Walter K. Olson
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Investor’s Business Daily has called Walter Olson, “perhaps America’s leading authority on over-litigation.” His books and writings have helped set the terms of debate about the excesses of the nation’s civil justice system. Olson’s book, The Litigation Explosion, was reviewed in The New York Times by the late Chief Justice Warren Berger and subsequently cited by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor in a major Supreme Court opinion.


A senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, Olson is a frequent contributor to Reason magazine, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. He has appeared numerous times before Congress, federal agencies and state lawmakers and has made approximately 300 broadcast appearances on NPR and such programs as Crossfire, MacNeil-Lehrer and Oprah. His website has won wide acclaim for its mix of entertaining and serious commentary.


Before joining the Manhattan Institute in 1985, Olson spent five years with the American Enterprise Institute and worked before that on Capitol Hill. He speaks regularly before professional, business and student audiences. A Yale graduate, he resides in the New York area. His book, The Rule of Lawyers: How the New Litigation Elite Threatens America’s Rule of Law, was published last year.