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Chad D. Olsen

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Chad Olsen is a litigator with significant business and appellate experience and primarily works to resolve employment disputes, contractual breaches, complex construction claims, and insurance recovery matters. He represents small, large, and national businesses, including developers and contractors, hospitality companies, financial institutions, retail chains, marketing firms, transportation providers, software developers, and tourism companies, among others. Through litigation, planning, and attention to detail, Chad has eliminated millions of dollars in potential liability for his clients. He has also recovered millions of dollars for these same clients. Simply put, clients not only retain Chad to resolve disputes, but also to prevent them.

As part of his practice, Chad regularly prepares and reviews business, construction, and employment-related contracts or policies. He is also a frequent author and speaker on various legal issues and cutting-edge developments. Recent subjects include employment trends and best practices, insurance obligations and policyholder’s rights, arbitration, employment handbooks and agreements, and legislative updates.

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Education

  • J.D., Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School, 2010
  • B.S., Brigham Young University, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Arizona, 2016 (inactive)
  • Nevada, 2010 

Court Admissions

  • Arizona Supreme Court
  • Nevada Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada

Community

  • Nevada Lawyer Magazine, Editorial Board and Past Chair, 2014-present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society, Member, 2007-present

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a residential developer in eight separate appeals concerning arbitration rights and the scope of the Federal Arbitration Act. See U.S. Home Corp. v. Michael Ballesteros Trust, 415 P.3d 32 (Nev. 2018)
  • Collected nearly $11 million of additional-insured insurance coverage on behalf of general contractors relating to construction defect claims in Clark County
  • Represented a publicly-traded home builder in multiple complex, high-stakes insurance coverage disputes, helping to recover well over $50 million
  • Assisted a first-responder organization in obtaining summary judgment against a former employee who asserted claims relating to sexual assault, defamation, and negligent hiring
  • Obtained a complete dismissal in favor of a general contractor and owner of a highly-contested mechanic’s lien claim
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of a scenic production company for all damages against the owners of a stage acrobatics and magic production
  • Represented a hospitality company in a breach of contract action against a service provider, successfully recovering all alleged damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees

Honors & Recognitions

  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2022
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019-2021
  • Desert Companion Magazine, Top Lawyer, 2014
  • BYU Law Review, Lead note and comment editor

Publications

  • Nevada Lawyer, 7/2022
  • Employment Law Changes Effective 2020
    Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer, 3/2020
  • Employment Law Developments and Trends
    Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer, 1/2019
  • Victory for Policyholders – An Insurer’s Breach of the Duty to Defend Opens Up Policy Limits
    Author, JD Supra, 12/2018
  • Nevada Supreme Court Affirms That Non-Compete Agreements Must be Limited in Geographical Scope
    JD Supra, 8/2018
  • Brief Answers to Frequently Asked Employment-Related Questions
    Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer, 8/2017
  • 2017 Proposed Nevada State Legislation
    Author, JD Supra, 03/7/2017
  • The U.S. Department of Labor Expands Overtime Eligibility to Millions of Workers
    Author, SNVSHRM Newsletter, 6/2016
  • Employment Decisions Motivated by a Suspicion of a Religious Accommodation may Violate Title VII
    Author, SNVSHRM Newsletter, 1/2015
  • You Can Run but You Can’t Hide: Overcoming Evasive Actions by Insurers in Construction Defect Claims
    Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer, 11/2014
  • 5 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Non-Compete Agreements
    Author, Communiqué, 1/2014
  • OSHA Whistleblower Protection
    Co-Author, Nevada Lawyer, 7/2013
  • Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets
    Co-Author, Communiqué, 4/2013
  • Examining the Public Use Doctrine and Whether Expanding a Private University is a Public Use
    Author, 25 BYU J. PUB. L. 169, 7/2011
  • How the Tenth Circuit’s Ruling in Martinez v. Beggs Affects the Deliberate Indifference Standard for Eighth Amendment Claims
    Author, 2010 BYU L. REV. 199, 3/2010
  • Constitutionality of Home Education: How the Supreme Court and American History Endorse Parental Choice
    Author, 2009 BYU EDUC. & L.J. 399, 3/2009

Presentations

  • Presenter, "Restrictive Covenants," NALS Educational Conference, October 2015
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