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Technical Excellence in Government Contracts
and Construction Matters Since 1893.
Oles Morrison
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Douglas Oles helps his clients avoid and resolve disputes on a wide variety of complex public and private contracts in the construction, supply, energy and real estate development industries. He also works as neutral mediator and arbitrator in contract-based disputes. With more than three decades of transactional, litigation and arbitration experience, Douglas is deeply committed to helping his clients solve problems promptly and cost-efficiently. He has represented both claimants and respondents in resolving multiple disputes over $100,000,000 and in a wide variety of smaller cases.

Representing construction clients across the United States, Douglas has participated in a number of high profile infrastructure projects. He has also worked on various commercial contracts in Europe, Asia and South America.

Douglas is a leader in a variety of construction industry groups that keep him at the forefront of new developments in contracting and claim resolution.

Publications & Presentations


  • Speaker, Federal Design-Build Challenges, Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2018, Seattle, WA, October 2018
  • Panel speaker, International Bar Association, IBA Annual Meetings, Vienna, 2015; Washington D.C., 2016; Sydney, 2017
  • Panel Chair and Speaker on Design-Build Contracting, Society of Construction Law conference, Sao Paulo, Brazil, September 2016
  • Speaker on Keystone XL Pipeline, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers conference, St. John’s, Newfoundland
  • Panel Chair and Speaker on Choosing Governing Law and Venue for Disputes in International Arbitration, Society of Construction Law Conference, Kuala Lumpur, September 2014
  • Speaker on Contract Eschatology: Suspension & Termination, International Construction Law Conference, London, September 2012
  • Panel Chair and Speaker on Contract Negotiation and Drafting, Society of Construction Law Conference in Melbourne, May 2012
  • Speaker on Technical Claim Defenses, ABA Construction Forum, Atlanta, October 2011
  • Speaker on Resolving Construction Disputes in Canada and the U.S. – Looking Back, Looking Forward, ABA Annual Meeting, August 2011
  • Speaker on Contract Forms and Forums in the United States, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Ottawa, June 2011
  • Speaker on Construction Claims Disputes and Liability, Pacific Business & Law Institute, April 2011
  • Speaker on Communication – Proper & Timely Notifications, Construction Seminars Northwest, April 2010
  • Panel Chair and Speaker on Differing Site Conditions, Society of Construction Law Conference, Hong Kong, December 2010
  • Speaker, Federal Contracting, ABA Construction Forum, Philadelphia, October 2009
  • Speaker, Society of Construction Law Conference, London, October 2008
  • Speaker on various construction-related topics, London Super Conference, 2002 – 2006
  • Speaker, Dispute Review Boards, OMRB Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar, 2005


  • Co-authored, “The International Comparative Legal Guide To: Construction & Engineering Law 2018”, Global Leader Group, July 2018
  • Co-Author, “50 State Survey of Licensed Design Professional’s Stamping and Sealing Obligations,” Washington, ABA Forum on Construction Law, April 2018
  • Co-Author, “But There’s a Catch–California’s Wage-Credit Restrictions on IAF’s Still Stand,” ABA’s The Dispute Revolver, August 16, 2016


  • President, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2018
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers, 2004 – present
  • Board Member, The Beavers, 2019
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Past National Chair, American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law, 2005 2006
  • Honorary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Programs Coordinator, Society of Construction Law
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Board Member, JAMS – Global Engineering & Construction
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Past President, The Rainier Club, 2007 – 2008
  • Life Member, British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Construction Law, 2003 – present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Construction, 2018 – present
  • Who’s Who in America, 2008 – present
  • International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers, 2007 – present
  • Super Lawyers, 2003, 2006 – present
  • Martindale Hubbell highest AV rating for over 20 years

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