LACBA Update Back Issues - June 2015

Ronald L. Olson Will Receive LACBA’s Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award on June 25

The award will be presented during the 2015 LACBA Installation and Awards Dinner. 

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) will present one of its highest honors—the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award—to Ronald L. Olson for his extraordinary career of serving clients of national and global importance, while improving and developing alternative methods to achieve resolutions in our justice system and increasing access to justice.

The award will be presented on June 25 during LACBA’s 2015 Installation and Awards Dinner at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.

“We commend Mr. Olson for his work on innovative resolutions to high-profile, high-impact cases, and his leadership of law-related non-profits serving our communities,” said Linda L. Curtis, LACBA President. “His cases have set national precedent and impacted the very way in which we practice law and resolve cases today.”

Upon learning of the award, Mr. Olson said, “I am deeply appreciative of this recognition from my home bar association and its many members with whom I have shared my professional life. I am humbled by the prior recipients of the Shattuck-Price Award, several of whom were my mentors.”

Mr. Olson is a name partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson where he has earned a reputation as one of the country’s leading corporate litigators and counselors. He has helped change the way in which cases are resolved by helping to define and promote the use of alternative dispute resolution.

Throughout his extraordinary career, he has counseled executives, boards of directors, and corporations on a wide range of matters, including Berkshire Hathaway, PepsiCo, and the founders of Google. 

His litigation has reached from representation of the Getty Museum regarding foreign government claims to its antiquities collection, the Republic of the Philippines against the Marcos family, and major oil companies in the Exxon-Valdez oil spill to current representations of the NFL regarding concussion and antitrust cases, the NCAA in its defense of amateurism challenged by class actions seeking payment for Division 1 football and basketball players, the Tokyo Electric Power Company regarding the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the Imperial Irrigation District regarding Colorado River water rights and the restoration of the Salton Sea.

Mr. Olson was also one of the attorneys leading the recently concluded litigation that secured a fundamental change in how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) treats homeless veterans. The lawsuit charged the VA with failing to care for mentally impaired homeless veterans and misuse of its 400-acre campus in West Los Angeles. In settlement, the VA agreed to develop a comprehensive plan for the campus to serve female, severely disabled, aging, and homeless veterans. In addition, the VA agreed to accelerate the creation of a new long-term master plan outlining the future use of the West Los Angeles VA campus with a focus on supportive housing and services designed to rehabilitate the veterans to enable their return to their home communities and a productive life.

He generously gives of his time serving as a director, board member, or trustee for more than a dozen organizations, including the nonprofits RAND Corporation, California Institute of Technology, and Mayo Clinic. He was also the founding chairman of the board of trustees of Southern California Public Radio (KPCC) and chairman of the Claremont Graduate School.

Mr. Olson also served on the California State Bar Board of Governors and the LACBA Board of Trustees.

He holds a baccalaureate degree from Drake University, a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan, and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University, England, at which time he was the recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship.

About the Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award. The Shattuck-Price Outstanding Lawyer Award was established in 1968 to honor two former LACBA presidents who died in office, Edward S. Shattuck in 1965 and Ira M. Price II in 1967.