Fields of Practice

Mediator and Arbitrator, Lou Chang, provides mediation and arbitration services in the resolution of civil and legal disputes in the following areas and fields of practice.

  • Business & Commercial
  • Real Estate & Property
  • Construction & Design
  • Labor & Employment
  • Injury, Liability & Insurance
  • Professional Liability
  • Condominium
  • Franchise & Licensing
  • Banking & Financial
  • Hotel & Hospitality
  • Securities

 

Sample Matters handled by Lou Chang

 

Business, Commercial & Civil

 

Mediator and co-mediator of business and commercial matters, hotel/resort contract disputes, hotel ground lease controversies following hurricane damage and conflict between municipal mayor and county council.

 

Mediator of family business and intergenerational disputes over succession, transition and liquidation.

 

Arbitration of telephony technology contract/licensing dispute.

 

Court appointed Discovery Master in civil and designated complex cases

 

Mediation of breach of contract and fiduciary obligation claims between title and escrow company, selling and purchasing principals and fidelity bonding company.

 

Co-mediator of governance dispute between County Mayor and Council members.

 

Mediator of service contract dispute between a Pacific island nation government and American marketing agent.

 

Court appointed Receiver in Commercial matters.

 

 

Construction & Design

 

Mediator of numerous and varied, simple, complex and multi-party construction, design deficiency, surety and bonding cases since 1984 ranging from single family residential, condominium, subdivision, industrial, commercial, high-rise and public works projects in Hawaii, Guam and the mainland United States.

 

Sole arbitrator of construction and design disputes arising out of the development of a US$300 million luxury resort. Multi-million dollar claims were raised between the owner, developer, general contractor, prime sub-contractor, architect, design consultants, suppliers and sub-contractors concerning claimed defective design and construction of mechanical systems, boatway transportation system, tile delamination, petroleum spillage, accounting and insurance claims.

 

Co-mediator of a thirty-five party, complex construction and design deficiency claims involving a senior citizens residential condominium complex.

 

Mediator/Discovery Master of claims involving group of 100+ residential homeowners against developer and others concerning deficient siding, water infiltration, concrete and other problems.

 

Arbitration panel chair of disputes between a Korean general contracting company and American subcontractor involving construction of Guam airport facilities.

 

Mediator of Prime and Subcontractor Guam military project construction contract account dispute.

 

Sole or panel arbitrator of construction industry, design, construction and material failure claims of various kinds. Construction projects have included government and private sector projects and have included various types of residential, commercial and high rise construction.

 

Mediator of construction design deficiency claim concerning a government water treatment facility. This mediation involved multiple parties, including the government agency, design professional firms, the general contractor, sub-contractor, supplier and surety.

 

Negotiation and litigation of $5+ million project construction deficiency claims for State supported Planned Unit Development Project and construction products failure.

 

 

 

 

Real Estate

 

Mediation of misrepresentation and fraudulent sales claims regarding non-disclosure of native burials on oceanfront lands.

 

Contested Case Hearings Officer for the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

 

Easement and right of way litigation between neighboring landowners.

 

Arbitration of real estate broker procuring cause dispute on sale of commercial property.

 

Petroleum contamination and toxic tort liability and insurance coverage litigation

 

 

Labor & Employment

 

Arbitrator, Mediator and Mediator/Arbitrator of contract interpretation and grievances arising under collective bargaining agreements.

 

Independent Investigator of harassment, discrimination and malfeasance claims of major non-profit organization.

 

Fact Finder for employment discrimination.

 

Mediator, arbitrator, investigator and fact-finder of public sector, private sector and non-profits intra-organizational disputes.

 

Tie-Breaking Umpire for Union-Management Industry Trust Fund dispute.

 

Mediator of labor and employment discharge, discrimination (Title VII and ADEA), violence, whistle blower and harassment claims, family business and professional liability matters.

 

Interest arbitrator for collective bargaining wages, benefits, staffing levels, negotiation impasse and wage reopener.

 

Arbitrator and mediator/arbitrator of impact negotiation claims.

 

Co-mediator of termination related claims involving a non-profit service agency and its Executive Director.

 

 

Tort Liability

 

Mediator of double wrongful death action, Koror, Palau.

 

Arbitration and litigation of personal injury and premises liability tort claims

 

 

Professional Liability

 

Real estate broker nondisclosure and breach of duty in sale and consolidation of Waikiki development block.

 

Wrongful death medical malpractice.

 

Arbitration of breach of contract and accountant malpractice claims.

 

Medical Claims Conciliation Panel arbitrator.

 

Condominium

 

Arbitrator or Mediator of condominium, planned unit development and community association board governance, governing document interpretations and member disputes.

 

Construction and design deficiency litigation and arbitration for condominium, commercial, warehouse and hotel projects .

         

 

Mediator of Condominium Board of Directors accounting, governance and liability claims

 

Estate & Probate

 

Mediator and arbitrator of probate, trust and guardianship issues between feuding siblings, mother and grandchild.

 

Independent Neutral Trustee in trust and probate matters.

 

Successor Trustee, Conservator and Custodian for disputing siblings and parent.

 

Mediator of intergenerational property and business enterprise succession disputes.

 

 

Franchise & Licensing

 

State and National franchising of quick service restaurant chain.

 

Franchisor-Franchisee breach of contract claims.

 

Copyright and trademark licensing and infringement litigation.

 

Franchising of food service, bakery and restaurants.

 

Banking and Financial

 

Financial workouts, restructuring and foreclosure of financing and leasing agreements.

 

Truth in Lending litigation and arbitration.

 

Hotel & Hospitality

 

Arbitration of hotel management and joint venture contracts.

 

Arbitration of hotel management operations and accounting disputes.

 

Party appointed arbitrator of operational and accounting disputes between multi-state hotel chain owner and national tour and travel enterprise.

 

 

Securities

 

Arbitrator of investor group securities fraud and tax credit claims.

 

Arbitrator of investor claims relating to broker/dealer liability.

Do you have questions about our services?

Contact us at 808 384-2468 or via our contact form.

Office Hours

Lou Chang can be reached during the following hours:

Mon-Fri 8 AM to 6 PM

Sat 9 AM to 3 PM

 

Lou Chang

A Law Corporation

(Licensed in Hawaii)

PO Box 61188

Honolulu, HI 96839

 

Phone: 808 384-2468

Email: louchang@hula.net

 

Or use our contact form.

Note: Lou Chang is licensed to practice law in the State of Hawaii and in no other jurisdiction. The information provided in this website is not intended to be the provision of legal advice. Contacting the firm, Lou Chang, ALC does not create an attorney-client relationship and confidential information should not be sent until such relationship is established and confirmed in writing.

Areas of Practice

Business & Commercial

Real Estate & Property

Construction & Design

Labor & Employment

Injury, Liability & Insurance

Professional Liability

Condominium

Franchise & Licensing

Banking & Financial

Hotel & Hospitality

Securities.

 

Click here to see examples of cases handled by Lou Chang.