Ms. Olsson's practice centers primarily on employment law, medical malpractice, construction and commercial litigation. Ms. Olsson has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2001, and is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell. Ms. Olsson was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in October 2003. She is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Since 1983, she has tried numerous cases before state and federal trial courts and has conducted an active appellate practice in the federal and state courts of appeals.
In the employment law area, Ms. Olsson's practice emphasizes employment-related litigation and preventive counseling on employment issues. She represents clients in matters raising diverse issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, the Family and Medical Leave Act and state equal opportunity acts. Her recent trial victories include:
- Summary judgment for a large Idaho employer in a Title VII retaliation case brought by the EEOC.
- Defense jury verdict for an employer after an eight-day trial alleging violations of Title VII.
- Summary judgment for an employer in a lawsuit alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Defense verdicts in personal injury actions involving substantial damages.
- Defense verdict in complex commercial litigation cases.
- Defense verdict for an employer after an 8 day trial over FMLA issues.
- Numerous successful resolutions of matters involving significant exposures through mediation.
Ms. Olsson's medical malpractice experience includes numerous summary judgments for physicians, including the significant Dulaney v. St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center decision, 137 Idaho 160, 45 P.3d 813 (2001), which affirmed the local standard of care rule in Idaho. She has also successfully tried medical malpractice cases to defense verdict. She frequently advises physicians on risk management issues and has conducted extensive risk training of doctors and hospitals through her years of practice. Recent cases include:
- Successfully resolving a multimillion dollar appeal of property taxes.
- Acting as lead counsel role in Dulaney v. St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, 45 P.3d 816, 137 Idaho 160 (2002), a key case reaffirming the local standard of care rule in Idaho.
- Obtaining a defense verdict following a five-week trial on behalf of a general surgeon alleged to have negligently failed to diagnose a cervical fracture.
- Successfully defending an obstetrician in a two-week trial involving allegations of failure to diagnose uterine polyps and improper prescription of hormones.
- Successfully defending a physician in a two-week trial against claims that the negligent administration of an allergy shot program and anaphylaxis caused brain damage.
Ms. Olsson's construction litigation experience includes:
- Successful prosecution and mediation of a multimillion dollar complaint against architects, engineers, and general contractors involving construction of a medical office plaza for Idaho's largest hospital.
- Representation of architects in matters brought by various owners, including several Idaho school districts.
- Successful representation of one of Idaho's largest general contractors.
- Defense verdicts in several complex commercial litigation cases, as well as in employment, medical, and malpractice cases.
- Successful resolution of a six figure dispute involving claims against the architect (Ms. Olsson's client), the engineer, and the general contractor.
Ms. Olsson is a member of the American Employment Law Council, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Bar Association Employment Law Section, the Idaho State Bar Employment Law Section, and the Idaho Association of Defense Counsel. In 1998, the Idaho Supreme Court appointed her to serve a second, six-year term on the Idaho Supreme Court Rules of Civil Procedure Committee.
Ms. Olsson's community activities include serving on the Board of the Boise Family YMCA, as immediate Past President of the Treasure Valley YMCA. She is the recipient of the YMCA's 2008 Vern Emery Award. Ms. Olsson is Chairman of the St. Luke's Children's Hospital Board, as well as continuing as a member of the executive committee of the Children's Advisory Board of St. Luke's Regional Medical Center. Ms. Olsson was a founding member of CARES, the child abuse evaluation service at SLRMC, and served until it was disbanded in 2007. Pat is also a member of the Idaho City Historical Society. Ms. Olsson is a member of the Boise State University Foundation and the Vice Chairman of the Friends of Nursing, an arm of the Boise State University Foundation.
Ms. Olsson earned her law degree with high honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology in 1983.