Vedder Price

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Michelle T. Olson is a Senior Associate in the Labor and Employment group of the firm’s Chicago office and Co-Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

Ms. Olson regularly counsels employers on day-to-day employment law and human resources matters, including federal and state anti-discrimination laws, medical leaves of absence and accommodation requests, employee discipline and discharge, whistleblower and retaliation claims, and wage and hour violations. Ms. Olson helps employers navigate challenging workplace investigations, including allegations of harassment, bullying and retaliation. She also provides employers with thoughtful and practical advice in the development of separation and settlement agreements, employee handbooks, training programs and related policies and procedures.

Ms. Olson has assisted in the successful defense of both class action and single-plaintiff cases, and she regularly represents clients in federal court, arbitral forums and administrative agencies. From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Olson was selected as an Illinois Rising Star in Employment Litigation: Defense by Super Lawyers.

From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Olson clerked for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, where she worked on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters. While in law school, Ms. Olson served as an extern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was a member of the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. She also studied in India. Prior to attending law school, she worked for four years as a legislative aide for the Illinois House of Representatives.

In her free time, Ms. Olson serves as Secretary of the board of directors of Sister House, a residential addiction treatment and recovery center for women. She is also a member of the Federal Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section.

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 2010, cum laude
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 2003, highest honors

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2010

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2010

Affiliations

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, Labor and Employment
  • Secretary, Board of Directors, Sister House

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Co-Chair, Pro Bono Committee