Zacharia D. Olson

Mr. Olson was born and raised in Nome, Alaska. Mr. Olson brings a wealth of policy and administrative expertise to the firm. His practice focuses on energy and public lands matters. In his previous job, Mr. Olson advised a range of clients on the legal and policy framework that surrounds the recent U.S. oil and gas production boom. He helped position a large U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal for success with Department of Energy (DOE) and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) permitting. He worked with clients to build support on Capitol Hill for domestic energy production and exports, especially with clients seeking to expand the natural gas supply in Eastern Europe in order to diversify away from a reliance on Russian gas.

Prior to entering the private sector, Mr. Olson spent four years working for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), where he handled a range of environmental and transportation issues. In particular, he supported the Senator’s efforts to create the regulatory flexibility necessary for the volunteer efforts of Iditarod Air Force and ensuring commercial shipments of oxygen could reach rural communities. He also worked on a range of environmental and public lands issues in the Solicitor’s office at the Department of Interior and while working for a judge on the Court of Federal Claims.

Education

George Mason University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
University of Idaho (B.S.)

Admitted to Practice

Virginia
District of Columbia
Alaska

Awards and Honors

Member, George Mason Law Review

Previous Experience

Director, The Podesta Group
Legal Intern, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor
Legal Intern, U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Correspondence Director, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski
Intern, Congressman Don Young