Walter K. Olson

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute

Walter Olson is a commentator, author and critic best known for his work on American law. A senior fellow at the Cato Institute, the think tank in Washington, D.C., he has written a series of widely acclaimed books on our legal system, beginning with The Litigation Explosion and most recently Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America (Encounter, 2011). On the web, he founded and continues to run, widely cited as the oldest blog on law as well as one of the most popular. The Washington Post has described him an "intellectual guru of tort reform". 

His writing appears regularly in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and he has been a columnist for Great Britain's Times Online as well as Reason. He has advised public officials at all levels, appeared on hundreds of broadcast shows including "Oprah", and testified before Congress.

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Publications and Multimedia
The New Age of Litigation Financing - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
Loser Pays in Texas - Podcast
Litigation Practice Group Podcast
June 26, 2012
Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America - Podcast
Professional Responsibility & Legal Education Practice Group
May 09, 2011
International Law and Indian Law - Event Audio/Video
Third Annual Western Conference
January 24, 2009
Is Overlawyering Overtaking Democracy? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 16, 2007