Lana A. Olson

Lana A. Olson

Partner

   

Direct Dial:

205.581.1514

Email:

lolson@lightfootlaw.com

Fax:

205.380.9314

Office:

Birmingham, AL

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Education

  • B.S., Florida State University, 1995
  • J.D., Cumberland School of Law - Samford University, 1998 cum laude

Admitted

  • Alabama, 1998
  • Mississippi, 2002
  • Michigan, 2012

Don’t Let the red hair fool you.

When it comes to defending her clients, this redhead has never been afraid of a challenge, whether it’s a complex, high stakes case or providing day-to-day risk management advice. As a long time client of hers once said, “Lana is one of the toughest lawyers I know, and she also one of the most enjoyable attorneys that I’ve had the pleasure to work with. She has the experience you need, the judgment you can trust, and knowing she and her team are in my corner helps me sleep better at night.”

Lana’s litigation experience is the result of Lightfoot’s guiding principle of “learning by doing.” From her earliest days as a lawyer through the course of her 18 year career, she has developed a reputation for her ability to “think like a client” while managing her cases.   Her unique ability to put herself in her client’s shoes comes, in large part, from her experience as a client.   That is because in addition to her normal litigation practice, Lana has served for many years as the Assistant General Counsel for a leading heavy truck component distributor.  In this role, she manages all facets of the company’s legal and compliance matters, from day-to-day consultation to the most complex and significant pieces of litigation.   She is responsible for hiring and managing a team of outside counsel, including helping to shape litigation strategy on behalf of the company, while reporting directly to the company President.  Her experience in this respect has had a tremendous impact on her view of how outside counsel can better serve to their clients – – a view that her clients have come to really value.

Lana’s experience in the trenches has also shaped her into the lawyer she is today. She was selected as a 2017 Mid-South Super Lawyer for Environmental Litigation. Benchmark Litigation named her a 2018 Litigation Star and one of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” for 2017.

Lana has served as lead counsel in a variety of roles, including first chair at trial and for complex arbitrations. She has taken hundreds of depositions over the course of her career, and has handled class certification hearings, Frye/Daubert hearings and bench trials.  Her clients are located all over the country and range from Fortune 100 multi-national companies to small family businesses.

Although Lightfoot is based in Alabama, Lana has spent a significant portion of her career handling cases for clients outside the state, including Louisiana, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania.  As a client once told her, “A great lawyer can try a case almost anywhere.”  And for Lana, that has proven that to be true.

Representative Matters:

  • Obtaining a defense verdict as lead counsel in jury trial in which the plaintiff claimed debilitating back injuries and over $1 million in damages after he was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler while using a U-Haul tow dolly. Plaintiff claimed that the tow dolly lights were defective and that U-Haul did not provide him with adequate warnings about the need for additional lighting on the vehicle being towed. The jury returned a defense verdict in less than thirty minutes.
  • Arbitrating a serious personal injury case as lead counsel in Florida where the plaintiff alleged over $2 million in damages for a national moving rental equipment company.
  • Assisting and advising a natural gas company in a two-year NTSB investigation.
  • Defending a Fortune 100 company in a class action lawsuit and individual cases alleging personal injuries and property damage resulting from a train derailment, as well as assisting in the related NTSB investigation.
  • Successful representation of an owner of a manufacturing facility in Grenada, Mississippi in a series of lawsuits with hundreds of plaintiffs involving environmental contamination from TCE (air, soil, vapor, groundwater, etc.).
  • Defending numerous class action, mass joinder and multi-plaintiff lawsuits in which the plaintiffs claimed personal injuries and property damage as the result of alleged exposure to various wood-treating chemicals, including creosote, pentachlorophenol and arsenic (e.g, Avance v. Kerr-McGee (E.D. Texas); Andrews v. Kerr-McGee (N.D. Miss); Batcheldor v. Kerr-McGee (N.D. Miss).
  • Defending a natural gas marketing company to verdict at trial in a fraud, breach of contract and RICO case where the alleged damages were in excess of $100 million.
  • Defending a food manufacturing company in state and federal lawsuits in which the plaintiffs alleged that odor nuisances affected their property values.
  • Obtaining dismissal of an FLSA collective action claim following a week long bench trial on behalf of a large, national luxury goods retailer.
  • Obtaining summary judgment for manufacturing client in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim.
  • Obtaining early dismissal in race discrimination, hostile work environment, constructive discharge, and retaliation case on behalf of a chemical company.
  • Defending uniform supply company in a nationwide class action lawsuit for fraud and breach of contract.

When she isn’t wearing her redheaded litigator hat, Lana enjoys being a mother to her vivacious six year-old daughter, Maggie (who is a blonde) and her very ferocious 13 pound Shih-Tzu, Bailey.

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