Steven J. Olson


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Steve Olson serves as the firmwide Co-Chair of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice.

As a former federal fraud prosecutor at the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Steve regularly represents companies, boards of directors and executives in criminal and civil matters against government enforcement agencies. He also advises companies and independent directors in connection with complex and sensitive internal investigations. Steve has extensive jury trial experience both at the government and in private practice.


Honors & Awards

  • Named a "Local Litigation Star" for White-Collar Crime by Benchmark Litigation (2020)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations (2017-2019)
  • Recognized by Legal 500 for White-Collar Criminal Defense (2016-2019)
  • Named “One of the Most Influential People in Los Angeles” by the Los Angeles Business Journal (2017-2018)
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in surveys conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine


Bar Admissions

  • California


  • University of Michigan, J.D., 1995: Contributing Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law 
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1990: with honors 

Professional Activities


  • Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., US District Court, Central District of California 


  • “Legalized sports gambling: Anti-money laundering compliance,” Westlaw Journal Bank & Lender Liability with Nicole Argentieri, Irwin Raij, Eric Sibbitt, Jeremy Maltby, Laurel Loomis Rimon, and Marjorie B. Truwit (October 2018)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Chinese Investment in the US: The Path Forward,” China General Chamber of Commerce - USA (November 27th, 2018)


  • World Trade Center Los Angeles

Board Member

  • Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
  • Rose Bowl Legacy
  • Lincoln Club


  • Occidental College
  • Representing the Board of Trustees of the University of Southern California in multiple high profile investigations and corporate governance issues
  • Represented the Board of CenturyLink in conducting large-scale internal investigation of consumer sales and billing practices following whistleblower suit and regulatory, consumer and shareholder litigation
  • Defending Fortune 50 global energy company in environmental matters before various federal and state agencies following an incident concerning its downstream activities in California 
  • Defending one of the largest global automakers in federal criminal grand jury and NHTSA investigations 
  • Defended international real estate investment firm in SEC investigation concerning investor disclosures  
  • Led large-scale internal investigation on behalf of independent directors of NYSE-listed auto parts retail company regarding allegations of accounting fraud. Represented directors in subsequent SEC and DOJ prosecutions
  • Representing  BYD Motors, global Chinese electric vehicle and battery company, on a range of regulatory, litigation and business operations matters in US before various local, state and federal government agencies

Press Releases

Alerts and Publications

DOJ Eases Requirements in Corporate Enforcement Policy Update

November 26, 2019

DOJ Issues Expanded Guidance for Prosecutors in Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs

May 6, 2019

US Exercise of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Results in Conviction of Hong Kong Businessman for FCPA Bribery

December 18, 2018

DOJ Eases Requirements for Cooperation Credit in Corporate Prosecutions

December 6, 2018

Money Laundering Compliance Risks in Legalized Sports Gambling

October 23, 2018

Legalized Sports Gambling: Anti-Money Laundering Compliance

September 26, 2018

Second Circuit Decision Limits FCPA Jurisdiction as to Foreign Nationals Outside the United States

August 28, 2018

Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Void Criminal Service of Process on Counsel for Foreign Corporation Making Limited Appearance

August 23, 2018

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