Thomas F. Olsen

Thomas F. Olsen: Attorney with Lorber Greenfield & Polito, LLP AV stamp icon
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Biography

Current Employer/Title: Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP - Partner

Profession: Attorney & Arbitrator

Work History: Partner, Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, LLP, 1999-present; Associate, Merkin & Hemme, 1996-1999

Experience:

Construction: Practice is focused on various construction disputes that occur during and after construction, including delay claims, contract disputes, lien/stop notices, payment disputes, public entity and defect claims. Majority of practice is representing builders, developers and general contractors; minority of practice involves representing home and building owners, subcontractors, manufacturers, public entities and material suppliers. Practice before Federal and State Courts and in Arbitration, for Commercial, Residential and Mixed-Use projects. Have litigated starter residential homes to $30 million mansions; Common Area Homeowner Association claims and major infrastructure projects. Includes Trial and Arbitration experience in various States ranging from 1 day to 4 months duration.

Co-author of Form Interrogatories - Construction Litigation, which is approved by the Judicial Council of California for use in all civil litigation. Was counsel of record in a number of published construction related cases.

Mr. Olsen was counsel of record, successfully arguing in the California Court of Appeal in KB Home Greater Los Angeles, Inc. v. Sup. Ct. (Allstate) (2014) 223 Cal. App. 4th 1471, that the builder was entitled to judgment under California’s Right to Repair Act. This decision was published and was recently cited 3 times with approval by the California Supreme Court in McMillan Albany, LLC. v. Sup. Ct. (2018) 4 Cal. 4th 241, and has likewise been cited with approval by a large number of other published appellate cases.

Balance of Practice includes litigation involving Insurance, Casualty, Business disputes, Real Property, Environmental, Products, Personal Injury and Bankruptcy. Overall litigation ratio is approximately 50%/50% between prosecuting and defending parties.

Awards and Honors: AV Preeminent rating (highest possible) by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rating service.

Publications: Boundary Law, 1997; National Business Institute; Subrogation vs. Right to Repair in Defective Construction Claims, Litigation Management, Fall 2013; Bada Bing, Bada Building Boom, Construction Claims; Winter, 2017

Recent Posts by Thomas F. Olsen

DELACEY AT GREEN ASSOCIATION vs. GREEN STREET VENTURE, LLC., et al. Los Angeles Superior Court Case #GC050964

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Construction
  • Casualty and Business Law

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(858) 513-1020  Phone
www.lorberlaw.com
University Attended:
University of San Diego, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1996; State University of New York, at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science with an emphasis in Biology, 1993
Year of First Admission:
1996
Admission:
1996, Admitted to the State Bars of California; 1997, Federal District Courts in California; 1997, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; 2003, Texas; 2012, Washington; 2013, Oregon; 2013, Arizona; 2018, New Mexico; 2019, Colorado
Memberships:

Memberships:

San Diego County Bar Association; San Diego Defense Lawyers Association; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; and Barrister, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court.

Birth Information:
1971
ISLN:
913916856

Peer Reviews

4.7/5.0 (22 reviews)
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A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.7/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.6/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.7/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 11/29/12 in Construction Litigation

    Tom is an excellent lawyer in all facets of practice: Legal knowledge, Advocacy, Trial Skills and Negotiation. He is highly regarded by his peers, opposing counsel and Judges. I recommend Tom for the highest attorney rating.

    Tom is an excellent lawyer in all facets of practice: Legal knowledge, Advocacy, Trial Skills and Negotiation. He is highly regarded by his peers, opposing counsel and Judges. I recommend Tom for the highest attorney rating. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 11/29/12 in Commercial Litigation

    Tom is an excellent advocate, knowledgeable about the law and fully able to take any case to trial. He conducts himself with the utmost in professionalism and is highly regarded by his peers, opposing counsel and Judges. I recommend Tom for the hig... Read more

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    Tom is an excellent advocate, knowledgeable about the law and fully able to take any case to trial. He conducts himself with the utmost in professionalism and is highly regarded by his peers, opposing counsel and Judges. I recommend Tom for the highest attorney rating. Read less

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Los Angeles, California

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