Ronald L. Olson was born in 1941 and currently resides in Los Angeles.
During his educational journey, Olson received a baccalaureate degree from Drake University as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan.
In 1967, Olson started his career as a civil rights attorney for the United States Department of Justice, but the next year began clerking for the Chief Judge in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. That same year, he became a partner at the firm created by Charlie Munger— Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP. Olson still works at this firm’s Los Angeles location today.
Olson became a director at Berkshire Hathaway in 1997. Berkshire Hathaway is actually a client for Olson, as a lawyer, though he is confident that both his and Berkshire’s integrity is strong enough to handle the dual roles.
Olson has served on a variety of boards in the past: from 1976 to 1986 as chairman of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, from 1981 to 1982 as chairman of the Litigation Section, from 1984 to 1994 as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Claremont University, from 1986 to 1987 as Vice President of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California, and from 1991 to 1992 as the chairman of the Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary.
Currently, Ronald Olson serves as director of Graham Holdings Company and the Western Asset Trusts. He is a board member at Edison International, the Washington Post Company, Nuclear Threat Initiative, Inc, the California Institute of Technology, and City National Bank Corporation.
While Olson may not have a huge public career with philanthropy, a couple of the boards he serves on— the Mayo Clinic, the RAND Corporation, and the Council on Foreign Relations— are non-profit organizations.