Theodore B. Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Washington, D.C. office; a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Appellate and Constitutional Law Group and the firm’s Crisis Management Team.
Mr. Olson was Solicitor General of the United States from 2001-2004. From 1981-1984 he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice.
Mr. Olson is one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates. He has argued 55 cases in the Supreme Court.
As Solicitor General, during the presidency of George W. Bush, Mr. Olson was the Government’s principal advocate in the United States Supreme Court. As Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel during the Reagan Administration, Mr. Olson was the Executive Branch’s principal legal adviser.
Mr. Olson has also served as private counsel for Presidents Ronald W. Reagan and George W. Bush. He has twice received the United States Department of Justice’s Edmund J. Randolph Award, its highest award for public service and leadership. He has also been awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian award for his advocacy in the courts of the United States, including the Supreme Court, on behalf of that Department. He was a visiting scholar at the National Constitution Center in 2007.
Mr. Olson served in the President’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board from 2006 to 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. He is also a member of The Steering Committee on The Sandra Day O’Connor Project on the State of the Judiciary.
Mr. Olson is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. The National Law Journal has repeatedly listed him as one of America’s Most Influential Lawyers. The American Lawyer and Legal Times have characterized Mr. Olson as one of America’s leading advocates. In December of 2007, Washingtonian magazine listed him as number one on its list of the finest lawyers in the nation’s capital.