Eric D. Olson


Los Angeles, Newport Beach

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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, 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.

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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Korean (non-fluent)