Eric D. Olson

Areas of Practice
  • International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution
  • Maritime and Shipbuilding
  • Banking and Financial Services Litigation
  • International Trade and Commerce
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Cross-Border Insolvency and Creditor Rights
  • Appellate

University of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1998; University of California, Berkeley, B.A. with Highest Honors, 1995

Languages Spoken
  • English
  • Korean (non-fluent)

Los Angeles Office
Orange County Office


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Eric D. Olson is dual-qualified as a United States (California) attorney and Solicitor of England and Wales and has a complex international litigation, arbitration, and strategic counseling practice. Mr. Olson represents clients in commercial disputes before state and federal courts, in international litigation and arbitration matters, and in sensitive investigations and government inquiries.  Mr. Olson leads the firm’s International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution, Maritime, Bankruptcy and Cross-Border Insolvency and Banking and Financial Services Litigation practices.

A large portion of Mr. Olson’s practice involves cross-border issues arising from international trade and commerce.  Mr. Olson has substantial experience in fields such as maritime and shipbuilding, banking and lending, trade finance and export insurance, competition law, cross-border insolvency, creditor rights enforcement (including in bankruptcy), director and officer liability, real estate, and other commercial disputes in a variety of industries.  Mr. Olson also advises clients in government investigations, including in responding to government subpoenas and inquiries in antitrust and competition-related investigations.

Mr. Olson is an experienced courtroom advocate.  He has successfully conducted trials, mediations, arbitrations, and appeals in U.S. litigation matters.  He also has represented clients in international arbitrations in a variety of international arbitration forums, including the London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

Mr. Olson provides strategic advice and counseling to the firm’s international clients to assist with the management of their cross-border legal matters, both in the United States and elsewhere in the world, where he frequently works with qualified local counsel in multiple Asian and European countries to handle specific client needs in those jurisdictions.  Mr. Olson also assists clients with compliance training on topics including anti-corruption and competition laws. 

Mr. Olson is licensed to practice law in the State of California and has been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of England and Wales.  Mr. Olson is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California. 

Mr. Olson is a member of the Orange County and Los Angeles County bar associations and the International Law and Litigation Sections of the American Bar Association. Mr. Olson also is a member of the International Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the LDS International Society, the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and the Law Society of England & Wales.

Before joining LHDK&W, Mr. Olson practiced law with the international law firms Morrison & Foerster LLP and Bryan Cave LLP.

Mr. Olson’s representative experience at LHDK&W:

Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • Obtained judgment in California court recognizing two Korean court judgments and awarding over $71 million to the firm’s client, a Korean export insurance provider.
  • Represents overseas client as plaintiff in pending fraud action seeking over $137 million in damages arising from a complex trade and export finance scheme.
  • Stopped aggressive enforcement of international arbitration awards in U.S. by obtaining recognition of Korean receivership proceedings through a Chapter 15 cross-border insolvency action filed in the Southern District of Texas. Coordinated local counsel representation in the U.K., Norway, and the Republic of Marshall Islands where related legal actions by arbitration claimants also were filed. The enforcement actions were successfully resolved by global settlements.
  • Defeated a multimillion-dollar contract claim brought against the firm’s overseas manufacturing client by its United States distributor. Successfully defended judgment on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Defeated a series of multimillion-dollar tort and contract claims arising from a failed investment scheme that were asserted against the firm’s banking client.  Successfully defended judgment on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Represented the FDIC receivership for a failed regional bank in Las Vegas, Nevada in a lawsuit against certain former bank directors and officers.  The matter was successfully settled.
  • Defeated multiple lender liability lawsuits on behalf of FDIC receivership for Washington Mutual Bank.
International Arbitration
  • Lead counsel in ICC Arbitration matter filed in Paris, France by an international shipbuilding client pursuing claims against a North African energy company.  The matter was successfully resolved by settlement.
  • Defended international shipbuilding client in multiple London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) arbitrations. One such case resulted in the defeat of claims seeking over $300 million in general damages by a Europe-based counterparty.  Worked closely with English co-counsel on these matters.
  • Represented international shipbuilder in Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) arbitration in a contractual dispute arising from buyer’s termination of contract to build vessel with purchase price of nearly $100 million.  The matter was successfully resolved by settlement.
Strategic Counseling and Investigations
  • Represented overseas company and its US affiliates in a lengthy Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust investigation, including coordinating responses to government subpoenas. The investigation was closed with no adverse action against the firm’s clients.
  • Regularly counsels with a major international container shipping company regarding pre-litigation disputes, port and terminal facility operations, and miscellaneous operational issues.
  • Regularly counsels with international shipbuilding client regarding pre-litigation international contract disputes, settlements and contract modifications, and related matters.
  • Counseled banking client regarding international sanctions issues and liaised with Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on behalf of bank.
  • Conducted investigations into potential liability of certain officers, directors, and other third parties for the FDIC receiverships of two failed banks.
Recent Speaking Events:
  • October 19, 2018: ABA Section of International Law 2018 Fall Conference, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea.  Interim Relief in U.S. and English Courts in Aid of International Arbitration (part of session When Money is Not Enough: Ensuring Equitable Relief is an Option in Arbitrating Technology Agreements)
  • November 2018: Private Maritime Industry Client.  Multi-office, intra-company compliance training seminar.  Anti-Corruption in the Maritime Industry: Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and International Anti-Corruption Laws
  • February 12, 2019: Orange County Bar Association, Section of International Law, Newport Beach, CA.  Pitfalls for the Unwary in Dealing with the FCPA and the U.K. Anti-Bribery Laws
  • April 16, 2019: Orange County Bar Association, Section of Banking & Lending, Newport Beach, CA.  Recent Trends and Cross-Border Issues in Commercial Real Estate Lending