Robert H. Olson was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs for 32 years and retired as a Senior Partner in 2013. For 11 years, he led Squire’s public finance (bond counsel) practice on the West Coast. For 38 years Bob advised governmental bodies and nonprofit hospitals on sophisticated financial transactions and strategic legal issues. Squire asked him to relocate to its San Francisco office in 2002 to establish its public finance practice on the West Coast. Since 1986, he worked on over $27 billion of infrastructure financings in California and 13 other states. His clients included the U.S. Department of Transportation, the States of California and Florida, the Cities of San Francisco and San Diego, BART, L.A. Metro Transportation Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and numerous other public bodies, non-profit hospitals and companies. He also represented Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Merrill Lynch and other investment bankers as underwriter’s counsel on a broad range of financings for public infrastructure and nonprofit hospitals in over 10 states.
For 5 1/2 years he served in the Ohio Attorney General’s office — as head of enforcement for civil rights and then consumer protection and then Chief of Staff. Recognitions during his distinguished career included election as a Fellow of the American College of Bond Counsel and selection by lawyers nationally for listing in The Best Lawyers in America in public finance.
Bob has a long commitment to civil rights. He served for over 12 years on the board and executive committee of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, a nonprofit public interest law firm. He graduated from Harvard Law School cum laude in 1969, where he was Vice President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and from Indiana University summa cum laude in 1966 with B.A. in government.