Laird Elizabeth Lawrence

Laird Elizabeth Lawrence

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Location:
Dallas, Texas
Phone:
214-979-7406
Fax:
214-979-7402
Email:

In her almost 40 years of practice, Laird has handled cases as diverse as suing the United States for contract balances to defending employers at administrative hearings on unemployment claims.  Currently, she represents business owners, contractors, subcontractors, sureties, and individuals in business disputes.  Much of Laird’s practice relates to construction and surety law, a natural outgrowth of her previous work as an associate surety counsel for a major surety.  Additionally, Laird serves as a neutral on the American Arbitration Association’s complex construction case panel.

Laird is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Directory with the AV Preeminent Rating (5.0 out of 5.0) and has been selected as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in Construction/Surety Law in the Texas Monthly Super Lawyers Edition every year since 2007.  Laird also is listed in the Best Lawyers Directory (Women in the Law, Best Attorneys in Texas)

Seriously Outstanding
only 5% selected each year

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas
    • J.D. - 1978
  • Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
    • B.A. cum laude - December, 1974

Published Works

  • The Surety's Indemnity Agreement: Law and Practice (2nd Ed.) (Contributing Author), American Bar Association, 2008
  • Performance Bond Manual (Contributing Author), American Bar Association, 2006
  • Texas Construction Bond and Lien Claims (Contributing Author), Half Moon, LLC, November, 2005
  • Construction Lien Law and the New Residential Construction Commission Act in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, August, 2005
  • Are Breach of Warranty Damages Caused by an Occurrence?, Texas Building Trends, September/October, 2001
  • Legislative Wrap-up (Co-Author), Texas Building Trends, July/August, 2001
  • Construction Lien Law in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, July, 2001
  • Pending Legislation Affecting Construction, Texas Building Trends, May/June, 2001
  • Construction Claims in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, May, 2001
  • Times May be Changing for Texas Employers (Co-Author), Texas Building Trends, March/April, 2001
  • Construction Litigation in Texas (Contributing Author), Lorman Education Services, March, 2001
  • When Construction Goes Wrong: The Surety's Perspective, University of Texas School of Law, Mortgage Lending Institute, 2000
  • The Availability and Scope of Appeal of Arbitration Awards Under the Federal, Uniform and State Acts (Co-Author), 29 The Brief 32-37, Spring, 2000
  • Practical Advice on Drafting Contractual Insurance Provisions, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Spring Meeting, 1999
  • Construction Warranties in Texas (Co-Author), 13 The Construction Lawyer 20, April, 1993
  • Texas Construction Law (Contributing Author), Federal Publications, Inc., 1991

Classes/Seminars

  • 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 Joint Meeting, 2011
  • Speaker, The Surety's Indemnity Agreement: Law and Practice, ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Spring Meeting, 2008
  • Speaker, Texas Construction Bond and Lien Claims, Half Moon, LLC,, 2005
  • Speaker, Construction Lien Law and the New Residential Construction Commission Act in Texas, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2005
  • Speaker, Arbitrator Ethics: What Ought One Do?, American Arbitration Association (Dallas), 2004
  • Speaker, Construction Lien Law in Texas, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2001
  • Speaker, Construction Claims in Texas, Lorman Education Services, Inc., 2001
  • Speaker, Construction Litigation in Texas, Lorman Education Services, 2001
  • Speaker, When Construction Goes Wrong: The Surety's Perspective, University of Texas School of Law, Mortgage Lending Institute, 2000
  • Speaker, The Availability and Scope of Appeal of Arbitration Awards Under the Federal, Uniform and State Acts, ABA Annual Meeting, Tort & Insurance Practice Section Annual Meeting, 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, Practical Advice on Drafting Contractual Insurance Provisions, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Spring Meeting, 1999
  • Program Participant, When the Feds Come Marching In, ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee Annual Mid-Winter Meeting, 1994

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
  • Best Lawyers Directory

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Initial Advisory Committee (Construction Law)
  • Dallas Bar Construction Law Section, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Texas,Construction Law Section, Council Secretary
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • American Arbitration Association, Complex Case Panel
  • Texas Aggie Bar Association, Past-President
  • Texas Board of Legal Specialization Exam Commission (Construction Law)