Staci J. Olsen is 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. This skill makes her a critical part of the Group, which focuses on large-scale complex environmental torts. She leads an internal team of four designated eDiscovery attorneys and oversees all contract reviewers. She particularly enjoys putting her talents to work for public entity clients facing contamination issues. “Organizing all the evidence to support a client’s case is rewarding because I know that my work provides a tangible result for the client.”

Ms. Olsen has more than a decade of experience 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.

Ms. Olsen also conducts substantive review of client, defendant and third party subpoena documents for creation of damages models, including all records of expenses and costs associated with contamination, assessments of impacts to natural resources, and any other evidence necessary for damages calculations. She manages in-house electronic discovery and document review teams and works with client and litigation teams to develop keyword searches, issue tags, redact privileged information and sleuth out interesting case facts for use in litigation.

In addition, Ms. Olsen assists public entities with document identification, preservation and tracking, data mapping, document location and storage, custodian interviews, document production, and compliance with public records requests and subpoenas. She also assists in negotiation of electronically stored information (ESI) protocols to be used in litigation, and specifically structures tasks to relieve the litigation burden placed on clients of all sizes, including public entities, agencies, and public employees.

Staci Olsen 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. 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. Ms. Olsen also manages eDiscovery for the firm’s JUUL e-cigarette litigation.

Staci Olsen wanted to be an attorney ever since she was a young girl growing up on a ranch in rural Colorado, where the quality of the water and the environment impacted her life every day. She has traveled extensively, including during law school when she lived in Mexico while attending a summer course to learn the Mexican legal system. Ms. Olsen loves the outdoors and spends her summers fishing in Alaska. She also devotes her spare time to charity work, in particular a local organization dedicated to saving exotic large cats.

Education

Baylor University (J.D. 1996)

Angelo State University (B.A. 1991)

Bar & Court Admissions

Texas

Professional Associations

American Association for Justice

Attorneys Serving the Community

International Legal Technology Association

Women in eDiscovery

Public Justice Foundation

The Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas

Awards

Top 100 Civil Plaintiff Trial Lawyers (National Trial Lawyers, 2019-2020)