Bob Olson was a partner with Squire Patton Boggs for 32 years and retired as a Senior Partner in 2013. For 11 years, he led Squire’s public finance (bond counsel) practice on the West Coast. For 38 years Bob advised governmental bodies and nonprofit hospitals on sophisticated financial transactions and strategic legal issues. Squire asked him to relocate to its San Francisco office in 2002 to establish its public finance practice on the West Coast. Since 1986, he worked on over $27 billion of infrastructure financings in California and 13 other states. His clients included the U.S. Department of Transportation, the States of California and Florida, the Cities of San Francisco and San Diego, BART, L.A. Metro Transportation Authority, Arizona Department of Transportation and numerous other public bodies, non-profit hospitals and companies. He also represented Morgan Stanley, Citibank, Merrill Lynch and other investment bankers as underwriter’s counsel on a broad range of financings for public infrastructure and nonprofit hospitals in over 10 states.
Bob has served Public Advocates in several capacities for many years. He joined the Finance Committee as a non-board member and served for 8 years before being elected to the Board of Governors in 2013. He has also served on the board’s Development and Audit Committees. Bob continues to serve on the Finance Committee and has served the Governance and Executive Committees for the last 3 years.