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Ms. Camille Olson

Biography

Ms. Olson is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of its National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and National Chairperson of its Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group. She is the past National Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Practice Department. Her 25 years of practice have concentrated in all areas of litigation, with a concentration in complex labor and employment law, representing companies nationwide in challenges to the independent contractor status of workers, employment discrimination and harassment matters, and wage and hour matters. Ms. Olson’s trial experience includes lead defense trial counsel in “bet the company” harassment, discrimination, independent contractor, and wage and hour cases. She has also served as outside counsel and independent counsel to individual members of Boards of Directors and Executive Team Members in connection with internal investigations and highly sensitive litigation matters. She has litigated numerous discrimination cases through both successful summary judgment motions and favorable jury verdicts in the context of EEOC pattern and practice multi-plaintiff cases, reductions in force, individual terminations, and harassment allegations. Since 2008 Ms. Olson has been named as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive and LawDragon. She was also voted one of the Top Ten Women Business Lawyers in Illinois. Ms. Olson was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in August 2012. She is regularly lauded by commentaries for her effective litigation style, particularly in complex class discrimination matters. Ms. Olson is consistently rated at the highest level by Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal. Chambers USA recently noted: “Specializing in complex discrimination litigation, Camille Olson is ‘just terrific.’ Everything you hear about her is excellent and she handles the really cutting-edge stuff.” Throughout the last ten years she has also regularly appeared before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the EEOC, and the United States Department of Labor on her own behalf (as a recognized expert in various fields), and on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. In these capacities she has provided the business perspective on proposed legislation to amend the following laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the application of white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. For example, with respect to the Americans with Disabilities Act, throughout 2008 and 2009, Ms. Olson testified before the United States Senate in connection with the contemplated amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, provided guidance in crafting the ADA Amendments Act that became effective on January 1, 2009, provided training sessions on the new ADA throughout the country on behalf of the Society of Human Resources Management, and, in May, 2009 provided comments to the EEOC with respect to the upcoming ADA Amendments Act Regulations. Ms. Olson has also worked closely with employer associations in connection with various issues relating to the OFCCP’s, EEOC’s, and U.S. Department of Labor’s enforcement policies and their effect on employers. Ms. Olson submitted comments on behalf of a coalition of over 20,000 employers on the IRS’ Training Guide “Employee or Independent Contractor?” She has also worked with the National Newspaper Association, the NAA, and the American Association of Independent News Distributors to successfully amend the Internal Revenue Code to add industry specific exemptions excluding newspaper distributors from the definition of employee. In California, she has provided counsel to a number of state lobbying efforts in connection with the application of various child labor restrictions to newspaper solicitors. She regularly represents newspaper associations as amicus curiae before various federal and state agencies on the issue of the appropriate factual and legal analysis to apply to independent contractor status. Ms. Olson has also worked extensively with numerous associations on legal issues relating to the use of non-employee workers, including: Air Courier Conference of America; American Association of Meat Processors; Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Illinois Manufacturers’ Association; Illinois State Chamber of Commerce; Information Technology Association of America; The Management Association of Illinois; Messenger Courier Association of the Americas; Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council; National Association of the Remodeling Industry; National Public Employer Labor Relations Association; New England Newspaper Association; National Tour Association; Newspaper Association of America (NAA); Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce; Northern States Circulation Managers Association; Mississippi Circulation Managers Association; National Newspaper Association; the Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California Newspaper Publishers Association; Association of Free Community Papers; and Inland Press Association. Ms. Olson is a frequent speaker on all human resource issues, and is co-editor ofGuide to Employment Law Compliance published by Thompson (2009). She has also published numerous articles and chapters on various labor issues, and speaks regularly nationally and internationally on complex litigation, discrimination, and non-employee worker matters. She is co-editor of “An Overview of Wage and Hour Laws As They Apply to Newspapers” published by NAA, American Society of Newspaper Editors. Monthly, Ms. Olson publishes a column titled “Ask Seyfarth” that answers a wide range of employment-related questions inThe Inlander. Recently, she has also been quoted on labor and employment issues in publications such as: The New York Times, The Daily Labor Report, The Chicago Tribune, Crains Chicago Business, The Wall Street Journal, Presstime, Editor & Publisher, HR Magazine,and HR Wire. She has been described as “a media law whiz” in the San Francisco Daily Journal. Education • J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1983) • B.A., University of Michigan (1980) Recipient of Highest Honors Award, and Eita Krom Scholar in 1980 For Published Honors Thesis, later republished as, “Effort and Reward: The Assumption that College Grades are Affected by Quantity of Study,” Social Forces, June 1985, Volume 63, Number 4, p. 945-967. Admissions • California • Illinois Courts • United States Supreme Court • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits • U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois

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Ms. Olson is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and a member of its National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and National Chairperson of its Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group. She is the past National Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Practice Department. Her 25 years of practice have concentrated in all areas of litigation, with a concentration in complex labor and employment law, representing companies nationwide in challenges to the independent contractor status of workers, employment discrimination and harassment matters, and wage and hour matters.

Ms. Olson’s trial experience includes lead defense trial counsel in “bet the company” harassment, discrimination, independent contractor, and wage and hour cases. She has also served as outside counsel and independent counsel to individual members of Boards of Directors and Executive Team Members in connection with internal investigations and highly sensitive litigation matters.

She has litigated numerous discrimination cases through both successful summary judgment motions and favorable jury verdicts in the context of EEOC pattern and practice multi-plaintiff cases, reductions in force, individual terminations, and harassment allegations. Since 2008 Ms. Olson has been named as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive and LawDragon. She was also voted one of the Top Ten Women Business Lawyers in Illinois. Ms. Olson was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation in August 2012. She is regularly lauded by commentaries for her effective litigation style, particularly in complex class discrimination matters. Ms. Olson is consistently rated at the highest level by Chambers USA and Who’s Who Legal. Chambers USA recently noted: “Specializing in complex discrimination litigation, Camille Olson is ‘just terrific.’ Everything you hear about her is excellent and she handles the really cutting-edge stuff.”

Throughout the last ten years she has also regularly appeared before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, the EEOC, and the United States Department of Labor on her own behalf (as a recognized expert in various fields), and on behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce and the Society for Human Resource Management. In these capacities she has provided the business perspective on proposed legislation to amend the following laws: the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the application of white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Internal Revenue Code, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act. For example, with respect to the Americans with Disabilities Act, throughout 2008 and 2009, Ms. Olson testified before the United States Senate in connection with the contemplated amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act, provided guidance in crafting the ADA Amendments Act that became effective on January 1, 2009, provided training sessions on the new ADA throughout the country on behalf of the Society of Human Resources Management, and, in May, 2009 provided comments to the EEOC with respect to the upcoming ADA Amendments Act Regulations.

Ms. Olson has also worked closely with employer associations in connection with various issues relating to the OFCCP’s, EEOC’s, and U.S. Department of Labor’s enforcement policies and their effect on employers. Ms. Olson submitted comments on behalf of a coalition of over 20,000 employers on the IRS’ Training Guide “Employee or Independent Contractor?” She has also worked with the National Newspaper Association, the NAA, and the American Association of Independent News Distributors to successfully amend the Internal Revenue Code to add industry specific exemptions excluding newspaper distributors from the definition of employee. In California, she has provided counsel to a number of state lobbying efforts in connection with the application of various child labor restrictions to newspaper solicitors. She regularly represents newspaper associations as amicus curiae before various federal and state agencies on the issue of the appropriate factual and legal analysis to apply to independent contractor status.

Ms. Olson has also worked extensively with numerous associations on legal issues relating to the use of non-employee workers, including: Air Courier Conference of America; American Association of Meat Processors; Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce; Illinois Manufacturers’ Association; Illinois State Chamber of Commerce; Information Technology Association of America; The Management Association of Illinois; Messenger Courier Association of the Americas; Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council; National Association of the Remodeling Industry; National Public Employer Labor Relations Association; New England Newspaper Association; National Tour Association; Newspaper Association of America (NAA); Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce; Northern States Circulation Managers Association; Mississippi Circulation Managers Association; National Newspaper Association; the Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania and California Newspaper Publishers Association; Association of Free Community Papers; and Inland Press Association.

Ms. Olson is a frequent speaker on all human resource issues, and is co-editor ofGuide to Employment Law Compliance published by Thompson (2009). She has also published numerous articles and chapters on various labor issues, and speaks regularly nationally and internationally on complex litigation, discrimination, and non-employee worker matters. She is co-editor of “An Overview of Wage and Hour Laws As They Apply to Newspapers” published by NAA, American Society of Newspaper Editors. Monthly, Ms. Olson publishes a column titled “Ask Seyfarth” that answers a wide range of employment-related questions inThe Inlander. Recently, she has also been quoted on labor and employment issues in publications such as: The New York Times, The Daily Labor Report, The Chicago Tribune, Crains Chicago Business, The Wall Street Journal, Presstime, Editor & Publisher, HR Magazine,and HR Wire. She has been described as “a media law whiz” in the San Francisco Daily Journal.
Education
• J.D., University of Michigan Law School (1983)
• B.A., University of Michigan (1980)
Recipient of Highest Honors Award, and Eita Krom Scholar in 1980 For Published Honors Thesis, later republished as, “Effort and Reward: The Assumption that College Grades are Affected by Quantity of Study,” Social Forces, June 1985, Volume 63, Number 4, p. 945-967.
Admissions
• California
• Illinois
Courts
• United States Supreme Court
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits
• U.S. District Courts for the Central, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
• U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
 

Speaking Engagements