Rob Olson - Senior Counsel

Rob Olson is Senior Counsel in the San Diego office and a member of the Complex Trial Team. Mr. Olson has specialized experience handling all types of personal injury lawsuits – from major brain and concussions injuries to minortrip and falls. Mr. Olson also has litigation experience with regards to complex multi-party matters, toxic tort, professional liability, aviation, and maritime matters.

Mr. Olson has extensive experience in state and federal Courts throughout California. Mr. Olson approaches each matter by tapping into his unique military training, specifically applying the military’s planning process to achieve timely and successful resolutions. His approach to litigation has enabled him to successfully preclude plaintiffs from getting punitive damages in every case he has handled. Moreover, he recently won a new trial motion that eliminating a $2 million pain and suffering award.

Mr. Olson earned his J.D. from the University of San Diego, School of Law. He received his undergraduate degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in New York, where he earned his B.S. in Maritime Logistics with a Minor in Marine Engineering. He is originally from Atlanta, Georgia but considers San Diego home and cheers for the Padres. Mr. Olson is a recipient of four Navy Commendation Medal, two Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Sikorsky Rescue Award. Mr. Olson is also a Commander in the United States Navy Reserve. He flew helicopters for 11 years and flew combat missions in the Southern Philippines and completed a tour in the Middle East. He now supports the military’s strategic and operational planning process at Third Fleet.

In his free time, Mr. Olson enjoys attending Padres games. He is also an avid Georgia Bulldogs fan. He also enjoys spending time with his family, whether it be camping with the Boy Scouts or exploring the museums and beaches throughout Southern California.

Recent Posts

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