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Camille A. Olson

Camille A. Olson

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Chicago, IL, USA


Camille A. Olson is a partner of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Co-Chair of its National Complex Litigation Practice Group, and National Chairperson of its Complex Discrimination Litigation Practice Group. She serves on the firm’s National Labor and Employment Law Steering Committee and is the past National Chairperson of the Labor and Employment Practice Department. In November 2013, Ms. Olson was appointed Chairperson of the United States Chamber of Commerce’s Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) Subcommittee. For nearly 30 years, she has represented companies nationwide in all areas of litigation, with emphasis on employment discrimination and harassment, wage and hour matters, and independent contractor status. 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 Boards of Directors and Executive Team Members in connection with internal investigations and highly sensitive litigation matters. 

Ms. Olson is the recipient of numerous accolades for her effective litigation style. In 2013, Ms. Olson was named one of the top 10 employment litigators in the country by Legal 500, which praised her ‘superb representation’ and named her ‘one of the best employment litigators in the country.’ In the same year, Law360 named Ms. Olson one of seven Employment Litigator MVPs for her exemplary work on critical litigation. Ms. Olson has been named as one of the Nation’s Most Powerful Employment Attorneys by Human Resource Executive and LawDragon, and in 2012 was elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. Chambers USA consistently rates her at the highest level, recently noting: “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 decade, Ms. Olson has 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. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Olson testified before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee in connection with proposed amendments to Title VII.

Ms. Olson is a frequent speaker on a wide range of legal issues facing employers. In addition to publishing on various labor issues, she is a regular speaker on complex litigation, discrimination, and non-employee worker matters nationally and internationally. Ms. Olson is frequently quoted and consulted as a legal expert in publications and news outlets such as: The New York Times, National Public Radio, The Chicago Tribune, Crains Chicago Business, and The Wall Street Journal.

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