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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.

Representative matters

General Matters

Represent electrical trade contractor in preparing and settling claims for multiple changes on two apartment buildings

Represent California software developer in successful contract-based arbitration against a Nevada casino customer

Assist New York-based contractor in preparing and litigating complex claims involving Differing Site Conditions during tunnel construction

Represent general contractor in complex claims involving incomplete design and delay on a multi-prime power generation plant project in Alaska

Represent general contractor on complex contract dispute involving construction of new computer chip manufacturing facility

Represent general contractor in complex multi-party claims involving design warranty and delay on corporate headquarters for international athletic product manufacturer

Advise general contractor on handling differing site conditions on Corps of Engineers dam project

Assist large real estate developer in setting up design-build contracts for 1000+ unit residential development

Assist foundation contractor with multiple issues during construction of high rise in San Francisco

Defend foundation contractor against claims arising from tilting highrise built by others in San Francisco

Assist with review and negotiation of contracts for design and construction of private space launch facilities in Florida

Represent Swiss company in defending against contract-based claims by U.S. investor

Represent international contractor in appealing Contracting Officer decision denying multiple claims on military base in New Jersey

Assist private developer in negotiating sale of large commercial property in Bellevue, WA

Defend owner developer against multiple complex claims on high rise hotel development

Publications & Presentations


  • Speaker, “Getting Paid: Prompt Payment Act from the Perspectives of the Government, Primes & Subs,” Navigating Federal Government Contracts Northwest 2019, Seattle, Washington, October 30, 2019
  • Speaker, “Consequential Damages and Indemnity in Construction Agreements,” International Bar Association, Seoul, Korea, September 24, 2019
  • Speaker, “Issues in Design-Build Contracting,” Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, Seattle, WA, June 7, 2019
  • Speaker, “Everything You Need to Know About Design Build Projects,” Federal Government in the Last Frontier, Anchorage, AK, March 19, 2019
  • Speaker, “The Rules of Contract Interpretation in Construction Contracts,” International Academy of Construction Lawyers, Cologne, Germany, April 5, 2019
  • 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 2019”, U.S. chapter, July 2019
  • Co-authored, “The International Comparative Legal Guide To: Construction & Engineering Law 2018”, U.S. chapter, 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, Lawyer of the Year, Litigation-Construction, 2021
  • 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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