Construction or Business Disputes?


Avoiding the time and cost of litigation is usually in the best interest of all parties. If your case needs to go through an evidentiary hearing, arbitration is faster, less expensive and is often better than litigation. Trying to settle is a good thing, but a satisfactory settlement is not achieved simply through good luck. It takes the willingness of the parties and a skilled mediator to get you there.

For more than 43 years Keith enjoyed an active practice advising clients on a wide range of construction law issues. At the beginning of the year, Keith decided to conclude his practice as a party-advocate and he now focuses entirely on his mediation and arbitration practice. Keith has extensive training as an arbitrator and a mediator in construction and business disputes. Keith is committed to the concept of fast, efficient dispute resolution unencumbered by endless discovery and motion practice. He believes that the parties deserve a real decision, not one that gives a little bit to everyone.

Mr. Burn arbitrates and mediates cases all over Texas, New Mexico and in Arizona.

The American Arbitration Association, in conjunction with lawyers who handle large complex disputes, has named Mr. Burn to the American Arbitration Association Master Mediator Panel-Construction for the Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas Region.  Mediators were selected for this unique panel utilizing a rating committee made up of a diverse group of advocates and in-house counsel representing clients in complex, high stakes construction disputes.

“I came to know Keith Burn when he served as an arbitrator in a high-stakes, high-damages construction case involving a publicly funded project, thousands of documents and many witnesses. The hearing itself spanned three full hearing-weeks.

Through it all I learned several things about Mr. Burn: with years of experience as a trial lawyer he knows the law and procedure; he is a student of the arbitration process and honors its goals for prompt, fair and efficient dispute resolution; he is very, very smart; knows how to move a case along to conclusion; and, importantly, has a grand sense of humor effectively employed to keep the parties and their counsel civil and focused. His attention to factual details and legal principals promotes both fair and accurate awards.”

– John Nassen, Esq., Dallas, Texas
Keith S. Burn
is a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent lawyer who grew up in the construction industry. Since 1975, he has been a mediator, arbitrator and litigator of hundreds of construction and commercial cases involving a variety of matters, including:
• Business Organization, Formation, Operation and Dissolution
• Automobile Dealership Purchase, Sale and Operation
• Real Estate Sales, Development, Covenants and Foreclosures
• Disputes Over Construction Defects, Plans and Specifications
• Issues Involving Concrete, Asphalt, Steel, Soils and Foundations
• Roadways, Structures, Solar Power Plants, Roofing Disputes
• Utility, Plumbing, HVAC, Materials Testing and Design Issues
Education and Licensure
• Duke University, BA, 1970
• University of Denver College of Law, JD, 1972
• Licensed to Practice in State and Federal Courts in CO – 1973
• Licensed to Practice in State and Federal Courts in NM – 1975
• Licensed to Practice in United States Tax Court – 1975
• Licensed to Practice in Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals – 1982
• Licensed to Practice in the United States Supreme Court – 1984