KIRK OLSON

Kirk Olson was born in Nashville, Tennessee and moved with his family to Oklahoma in 1972 when his father was transferred by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  As a child and a young adult, Mr. Olson saw his father work as an FBI Agent to protect the rights and freedoms of all people, regardless of race or religion.  As a result of these experiences, Mr. Olson developed a strong sense of what is right, and what is wrong.  This passion serves as the motivation for Mr. Olson to help others, regardless of their situation. 

In 1984, Mr. Olson proudly graduated from Northeast High School in Oklahoma City.  In 1988, Mr. Olson received a Bachelor of Science Degree in political science from Oklahoma State University and in 1992, a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma.  While at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Mr. Olson served as research editor of the Oklahoma Law Review.  Mr. Olson is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, the Oklahoma County Bar Association, the Oklahoma Association for Justice, and the American Bar Association.  Mr. Olson is a former barrister of the Luther Bohannon American Inn of Court.  He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit, and the United States District Court of the Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma.  In addition, he handles cases throughout the State of Oklahoma.

Mr. Olson has received Martindale-Hubbell’s prestigious “AV” rating, which indicates that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.  In 2008, the Oklahoma County Bar Association awarded him the Leadership in Law Award.  Mr. Olson served with distinction for over 10 years in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, served a 4-year term on its Board of Directors and was awarded the McDaniel Man of the Year Award by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Mr. Olson has over 25 years of legal experience representing injured plaintiffs in the areas of catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, sexual abuse and misconduct lawsuits, Alzheimer’s/Nursing Home abuse, semi-tractor trailer collisions, and insurance dispute cases.

Mr. Olson has three children, Sam, Emily, and Luke Olson.  With his children, he enjoys attending various Oklahoma sporting events, and watching his children compete in athletic, dance, and debate competitions.

Landmark Cases:

Largest verdict in state history against nursing home that abused a resident with Alzheimer’s:

Mr. Olson knows first-hand how Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia can steal a person’s memory, dignity, and quality of life.  Mr. Olson and his family were there with his mother who bravely fought Alzheimer’s for 14 years before this disease claimed another victim. 

He has taken the knowledge he gained through his mother’s battle against Alzheimer’s and tried to make a positive impact with Alzheimer’s victims and their loved ones in their fight against Alzheimer’s. 

He has taken his life experiences with Alzheimer’s disease to help him in representing victims of Alzheimer’s in nursing home abuse cases.  Mr. Olson has been a tireless advocate for his vulnerable clients in lawsuits against the individuals and facilities that abuse, victimize, and violate the elderly.  Mr. Olson has fought through efforts to hide, conceal, and cover-up emotional, physical, and sexual abuse of the helpless residents of these facilities. 

Mr. Olson’s knowledge of the Alzheimer’s disease process and his passion for helping the individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s allowed Mr. Olson to obtain a $15.2-million-dollar verdict against Epworth Villa, one of the most prestigious nursing home facilities in Oklahoma.

Sadly, an 80-year old Epworth Villa resident with end-stage Alzheimer’s was emotionally and physically abused by an employee who had received absolutely no training on the specialized needs of those suffering from Alzheimer’s.  Despite the efforts of Epworth Villa to cover-up the shocking abuse and blame an individual who was not employed at the facility for the abuse, Mr. Olson obtained vital deposition testimony from current and former employees that revealed the truth and identified the employee that abused his client.  He was also able to identify members of the Epworth Villa management team that organized and participated in the attempted cover-up of his client’s abuse.

Nazarene Church and University sexual abuse and misconduct case:

Mr. Olson represented five young girls that were repeatedly violated and sexually abused by their children’s pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene (“BFC”).  After 2-1/2 years of heated litigation and taking over 90 depositions, Mr. Olson was able to expose the cover-up, lies, and obstruction of the official police investigation by BFC, the Worldwide Nazarene Church, and Southern Nazarene University (“SNU”)  Mr. Olson was able to negotiate a confidential settlement which included BFC, and the Worldwide Nazarene Church, overhauling and improving the screening, training, and education of the pastors and staff members of all the Nazarene churches in North America in preventing, recognizing, and reporting the physical and sexual abuse of children.

Mr. Olson also forced the defendants in this case to fund and establish a scholarship program for students attending SNU that had been victims of abuse or wanted to pursue a career in child advocacy. 

One of the reasons that Mr. Olson was able to achieve the terms and conditions of this settlement, was based on the exhaustive investigation of the pedophile and the institutions that ignored the pedophile’s deviant behavior and actively concealed the sexual abuse of the children that attended BFC. 

In fact, Mr. Olson was able to provide to law enforcement crucial evidence of the pedophile’s sexual assaults against children, and internal memorandums, reports, and disciplinary records that documented the child sexual abuse that was hidden from law enforcement by BFC, its senior pastors, and attorney.

Mr. Olson takes great pride in his clients, who were empowered by coming forward, sharing the horrifying and explicit details of their abuse with their parents and law enforcement.  These brave little girls did what the adults at the Nazarene Church and SNU failed to do, they told the truth and stopped the pedophile children’s pastor from sexually abusing more victims.