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April 05, 2021, DALLAS — Today, Baron & Budd is pleased to announce that attorney Staci Olsen has been selected to the 2021 list as a member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue-ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. Due to the incredible selectivity of the appointment process, only the top one percent of attorneys in the United States are awarded membership in NADC. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation.
“I am honored to be recognized by The National Association of Distinguished Counsel,” said Baron & Budd attorney Staci Olsen. “The work I do every day organizing all the evidence to support a client’s case is truly rewarding because I know that my work provides a tangible result for clients facing contamination issues.”
Ms. Olsen is the Senior Counsel of Electronic Discovery in Baron & Budd’s Environmental Litigation Group, where she specializes in the management of electronic information and people in mass litigation. She leads an internal team of five designated eDiscovery attorneys and oversees all document reviewers on the cases.
Ms. Olsen has more than a decade of experience at Baron & Budd overseeing the compilation of evidence necessary to prepare a solid environmental case. Her extensive eDiscovery experience includes management of electronic information, document management, corporate governance, document review, and training of staff and attorneys to make best use of electronic resources. In addition, Ms. Olsen oversees every phase of document management from intake of documents, scanning, coding, searching, bates-stamping, substantive review, production, creation of privilege logs, and identification/development of trial exhibits.
She has worked on atrazine, perchloroethylene (PCE), trichloropropane (TCP) and MyFord Touch cases, and worked closely with clients who were harmed by the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. In addition, she led the eDiscovery team that resulted in a $360 million settlement-in-principle on behalf of 23 cities, counties and special districts against Southern California Edison for taxpayer losses caused by the 2017 Thomas and Koenigstein fires, the 2018 Montecito debris flows, and the 2018 Woolsey fire.
Ms. Olsen is currently serving on a committee to lead document review for the nationwide aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) litigation, while also overseeing the eDiscovery for the firm’s public entity AFFF clients. She is also the firm’s designated eDiscovery lead for the firm’s lawsuits against Chemours and DuPont for their role in contaminating North Carolina’s Cape Fear river with perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and GenX, a group of potent fluorochemicals. She also manages eDiscovery for the firm’s JUUL e-cigarette litigation.
Baron & Budd, P.C. is among the largest and most accomplished plaintiffs’ law firms in the country. With more than 40 years of experience, Baron & Budd has the expertise and resources to handle complex litigation throughout the United States. As a law firm that takes pride in remaining at the forefront of litigation, Baron & Budd has spearheaded many significant cases for hundreds of entities and thousands of individuals. Since the firm was founded in 1977, Baron & Budd has achieved substantial national acclaim for its work on cutting-edge litigation, trying hundreds of cases to verdict and settling tens of thousands of cases in areas of litigation as diverse and significant as dangerous and highly addictive pharmaceuticals, defective medical devices, asbestos and mesothelioma, California wildfires and environmental contamination, fraudulent banking practices, e-cigarettes, motor vehicles, federal whistleblower cases, and other consumer fraud issues.