Oliver Lock Holmes
has more than 35 years of experience in all aspects of public contracting. He represents clients seeking government contract awards, negotiating contracts with public agencies, and resolving public contract disputes through ADR and litigation. Mr. Holmes has handled dozens of complex construction and supply cases, from award through final resolution of disputes in mediation, arbitration, court and jury trials. He also advises clients developing and operating facilities under public-private partnerships, franchises and concession agreements with government agencies.
His clients include construction contractors, engineers and architects involved in public works projects in the United States and abroad. He also represents equipment suppliers and others selling goods and services to an array of government agencies at the local, national and international level. Many of his clients are involved in developing complex engineering and technology projects for public agencies, including high-speed rail and other infrastructure projects, as well as computer and communications systems.
Mr. Holmes is a member of the Section on Public Contract Law of the American Bar Association, the Public Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Legal Advisory Committee of the Associated General Contractors of California, the International Bar Association and the London Court of International Arbitration. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and has served on the editorial board of the Public Contract Law Journal. Mr. Holmes co-authored the California State Bar's Handling Breaches of Commercial Code Contracts and recently participated in the preparation of a set of jury instructions for use in construction cases (CACI No. 4500 et seq, Dec. 2010). He is also the author of a chapter on implied duties and obligations in the 2015 edition of the American Bar Association's Model Jury Instructions: Construction Litigation.
Mr. Holmes is a 1973 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where he was associate editor of the Law Review. He received an M.A. from the University of California at Berkeley (1970), and his undergraduate education at the University of York and Antioch College (B.A. 1969).
•Duane Morris LLP
•Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, San Francisco, California
•Pettit & Martin, San Francisco, California
•Member, Editorial Board of Public Contract Law Journal, 1992-1995
•Member, University of Chicago Law School Visiting Committee, 1986-89
•fellow, American Bar Foundation, 2007
Honors & Awards
•Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012 and 2013
•Listed in California Super Lawyers, 2006 and 2010
•AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
•Chapter 4, Implied Duties and Obligations in Construction Contracts, Model Jury Instructions: Construction Litigation, ABA Book Publishing, 2nd Ed. 2015
• Developing Airport Infrastructure - 21st Century Challenges, International Construction SuperConference, London, May 2006
• Delivering Infrastructure Projects Under Public-Private Partnerships, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2003
•California Commercial Code Jury Instructions, Volume II, Matthew Bender, 1986
• Rights in Technical Data, Government Contractor Briefing Papers, December 1984
• Patent Rights, Government Contractor Briefing Papers, December 1983
•California Breach of Contract Remedies, CEB Publishers, 1980
Selected Speaking Engagements
•Speaker, Public-Private Partnership, American Bar Association Section of Public Contract Law, May 13, 2011
•Session Chair, Jury Instructions, New Standards for Construction Cases, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2010
•Session Chair, On Track: California High-Speed Rail, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2009
•Session Chair, Panel on International Arbitration of Construction Disputes before ICC, LCIA and Other Bodies, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2008
•Session Chair, Workshop on Jury Trials in Construction Cases, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2007
•Session Chair/Presenter, Panel on Developing Airport Infrastructure, International Construction SuperConference, London, May 2006
•Presenter, Panel on Public-Private Partnerships, Construction SuperConference, San Francisco, December 2003
American Bar Foundation, 2007