Vedder Price

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Michelle T. Olson is an Associate in the Labor and Employment group of the firm’s Chicago office.

Ms. Olson counsels and represents employers in a variety of employment law matters, including state and federal antidiscrimination laws, medical leave and accommodation requests, discipline and discharge, harassment, whistleblower and workplace investigations and wage and hour issues. Her litigation experience includes regularly responding to discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and related state agencies, and representing clients in federal court on various Title VII, ADA, ADEA and FMLA and retaliation matters. She also assists employers in developing separation agreements, employee handbooks, policies and procedures. In 2016 and 2017, Ms. Olson was selected as an Illinois Rising Star by Super Lawyers in Employment Litigation: Defense, and she is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

From 2011 to 2013, Ms. Olson clerked for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow, United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, where she researched and drafted legal opinions for the judge’s consideration 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 Springfield.

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

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Education

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

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2010

Court Admissions

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

Affiliations

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association

Michelle T. Olson

Associate

Michelle T. Olson

Associate