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Theodore B. Olson

Attorney and former U.S. Solicitor General

Theodore B. Olson is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the international law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Appellate and Constitutional Law and Crisis Management Practice groups.

He was Solicitor General of the United States from 2001-2004 and Assistant Attorney General in charge of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel from 1981-1984.

Mr. Olson has argued 60 cases before the United States Supreme Court including the Bush v. Gore cases, McConnell v. FEC, Citizens United v. FEC, Caperton v. Massey, Rasul v. Bush, and the recent challenge to California’s Proposition 8, Hollingsworth v. Perry, as well as cases involving telecommunications, antitrust, the environment, patents, constitutional provisions and many other subjects.  His clients have included Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

In 2010, Mr. Olson was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and by The Huffington Post as one of "100 Gamechangers."  In 2011, he was awarded the American Bar Association Award, its highest honor.

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