About Karl

Karl Oles is a partner of the firm practicing in the Construction and Design group. For more than 30 years, he has helped owners, architects, engineers, and contractors solve complex legal problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Karl has also drafted, negotiated, and analyzed multimillion-dollar design and construction contracts on a wide variety of construction projects. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s construction panel. He is co-author of the current standard treatise on Washington lien law.


“Sources deem Karl Oles to be ‘one of the most well-recognized construction attorneys in Seattle, well-known for tunnel-boring disputes.’ He is ‘incredibly accomplished’ in contractual matters and high-stakes litigation, especially with major infrastructure projects.” (Chambers USA)         


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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Completed DRBF basic training, 2018
  • Completed three-day certification workshop for DBIA, 2017
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (Construction), 2019–2023
  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Litigation—Construction “Lawyer of the Year,” Seattle, 2023
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Litigation—Construction), 2013–2024
  • Member of practice group nationally ranked in Best Law Firms®, 2010–2023
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Construction Litigation, Business Litigation), 2001–2007, 2016–2023
  • Named a Real Estate/Construction Law Trailblazer, National Law Journal, 2021
  • Past member, Stoel Rives’ Pro Bono Committee
  • Past chair, Construction Section, Washington State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Occasional lecturer at University of Washington in Construction Law
  • Member, Board of Trustees; and teacher, Scholars Online
  • Senior Warden, St. Barnabas Anglican Church
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