“Jack Olender has been in hot pursuit of justice for many years. His many awards bestow upon him the titles of Champion of Justice, Champion of Democracy, and Trial Lawyer of the Year. He was named by The Legal Times as one of the 90 greatest Washington Lawyers of the last 30 years. He is a member of the Halls of Fame of the District of Columbia, the National Bar Association and the Washington Bar Association. We are pleased and honored to name Mr. Olender as our Pursuit of Justice Award recipient,” said Fletcher D. Handley Jr., Chair of the TIPS Plaintiffs Policy Task Force.
Olender will receive the award during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting April 25 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., during the TIPS Spring Leadership Meeting joint reception with the ABA Judicial Division.
Olender is president of the medical malpractice and personal injury law firm Jack H. Olender and Associates. He has served as president of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the Trial Lawyers Association, D.C., the American Board of Trial Advocates, D.C., and the George Washington American Inn of Court. He was the first lawyer in the District of Columbia certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Since winning the nation’s first multi-million dollar obstetric malpractice verdict in 1976, he has won or settled more than 200 cases upwards of $1 million each.
Olender is a diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and Inner Circle of Advocates. He is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. He and his law firm have a rating of “AV,” the highest possible grade for legal ability from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
He has also been featured on numerous network, cable, and local television and radio programs, including 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Larry King Live, and MSNBC’s Buchanan and Press. D.C. area media have repeatedly called him the “King of Malpractice” and his firm has been described as “the local heavyweight malpractice law firm” by the Washington Business Journal. In a December 2004 profile of Washington’s top 30 lawyers, Washingtonian magazine said, “of all the medical-malpractice lawyers in the country, none is more feared or recognized than Jack Olender…” All five firm attorneys are named in Best Lawyers in America and three have been designated Super Lawyers by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2008, published by Law and Politics.
Olender has been honored numerous times for his legal excellence, unwavering advocacy on behalf of the injured, and concern for human and civil rights. Most recently, he was honored by the Legal Times as one of “The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years.” Selected as a Visionary, he was the only malpractice/personal injury lawyer to be honored.
Olender has been named Lawyer of the Year by both the Bar Association, D.C. and by the Trial Lawyers Association, D.C. and is a recipient of the prestigious Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit of the Washington Bar Association. Other honors include the Champion of Justice Award and Outstanding Leader Award of the Trial Lawyers Association, D.C., two Presidential Awards of the National Bar Association, Commitment to Justice Award of B’nai B’rith International, the Ollie May Cooper Award and President’s Award of the Washington Bar Association, the Champion of Democracy Award of D.C. Vote, the Greater Washington Urban League’s Community Service Award, and awards for Distinguished Alumnus of the Year from the University of Pittsburgh Law School and of the George Washington University Law School.
At its 30th anniversary celebration, consumer watchdog organization Public Citizen honored Olender for his “groundbreaking achievements in bringing accountability to American medicine” and his “tireless dedication to the welfare of the citizens of Washington through advocacy and philanthropy.” He has been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the District of Columbia, the Washington Bar Association and the National Bar Association.
Along with his wife, Lovell, Olender, is founder of the Olender Foundation, which exists to promote opportunity and equality, especially for the citizens of the District of Columbia. The National Bar Association has honored them both as Advocates for Justice.
He is currently a board member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, African-American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation, Luke C. Moore Academy, and Greater Washington Urban League. He serves on the executive committees of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Pittsburgh Law School and of the Howard University Law School, and serves on the board of the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation.
Olender lectures regularly on malpractice and trial law to bar associations and medical societies, and has published extensively on legal and medical issues. His commentaries and articles appeared in ABA Journal, Afro-American Newspapers, Everyday Law, Federal Lawyer, The Forward, Group Practice Journal, NBA Magazine, The National Law Journal, Trial Magazine, The Washington Business Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Legal Times and numerous other periodicals.
Olender is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa 1957 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School in 1960, and a Master of Laws in Forensic Medicine from George Washington University Law School and Medical School in 1961. He was admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in 1961, Maryland Bar in 1966 and Pennsylvania Bar in 1985.
The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.