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Schnader’s Judith Olson Confirmed as a Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Allegheny County

On October 16, 2008 by Schnader in Antitrust

Nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell, Olson was unanimously confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

October 16, 2008 – Pittsburgh, PA: Judith F. Olson, chair of Schnader’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation practice group, has been confirmed to a seat on the Common Pleas Court of Allegheny County. Ms. Olson was recommended by Senator Jane Orie (R-McCandless), nominated by Governor Edward G. Rendell, unanimously confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, and confirmed by the full Senate on October 7, 2008.

“We are extremely proud of Judy,” said Jeff Letwin, managing partner of Schnader’s Pittsburgh office. “She is supremely qualified to serve as a judge – she epitomizes the temperament, sense of fairness and justice, and balanced judgment that all judges should possess, and her legal and trial knowledge and skills are second to none. Although we will miss her, Pennsylvania is fortunate that she has been added to its judiciary.”

It is anticipated that Ms. Olson will be sworn in after Governor Rendell sends a formal commission to the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny Count, the Honorable Joseph M. James. Her term will run to December 31, 2009.

At Schnader, Ms. Olson’s practice concentrated on commercial litigation, emphasizing directors’ and officers’ liability, securities litigation, antitrust litigation, RICO and fraud claims, shareholders derivative actions and class action litigation. She represented businesses and officers and directors of both private and public companies in federal securities actions, antitrust actions, RICO claims, actions involving leveraged buyouts, contract disputes and other commercial matters. She counseled clients with corporate governance issues regarding fiduciary duties of officers and directors and governance matters that impact a corporation, its board or its management. She has been a Fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County since 2004, and presently serves as a member of the Academy’s Board of Governors. She is also a Fellow of the Allegheny County Bar Foundation, and a member of the Pittsburgh chapter of the American Inns of Court and the St. Thomas More Society. She has been recognized by the publishers of Law & Politics Magazine as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer” for business litigation (2004-2008), and as one of the top 50 female lawyers statewide (2004).

Ms. Olson is also a leader in the community, and she has shown a longstanding commitment to a variety of community organizations to which she tirelessly volunteers her time. She has been a Member of the national Board of Directors for the American Heart Association since 2006 and a member of the Audit Committee since 2007. For the Regional Chapter of the American Heart Association – the Great Rivers Affiliate – Ms. Olson has served as a Member of the Development Committee, a Member of the Board of Directors, and a Member of Business and Corporate Operations Committee. At the local level of the American Heart Association, she has served in a variety of roles, including serving as a member of the Board of Directors (1996-present), Chairman of Development Committee (1996-1998), Secretary to the Board of Directors (2000-2002), Vice President of Board of Directors (2002-2004), Co-Chairman of Pediatrics Committee (2002-2004), President of Board of Directors (2004-2006), and Chair of the Heart Ball Gala (2005).

Notably, however, her commitment to community service goes beyond her work with the American Heart Association. From 2005-2006, she served as a Mentor for Career Literacy for African American Youths (CLAAY). In addition, she has served the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in a variety of important roles, including serving as Co-Chairman of Children’s Challenge Campaign (2000 – 2002), as a member of Children’s Challenge Campaign Steering Committee (2003 – 2005), as a member of Family Forum (2001 – present), as a member of Ethics Committee (2004 – present), and as a member of Pandemic Flu Ethics Task Force (2007-present).

Ms. Olson has also served the Diocese of Pittsburgh as a member of Bishop Zubik’s Pastoral Council, and was on the Board of Advisors of Operation Good Neighbor Foundation. An active member of Sts. John and Paul Catholic Church, she has served as Vice President of Pastoral Council, President of Pastoral Council, and as a Member of the Steering Committee.

Ms. Olson graduated magna cum laude from St. Francis College, and received her J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where she served on the Duquesne University Law Review. After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Maurice B. Cohill, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.


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