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Portrait of Steven J. Olson

Steven J. Olson


O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Steven J. Olson is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where he serves as firm-wide co-chair of the white collar defense and corporate investigations practice. He also serves on the firm’s management committee. As a former federal prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, he represents companies, boards of directors, and executives in criminal and civil matters against government enforcement agencies. He also advises companies and boards of directors in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations. He has been recognized by legal directories Chambers USA and Legal 500 as among the leading attorneys in the nation for white collar crime and investigations. In addition to white collar matters, he represents clients in general corporate litigation and regulatory issues. From 2011 to 2013, he served as deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to the US commerce secretary. During that time, he helped launch SelectUSA, the federal program to attract increased investment in the United States by international businesses. He is a trustee of Occidental College, chair of the World Trade Center Los Angeles and its annual international investment conference Select LA, and a board member for Rose Bowl Legacy. He became a member of the PPIC board of directors in 2022, is a past member of the PPIC Statewide Leadership Council, and a current member of the PPIC Economic Policy Center Advisory Council. The Los Angeles Business Journal has repeatedly named him among the most influential people in Los Angeles. He earned his JD from the University of Michigan and his BA from Stanford University.