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Kevin D.Oles

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Kevin D.Oles

Senior Managing Associate

Focus Areas


Kevin’s construction experience ranges from project delivery counseling, drafting and negotiating contracts, assisting clients in evaluating claims for defect, delay and prolongation, and representing clients in disputes. Kevin has experience in megaprojects, energy and heavy industry works, national security infrastructure, airports and land reclamation. Representative projects include:

  • Advising one of the world’s largest energy companies on new construction projects, including transmission lines, expansion of transmission lines and other infrastructure improvements. Drafted and negotiated multiple EPC agreements with international contractors.
  • Advising OEM equipment supplier delivering power plant equipment on contract dispute including delay analysis evaluation and contract closeout with the plant owner.
  • Advising multifamily housing developing in the drafting of multifamily construction projects.
  • Defense of prime contractor for a hospital construction project, evaluating subcontractor claims, mechanic’s lien discharge applications, and claims negotiations.
  • Assisting an owner in project delivery, contract drafting and negotiations for a new wing to the owner’s corporate headquarters
  • Representing landlords and tenants during lease drafting and negotiations.
  • Assisting subcontractor in defending claims of defective construction of a multi-family construction project.
  • Representing surveying and inspecting companies for damage claims arising from pipeline construction in Southern Ohio.
  • Representing pipeline contractors in state and federal courts regarding claims for outstanding payment, defect claims, and disputed change orders.
  • Advising and counseling the Hamad International Airport Steering Committee, including counseling owner regarding the construction of the $20 billion Hamad International Airport. This included serving as project counsel, claims review, and advising on litigation strategy and ADR matters.
  • Defending owner in arbitration against claims arising for the design and build of a national security infrastructure project, including delay, prolongation, disputed variations and liquidated damages claims. Representation included drafting briefs and representing client at arbitration hearings.
  • Representing governmental owner in mediation and litigation for claims arising from a multi-billion dollar infrastructure project, including preparing claims, researching and drafting requests for arbitration, and working with experts to identify and quantify delay claims, master planning works deficiencies, infrastructure systems design and construction defects (including MEP, wastewater and security systems), contract management and administration failures, and problems arising from the design, build and project management of the construction of a megaproject and associated facilities.
  • Advising and counseling international joint venture contractor performing services for the construction of the Riyadh metro system on contract issues.
  • Advising bid-build contractor road failure claims, including representing client during bilingual mediation proceedings and related litigation.
  • Counseling MEP subcontractor on construction issues, rights upon termination of contract, assisting in developing warranty claims, and drafting project correspondence

International Arbitration and Cross-Border Disputes

Kevin counsels and represents in international arbitration proceedings, including the analysis of relevant national laws and enforcement of judgments both in the United States and overseas. Representative disputes include:

  • Representing an international bank in an ICC arbitration (New York seat) on claims for breach of contract, fraud and fraudulent inducement, including drafting statement of claim and counseling client on arbitral proceedings.
  • Representing supply chain and logistics provider regarding potential FCPA and criminal issues regarding U.S./Mexico border crossing.
  • Representing Qatar government in ICC arbitration proceedings, including arbitration hearings (Doha, Qatar seat).
  • Representing Qatar government in ICC arbitration proceedings (London seat), including drafting claim documents, representing client at mediation, drafting documents in arbitration, and working with experts to develop claims.
  • Representing Malaysian contractor in foreign state proceedings, including mediation and litigation, including consultation with local counsel.
  • Lecturer for “International Business Arbitration” and “Workshop on International Arbitration,” The Ohio State University American Law and Language Program, 2019-2021
  • “International Arbitration,” The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, September 2018
  • “Drafting Arbitration Clauses,” International Chamber of Commerce Qatar, January 2017
  • “ICC Arbitration: Understanding the Basics,” International Chamber of Commerce Qatar, April 2016
  • Received a 2022 and 2023 Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch recognition for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction Law, and Litigation-Construction; included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Construction Law

Professional Associations

  • Society of Construction Law (Gulf)
  • Builders Exchange of Central Ohio

Community Activity

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law
  • Leadership Columbus, Class of 2023
  • L.L.M. Advisory Council, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Advisor and coach, International Moot Court Team, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
  • Advisor to the Catholic Foundation of Ohio on facility concept design and construction


  • The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, J.D., 2010,
    cum laude

    editor in chief, Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2005

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio