Karl F. Oles

Karl F. Oles
Partner
Seattle, WA
Overview

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 has served as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s construction panel. He is coauthor of the current standard treatise on Washington lien law.

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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Litigation-Construction), 2013-2018
  • A member of one of only 13 law firms nationwide to receive the National Tier 1 ranking in Construction Law from U.S.  News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” since the survey’s inception.
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Construction Litigation, Business Litigation), 2003-2007, 2016-2017
  • Member, Design-Build Institute of America
  • Past Chair, Construction Section, Washington State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Board Member, ACE Mentors of Washington
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees, Episcopal Retirement Communities
  • Member, Board of Trustee, Scholars Online
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “ ‘Lien on Me’: Washington Construction Lien Statutes Applied to Four Scenarios,” WSBA Construction Section Annual Seminar - Washington Statutes Affecting Construction, Seattle, Washington, June 9, 2017
  • Panelist, "Setting the Stage: Preparing for the Preliminary Hearing in Arbitration," 23rd Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, Seattle, Washington, March 2017
  • "Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst - Drafting  Construction or Design Contracts," Daily Journal of Commerce, March 2016
  • “Washington Construction Liens: Key Considerations for Owners,” Washington State Bar Association Annual Spring Update, Seattle, Washington, 2015
  • An Introduction to Design-Build for Public Project Delivery,” Daily Journal of Commerce, May 2015
  • “Avoiding Litigation,” Stoel Rives Straight Talk Seminar, 2014
  • “Lien Rights of Architects and Engineers,” Daily Journal of Commerce, May 2014
  • The Construction Lien in Washington: A Legal Analysis for the Construction Industry,” coauthor, Stoel Rives LLP, 2014 Edition
  • “Brightwater Jury Trial,” seminar, Washington State Bar Construction Section, 2013
  • “Resolving Disputes Economically,” Stoel Rives Straight Talk Seminar, 2013
  • Moderator, “The Construction Contracts Program: Understanding and Negotiating the Clauses in the New Industry Form Documents,” American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, Seattle, Washington, Nov. 2011
  • “Washington Procurement Rules and Regulations”, coauthor, Guide to State Procurement, American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law, 2011
  • “Take Your Lawyer to Lunch,” Daily Journal of Commerce, 2011
  • “Questions Contractors Should Ask About Their Forms,” Daily Journal of Commerce, 2011
  • “Disputes Between Contractors and Subcontractors,” Alaska’s Preeminent Construction Law Conference, The Seminar Group, Anchorage, Alaska, Oct. 2010
  • “Setting Up Shop: Design, Engineering, Construction and Turbine Purchase Agreements,” coauthor, Lava Law: Legal Issues in Geothermal Energy Development, Stoel Rives LLP, 2010
  • “Design, Engineering, Construction and Turbine Purchase Agreements,” coauthor, The Law of Wind: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2008
  • “Solar Energy System Design, Engineering, Construction and Installation Agreements,” coauthor, Lex Helius—The Law of Solar Energy: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2008
  • “Ease into ‘08 with a Crash Course in Subpoenas,” The Daily Journal of Commerce, Oregon, 2008
  • “Who’s Steering the Ship? Construction Administration by Design Professionals and Agency Construction Managers,” American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, 2007
  • “Contractors Eyeing Washington Must Heed State Statutes,” The Daily Journal of Commerce, Oregon, 2007
  • “Setting Up Shop: Design, Engineering and Construction for Biofuels Plants,” coauthor, The Law of Biofuels: A Guide to Business and Legal Issues, Stoel Rives LLP, 2007
  • “Construction Contract Formation and Drafting,” Lorman Education Services, Comprehensive Construction Law in Washington, Seattle, Washington, 2006
  • “Delay Claim Damages Measurement,” seminar, Contract Solutions Group, Seattle, Washington, 2006
  • “Beating Difficult Contract Clauses,” seminar, Washington State Bar Construction Section, Seattle, Washington, 2005
  • “Avoiding Claims: Case Studies and Lessons Learned on Recent Public Projects,” seminar, Washington State Bar Construction Section, Seattle, Washington, 2003
  • “Working with the Construction Expert,” seminar, Washington State Bar Construction Section, Seattle, Washington, 2002
  • “Parties and Claim Theories in Construction Cases,” seminar, Washington State Bar Construction Section, Seattle, Washington, 2002



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