Karl Oles

Karl Oles

Karl Oles, a partner of the firm practicing in the Construction and Design group, has for more than 30 years 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 (available for free by following this link). He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© for Litigation-Construction from 2013 to 2018.

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Keep An Eye On This Major Seattle Project

On January 6, 2011, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) signed a contract with Seattle Tunnel Partners for the biggest piece of the SR 99 Viaduct replacement project, the 1.7 mile long tunnel carrying traffic from the south end of the Seattle waterfront to near the Seattle Center.  This is a design-build contract with … Continue Reading

Washington Supreme Court Re-Examines Economic Loss Rule

The Economic Loss Rule plays an important part in construction disputes, but it has not been clearly defined or understood, or so the Washington Supreme Court has recently stated. The Economic Loss Rule has been generally described as applying to “economic damages” in cases where the plaintiff has a contract that addresses or could reasonably address the … Continue Reading

Washington Court Holds Statute of Limitations Doesn’t Apply to Arbitration

  Contributor:  Stephen P. Kelly In Broom v. Morgan Stanley DW, Inc., the Washington State Supreme Court held that state statute of limitations did not apply to a contractual arbitration. The arbitrators of an investment-related dispute had dismissed certain claims because plaintiffs failed to bring them before the applicable statutes of limitations lapsed. Analyzing the Washington statute of … Continue Reading

Government Involvement Has Consequences (Part 2)

Here is list of laws that may apply to projects in which the federal government is involved. These reflections about government involvement are prompted by recent changes to the Federal Acquisition Regulations that give federal contractors an affirmative duty to disclose any “credible evidence” that comes to their attention of (a) the violation of certain criminal … Continue Reading

Government Involvement Has Consequences (Part 1)

In an effort to stimulate the economy, federal and state government agencies are seeking to promote new construction projects. This trend of government involvement in construction projects is likely to continue. When the government is involved, it is important to know whether this involvement causes public contracting laws to apply. Governmental involvement in a construction … Continue Reading

Unexpected Risk for Engineering Corporations

The Washington statute governing registration of engineers, RCW 18.43, establishes a licensing board with jurisdiction over disciplinary proceedings against engineers. Under RCW 18.43.130, a corporation may engage in engineering if the corporation submits an application to the board that designates a licensed engineer as “responsible for the practice of engineering by the corporation in this … Continue Reading
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