George Olsen joined Williams & Jensen as an associate in June of 1975. He became a principal in January of 1978. For nearly 25 years, Mr. Olsen's primary concentration has been health law, representing pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, health insurance and managed care organizations, hospitals and health care systems, and other types of providers and suppliers. He also handles antitrust, education, and administrative law issues. Mr. Olsen was selected as one of Washington's top lobbyists by The Hill.
Mr. Olsen has expertise in legislative, regulatory, and policy matters concerning the health care sector. He has been involved with many major legislative efforts such as the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985; the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988; the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990; the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996; the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997; and the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA). In addition, Mr. Olsen participated in the rulemaking processes resulting from these laws.
Mr. Olsen also has represented clients under Congressional investigation including a Member of Congress, a hospital insurer, and pharmaceutical companies.
In the antitrust field, Mr. Olsen has defended companies in lawsuits and investigations alleging various forms of anti-competitive and deceptive conduct. He was involved in the development of the Department of Justice and Federal Trade Commission Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care.
In addition, Mr. Olsen has represented clients, including education accreditation organizations and higher education loan programs, on a variety of legislative, regulatory, and litigation matters. He also assists businesses and organizations in anticipating and responding to new laws, Federal rules, and policy developments.
Mr. Olsen currently holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell (Very high to preeminent legal ability, very high ethical standards).
In addition to serving Williams & Jensen clients, Mr. Olsen is a member of the National Health Lawyers Association, the American Academy of Hospital Attorneys, the American Bar Association, and the Bar Association of the District of Columbia.
- St. Anselm College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1972
- George Washington University Law School, J.D., with Honors 1975
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Numerous Federal district and appellate courts