Mr. Olson counsels individual executives and boards of directors in a wide range of matters, including transactions, corporate governance and executive compensation. He has also been the lead partner in numerous high-profile litigation matters. Mr. Olson is ranked among Chambers USA’s Senior Statesmen in California litigation.
Mr. Olson is a director of Berkshire Hathaway, Western Asset Trusts and Provivi. He was a director of Edison International (1995-2014), a director of City National Bank (2001-2014) and a director of The Washington Post Company (2003-2017). He serves as a director of several nonprofits, including the California Institute of Technology and ProPublica. He was chairman of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section (1981-1982), the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary (1991-1992), the American Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (1976-1986) and Vice President of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California (1986-1987). He was also chairman of the board of trustees of Claremont University Center and Graduate School (1984-1994), founding chairman of the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (1999-2004), a trustee of the Mayo Clinic (2004-2016), a trustee of the RAND Corporation (1994-2016 and formerly chair) and a director of the Council on Foreign Relations (2002-2010).
Mr. Olson has been actively involved in legal and public affairs including:
- The Ron Olson Justice Center (headquarters of the Los Angeles Legal Aid Foundation)
- American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
- Fellow, American Law Institute
- Fellow, The American Bar Foundation
- Counsel for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Past General Counsel to the California Democratic Party