Elected Member

Eric R. Olson

Denver, CO
Olson Grimsley Kawanabe Hinchcliff & Murray LLC
Oberlin College
University of Michigan Law School

Eric most recently served as the Solicitor General of Colorado, where he was lead counsel on five merits cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including defending civil rights in 303 Creative. He led investigations of the Aurora Police and Fire Departments after the killing of Elijah McClain that resulted in one of the first state consent decrees in the country and the Catholic Church for child sex abuse. Eric also designed and executed settlement strategies with McKinsey that led to a $573 million, 49-state settlement for its work contributing to the opioid crisis and separately with local governments for a first-in-the-country agreement that brought $740 million in opioid settlements to Colorado. Eric received the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Performance and the Mentor of the Year Award.

Eric previously was a trial lawyer at Bartlit Beck for 16 years where he tried cases to verdict in seven states and served in leadership roles in three major MDLs including trying an MDL class action case to verdict and arguing before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.

Eric clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, D.C. Circuit Judge Harry Edwards, and chair of the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation, District Court Judge John Heyburn in Kentucky.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, the former Board Chair of the Colorado Legal Aid Foundation, and a board member of the Heyburn Initiative for Excellence in the Federal Judiciary.

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Areas of Expertise
Administrative Law
Appellate Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
Complex Litigation
Constitutional Law