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Douglas S. Oles, FCIArb

  • Attorney at Law
  • Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker, LLP
  • 600 University Street
    Suite 1800
  • Seattle, Washington 98101-3930
  • Email:
  • Phone: (206) 623-3427
  • Cell:
  • Company Phone: (206) 623-3427
  • Fax: (206) 682-6234


  • Undergraduate: AB History Stanford University
  • Law School: Juris Doctor University of Washington

Honors and Activities

Stanford University:

Phi Beta Kappa
Graduation with Distinction
History Department Honors

University of Washington School of Law:

Graduation with Honors
Executive Editor, Washington Law Review

Career History

  • 1979-1981:Clerk, U.S. District Court (W.D. Wa.)
  • 1981-1987:Associate, Oles Morrison & Rinker LLP
  • 1987- : Partner, Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP
  • 2009: JAMS Global Engineering & Construction panel
  • 2012:  JAMS GEC Board
  • 2017: ACCL President-Elect


For more than 30 years, Mr. Oles has handled a wide range of matters in litigation, transactional contract work, and alternative dispute resolution.  He has also participated extensively in pro bono leadership in the American Bar Association, American College of Construction Lawyers, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, Society of Construction Law, the International Bar Assocation, and the International Academy of Construction Lawyers.  He has acted for clients in all segments of the construction industry and has also participated in a range of international commercial transactions.

Professional Activities

  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry:
    Chair of International Contracting Division (1993-97)
    Editor, The Construction Lawyer (1997-2000)
    Governing Committee (2000-03)
    Chair of Publications Committee (2003-2004)
    National Chair (2005-06)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • JAMS, Global Engineering & Construction panel neutral
  • President-Elect, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Honourary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Fellow, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Founding Member, Society of Construction Law of North America

Honors and Awards

  • Washington Super Lawyer (since 2002)
  • Lawdragon 3000 Leading Lawyers in America
  • International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers
  • Who’s Who in America


Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

“Civil and Common Law Approaches to Contract Interpretation” presented to the IBA in Sydney, Australia (October 2017) (upcoming)

“The New U.S. Administration” presented to the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers (May 2017)

“Security and Promptness of Payment” and “Avoiding and Resolving Problems with EPC and Design-Build Construction” presented to the Society of Construction Law in São Paulo, Brazil (September 2016)

“Arbitration with a Passport? Comparing Domestic and International Arbitration” presented to the Construction Superconference in San Diego” (December 2015)

“Why Do Mediations Fail?” presented to the IBA in Vienna, Austria (October 2015)

“Choosing Governing Law and Venue for Disputes in International Arbitration,” presented to the Society of Construction Law in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2014)

“Legal Obstacles to Energy Projects”, presented to the IBA in Berlin, Germany (April 2014)

“Anti-Corruption Legislation in the United States”, presented to the CCCL annual conference in Montreal, Quebec (May 2013)

“Differing Site Conditions in International Contracts”, presented to the SCL international construction conference in Hong Kong, China (December 2010)

“Dispute Review Boards”, presented to the SCL international construction conference in London, England (October 2008)

“Construction Damages and Remedies”, co-author (2d ed. 2012)

“Washington Building Contracts and Construction Law, co-editor (Michie 1996)

“Cities of the Classical World” (editor) (Allen Lane: 2011)

[and many other papers presented at the London International Construction Superconference and to the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry]

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Washington
  • U.S. District Court (W.D. and E.D. Wa.)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Claims Court

Community Activities

President, The Rainier Club (Seattle) (2007-08)

Life member, British Institute of Archaeology at Ankara

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