Walter K. Olson Biography
leading authority on over-litigation". That's what Investor's
Business Daily has called Walter Olson, whose writings have helped
set the terms of debate about the excesses of the nation's civil
justice system. His latest book,
The Rule of
Lawyers (St. Martin's, 2003) has been hailed everywhere from
Barron's (a "marvelous combination of irony, insight and outrage")
and Forbes ("truly gripping" and "brilliant") to The American Lawyer
("wry, amusing", "provocative and enjoyable").
Excuse Factory (Free Press, 1997), his book on litigation in
the workplace, was met with accolades in the London Times (which
called it "riveting"), and the A.B.A. Journal ("wittily scathing").
His widely discussed first book,
Litigation Explosion (Dutton, 1991), was cited by Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor in a major Supreme Court opinion. The
Washington Post has dubbed Olson an "intellectual guru of tort
A longtime senior fellow
Manhattan Institute, the think tank in New York City, Mr.
appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street
Journal, the New York Times, the New York Post and Reason. He has
served as an adviser to a number of campaigns, transition teams and
administrations, including George W. Bush's successful 2000
presidential campaign. An experienced public speaker, he has
appeared numerous times before Congress and has approximately 400
broadcast appearances under his belt, including all the
major news networks, "Crossfire", "MacNeil-Lehrer", "Oprah",
"Donahue". He founded and continues to publish the widely
Overlawyered.com, a mix of serious and entertaining
A Yale graduate and
father, he resides in the New York area.