigation Committees, 1999

Speaker and Author, Practical Advice in Drafting Contractual Insurance Provisions, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Spring Meeting, 1999

Co-Author, Construction Warranties in Texas, 13 The Construction Lawyer 20, April, 1993

Contributing Author, Texas Construction Law, Federal Publications, Inc. 1991

Associations and Memberships:

State Bar of Texas, Construction Law Section, President-Elect

Texas Construction Law Foundation, President-Elect

Texas Board of Legal Specialization Exam Commission (Construction Law) -past member

Texas Board of Legal Specialization Initial Advisory Committee (Construction Law)

Dallas Bar Construction Law Section, Past-Chair

Texas Aggie Bar Association, Past-President

American Arbitration Association Construction and Large Complex Case Panels

Arbitrator Training:

AAA/ICDR/AAA Mediation.org Panel Conference, 2019

Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor—Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018

Challenges at the Preliminary Hearing, 2017

Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make, 2016

eDiscovery: Arbitration in a Digital World, 2015

Principled Deliberations, 2014

Conducting Research & Investigations, 2014

Using Experts Effectively in Commercial & Construction Arbitration, 2013

Maximizing Efficiency & Economy in Arbitration, 2012

Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties, 2009

Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2009

Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2006

Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration, 2005

Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 2004

Annual Arbitrator Update, 2002

Construction Industry Arbitrator II Training, 2002

Commercial Panel Roundtable, 1999

Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1997

Education and Bar Admissions:

Laird attended law school at the University of Texas, graduating in 1978.  She obtained her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, graduating in December, 1974. Laird was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1978.