ERIK A. OLSON

Erik A, OlsonTrials and appeals are the specialty and focus of Erik Olson’s law practice. Erik has tried numerous cases to successful final judgment or verdict, won several appeals resulting in significant decisions in Utah law, prevailed in many dozens of lawsuits in advance of trial, and obtained hundreds of favorable client settlements. Erik has been recognized by his peers as one of the leading trial lawyers in Utah, appearing annually in rankings by Mountain States Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers of America, and the Utah Business Legal Elite.

From 2013 through 2017, Erik has been named by his peers to Super Lawyers’ List of Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers, selected from among the approximately 20,000 attorneys in all disciplines in Utah, Nevada, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming.

Erik handles all varieties of business litigation cases from start to finish, ranging from simple contract disputes to massive, bet-the-company lawsuits.  Erik has significant experience in real estate matters, fights between employers and former employees over noncompetes and other employment covenants (typically in TRO and preliminary injunction proceedings), business breakups, intellectual property disputes, and other contentious and complex matters. Erik is well versed in antitrust law and the application of economic principles to litigation matters. Additionally, he has collected millions of dollars for banks, private lenders, and judgment creditors in complex matters often involving alter ego claims, fraudulent transfers, and successor liability.

After creating a name for himself as head of a team of nearly 40 litigators at one of Utah’s
finest law firms, Erik founded Marshall Olson & Hull to provide top-quality litigation work
in a lean, nimble setting, and the Firm quickly became recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers as a Tier 1 Commercial Litigation firm.

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EDUCATION

University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law – J.D. (1999)

  • Editor-in-Chief, Utah Law Review
  • Finalist, Traynor Moot Court Competition

University of Utah – B.A., English (1996)

CLERKSHIP

Utah Supreme Court, Associate Chief Justice Leonard H. Russon (1999 to 2000)

ADMISSIONS TO PRACTICE

All Utah State & Federal Courts

United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Federal Claims

HONORS AND AWARDS

Named by Super Lawyers to List of Top 100 Mountain States Super Lawyers (2013 to 2017)

Named as a Mountain States Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008 to 2011) and “Super Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation (2012 to 2017)

Listed in Best Lawyers of America for Commercial Litigation (2012 to 2017)

AV Rating (highest rating) from Martindale Hubbell

Named in Utah Business Magazine’s “Legal Elite” (2007 to 2017)

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES

Adjunct Professor of Law, Pretrial Practice Course, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (2013 to present)

Judge Pro Tempore, Salt Lake City Justice Court (2002 to 2016)

Board Member, Utah Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (2010 to present)

Young Alumni Association Board Member, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (2006 to 2009)

President and Founding Board Member, Canyon Rim Academy Charter School (2006 to present)

Member of Mi Duole Road Cycling Club, Founded in 1984

Former Party Precinct Chairman and State Party Delegate

USSF-Licensed Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach (2003 to present)

LANGUAGES

Italian and conversational French

APPELLATE DECISIONS

Nebeker v. National Auto Plaza, No. 2:13-cv-885-BSJ, 2015 WL 736867 (D. Utah Feb. 19, 2015), affirmed, No. 15-4035 (10th Cir. 2016)

InnoSys, Inc. v. Mercer, 364 P.3d 1013 (Utah 2015)

Wilderness Training & Consulting, LLC v. Aspen Educ. Grp., Inc., No. 14–866, 2015 WL 686019 (D. Utah Feb. 18, 2015)

Hogan v. Winderet al., No. 2:12-cv-123-TS, 2012 WL 4356326 (D. Utah Sept. 24, 2012), affirmed, 762 F.3d 1096 (10th Cir. 2014)

Bel Courtyard Investments, Inc. v. Wolfe, 310 P.3d 747 (Utah Ct. App. 2013)

Kenny v. Rich, 186 P.3d 989 (Utah Ct. App. 2008), cert. denied, 199 P.3d 970 (Utah 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 1628 (2009)

Ellsworth Paulsen Construction Co. v. 51-SPR-L.L.C., 144 P.3d 261 (Utah Ct. App. 2006), affirmed, 183 P.3d 248 (Utah 2008)

TruGreen Companies, LLC v. Scotts Lawn Service, 199 P.3d 929 (Utah 2008)

Ashton v. Learnframe, Inc., 185 P.3d 1135 (Utah Ct. App. 2008), cert. denied, 199 P.3d 970 (Utah 2008), summary disposition granted, 2009 UT App 172

Wadsworth Lake Park, LLC v. Spillman Technologies, Inc., 2009 UT App 210, 2010 UT App 210

Phone Directories Co. v. Clark, 209 Fed. Appx. 808 (10th Cir. 2006)

Aris Vision Institute, Inc. v. Wasatch Property Management, Inc., 143 P.3d 278 (Utah 2006), affirming 121 P.3d 24 (Utah Ct. App. 2005)

Still Standing Stable, LLC v. Allen, 122 P.3d 556 (Utah 2005)

Jacobsen Constr. Co. v. Teton Builders, 106 P.3d 719 (Utah 2005)