Professional Details

Erich Birch, P.E., J.D.

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4705 Spicewood Springs Rd, Suite 200
Austin, TX 78759
Fax: 512-349-9303


Description of Practice

Erich has twenty years of experience as a mediator in many types of disputes. His mediation approach is to work with the individual parties and their legal counsel in advance of the mediation to understand the issues, and then to focus on problem solving and settlement during the mediation. His goal is to quickly get to the core issues and then to find practical solutions, helping the parties to be creative when needed. He is a lawyer with a background in engineering, and is well suited for matters involving environmental, energy, technology, construction, and other technical issues. He practices environmental law and previously worked as an engineer in the chemical manufacturing industry. Erich is also an arbitrator and a facilitator, a Credentialed Mediator in Texas, a panel member of the American Arbitration Association, and provides mediation and other alternate dispute resolution services to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Erich's law practice is based in Austin, Texas, but he resides in the Houston area and provides local mediation, arbitration, and legal services in both areas. He will also travel elsewhere in and out of the state.


Vanderbilt University (Bachelor of Engineering) 1976. University of Houston (J.D.) 1989. American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Training 1999. University of Texas Dispute Resolution Center Mediator Training 2000.


Dates    Trainer(s)    Title   
1999    University of Texas Dispute Resolution Center    40-hour mediation training
2000 to 2018    American Arbitration Association    Yearly continuing education training
2015    Corder Training    32-hour facilitation training
2010 to 2018    State Bar of Texas    Continuing education training

Areas of Practice

  • Automotive
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Faith Based
  • General
  • Government
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Land Use
  • Natural Resources
  • Oil and Gas
  • Partnership
  • Patent
  • Postal Service
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad
  • Technology
  • Trademark
  • Transportation

Professional Services

  • Mediator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Arbitrator
  • Facilitator
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer