Ted Olson Bio, Legal Career, Education, Age, Family, Wife, Kids and Net worth

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  1. What does Ted Olson do for a living?
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  5. Does Ted Olson have any children?
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  8. How much money does Ted Olson earn?
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Who Is Ted Olson?

Ted Olson ( Theodore Bevry Olson) is an American attorney, practicing at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. In addition, he has also served as United States  Solicitor General from 2001 to 2004 under the George W Bush administration.


Early Legal Career

He began his career in 1965 after he joined the Los Angeles California, office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as an Associate. After working several years as an associate he was later announced as the new partner in 1972. He worked in the Reagan administration as an Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Counsel) from 1981 to 1984.

When he was working for the Reagan administration, he was a legal counsel to President Reagan during the Iran-Contra Affair’s investigation phase. When Ronald Reagan who was the President at that time asked the EPA Administrator to withhold the records on the basis that they contained “enforcement confidential material.” At that time Olson was also the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel. After that, investigations were conducted by the House Judiciary Committee that later submitted a report which suggested that Olson had given misleading and false testimony before a House subcommittee during the Investigation. After that, the Judiciary forwarded a copy of the report to the appointment of an independent counsel investigation.

Moreover, on his side, Olson said that the Independent Counsel stripped executive authority from the President of the United States. Which resulted in a hybrid “fourth branch” of government that was effectively answerable to no one. Furthermore, he went ahead and argued that the wide powers of the independent Counsel could be easily abused or corrupted by partisanship. However in the Supreme Court Case of Morrison V Olson, where Morrison was the Plaintiff and Olson the defendant. The court disagreed with Olson and ruled in favor of the plaintiff, Alexia Morrison.

A Photo of Ted Olson

A Photo of Ted Olson

Private Practising

After that, he came back to private practicing, this time as a partner in the Washington, DC office of his firm, Gibson Dunn.  After returning he handled a high-profile client in the 1980s by the name of Jonathan Pollard. Jonathan had been convicted of selling government secrets to Israel. Olson was the one who was in charge of his case to the United States Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit.

However, Pollard was sentenced to life in prison, according to Olson, despite the fact that a life penalty was expressly omitted from the plea bargain deal. Olson also said that a mistrial was warranted because of the breach of the plea agreement. There were no reasons for a mistrial, according to the Court of Appeals.

Furthermore, before becoming a Solicitor General, he had argued in other cases before the Supreme Court. He had argued a case against federal sentencing guidelines. Moreover, he had also defended a member of the press who has leaked the Anita Hill story. He went ahead and represented the presidential candidate at that time George W Bush in the case against Gore. The case ended the recount of the contested 2000 Presidential election.

How Old Is Ted Olson?

He was born on September 11th, 1940, and currently, he is 80 years old.

Ted Olson Family

Who Are Ted Parents?

He was born in Chicago, to Yvonne Lucy ( Bevy ) and Lester W. Olson.

Does He Have Siblings?

He has managed to keep information about his siblings private but we will update it as soon as possible.

Ted Olson Education

He attended the Los Altos High School and graduated in 1958. After that, he joined the Univesity of the Pacific where he graduated with a degree in communication and history. He went on and studied law at the UC Berkeley School of Law where he acquired his Juris Doctor in 1965.

Ted Olson Wife

Currently, he is married to Lady Evelyn Booth. The two tied the knot in 2006.


Olson has been married four times. He married his first wife in 1964, the two met on the campus. However, things didn’t work between them and they divorced in 1987. After that, he married his second wife in 1989 Jolie Bales, a lawyer and a liberal Democratic they divorced in 1991. He married his third wife Barbara Bracher in 1996, however she died in 2001.

Ted Olson Kids

Despite him being married four times he has managed to keep information bout his kids private.

Later Career

On February 14th, 2001 he was nominated for the office of Solicitor General by President Bush. After that, he was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 2001. After he was confirmed he took the office on June 11, 2001. In addition, he argued for the federal government in the Supreme Court case in 2002 in the case of Christopher V Harbury.

He maintained that the government had an inherent right to lie. Olson retired as Solicitor General in July 2004 and returned to Gibson Dunn’s Washington office. Furthermore, he represented a defendant journalist in a civil action brought by Wen Ho Lee in 2006, and he took the case all the way to the Supreme Court.

Lee sued the federal government to find out which authorities had mentioned him as a suspect to the media before he was charged. Olson prepared a brief on behalf of one of the journalists implicated in the case, arguing that journalists should not be forced to reveal secret sources even if they are summoned by the court.

NFL Case

During the 2011 NFL lockout, Olson represented the National Football League Players Association. Moreover, in 2009, he partnered with former President Bill Clinton’s attorney David Boies, who also served as his defense lawyers in Bush v. Gore, to file Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, a California state constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage.

His work on the case won him a spot on the Time 100 list of the world’s finest thinkers. Together with David Boies, they received the ABA Medal, the American Bar Association’s highest honor, in 2011. Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr., a member of the Awards Council, presented Olson with the American Academy of Achievement’s Golden Plate Award in 2014.

Apple Case

Apple employed Olson to defend against a court order to unlock an iPhone issued by the FB, however, it resulted in the government dropping its case. He also defended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the Deflategate case, in which Brady chose not to appeal a four-game penalty to the Supreme Court. Currently, he is representing a group of billboard advertisers in a lawsuit against San Francisco. The organization is fighting a local ordinance that requires soda firms to carry warnings in their marketing that sugar-sweetened beverages are linked to major health problems such as diabetes.

The lawsuit alleges that the law unlawful restricts commercial speech. A panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Olson in September 2017 and temporarily blocked the city’s compulsory warnings. Furthermore, Olson declined an opportunity to defend Donald Trump in the investigation into Russian election meddling in March 2018.

In addition, he defended DACA participants in the Supreme Court case Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The case was heard in November 2019. As a result, of the Trump Administration’s inability to follow the Administrative Procedure Act in rescinding DACA, the Supreme Court maintained the program on June 18.

Ted Olson Height

He stands at 6ft 2inches and weighs 185lb

Ted Olson Net Worth

His net worth is estimated to be around 1.5 million as of 2021.