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Robert A. Olson

Biography

More than 30 years ago Bob Olson found his passion and calling for appellate law.  It started with a clerkship with Hon. Anthony Kennedy, then on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after graduating Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School.  He eventually found his way to GMSR where he has practiced for nearly three decades.

Bob is a leader of the appellate bar, a past president of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and a past president of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.  He has been a California Lawyer of the Year and recognized as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.” He has represented individuals, companies, insurers and public entities in the California Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the California Courts of Appeal.  He also actively collaborates with local counsel on cases before several state Supreme Courts.

Bob has a breadth of experience, which helps in placing difficult cases in a context that will enhance the likelihood of success.  He has particular expertise, and successful appellate outcomes, in matters of insurance coverage and bad faith, tort liability, contract—including entertainment contract—claims, anti-SLAPP and defamation, and arbitration.

High Impact Wins

2015

Sterling v. Sterling (2015) 242 Cal.App.4th 185

Affirming sale of Los Angeles Clippers.

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2015

Sanchez v. Valencia Holding Co., LLC (2015) 61 Cal.4th 899

Determining that standard arbitration clause is not unconscionable.

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2013

Farmers Insurance Exchange v. Superior Court (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 1199

Writ petition establishing critical insurance doctrine.

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2012

Celador Internat., Inc. v. American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. (9th Cir. 2012) 499 Fed.Appx. 721

$300 Million “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” Verdict Against Disney Affirmed

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2011

Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions, Inc. (2011) 52 Cal.4th 541 (amicus)

Critical amicus involvement in limiting medical damage claims.

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2010

Ladd v. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. (2010) 184 Cal.App.4th 1298

Obtained groundbreaking royalties for film producer.

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Publications

Speaking and Involvement

2016
The Year in Review: A Summary of Recent Cases, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (1996 to Present)
2014
"How to Use Amicus Support Effectively," Beverly Hills Bar Association
2011
"Howell v. Hamilton Meats: What it Means, How to Take Advantage of it & What’s Left," Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
2011
"About Face! Howell Reverses Direction in the Supreme Court," Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada
2007
"Update on Insurance Issues," Lorman Education Services, Costa Mesa
2007
"Winning Strategies Using Legislative Intent", State Bar of California Annual Meeting
2007
"Appellate Practice in the 2nd District Court of Appeal", Bar Association of San Franscisco's Appellate Courts Committee, San Francisco
1998
Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles (appellate advocacy)

Professional Associations

California Judicial Council: Civil and Small Claims Advisory Committee
Past President, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Los Angeles County Bar Association: Appellate Courts Committee
Past President, Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
Association of Business and Trial Lawyers
The Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI)
Beverly Hills Bar Association