Mr. Olsan leads the firm’s real estate and business law practice groups. He practices in the areas of real estate transactions, business and non-profit entity formation and governance, purchase and sale of businesses, and other business contracts and transactions, as well as construction transactions, commercial property leasing, mortgage and finance law, and land use law.
Mr. Olsan is an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated attorney*, and the California State Bar Board of Trustees has appointed him to the Executive Committee of the State Bar Real Property Law Section. He has also been recognized by his peers by being named to the list of Northern California Super Lawyers®
After being admitted to the State Bar of California in 1991, Mr. Olsan began practice as a litigation attorney in Southern California. In 1993, Mr. Olsan joined the office of Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher and Gray in Santa Rosa, where he practiced civil litigation, and counseled clients in real estate and business matters. He became a partner there in 1998. Mr. Olsan has been a partner at Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller and Moskowitz LLP since 2008.
Mr. Olsan has negotiated and documented many significant real estate and business transactions, including purchases, sales, leasing and construction of wineries, shopping centers, office buildings, vineyards, ranches, development and subdivision land, estate homes, and conservation and other easements. He also practices in the area of for-profit and non-profit business entity formation and governance, business purchases, sales, mergers, and acquisitions, property owners association law, construction law, land use, zoning and planning.
Some of his notable real estate and development transactions include: representing the Sonoma Land Trust in the single largest conservation land acquisition in Sonoma County history; representing Codding Enterprises in its sale of a tenancy in common interest in Coddingtown Mall to Simon Property Group; representing the private seller of a 27,000-acre, 250+ parcel ranch; and representation of the Sonoma State University Foundation in the financing and development of the Green Music Center. His practice includes representing real estate brokerage firms and Associations of REALTORS® regarding corporate governance, disclosure issues, broker risk management, and REALTOR® disciplinary and arbitration hearings. Mr. Olsan also assists clients who are negotiating with governmental agencies in real estate transactions, including condemnation-related matters.
Mr. Olsan has represented private individuals, businesses of all kinds, non-profit corporations, and academic and governmental institutions, including the Sonoma Land Trust, Codding Enterprises, Korbel Champagne Cellars, Dehlinger Winery, Calistoga Winegrowers, Domaine Della Winery, Siduri Wines, Copain Wine Cellars, Boich Family Cellars, Sonoma State University Foundation, Sonoma State Enterprises, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Prudential California Realty, Manor Development Company, Shook and Waller Construction, the City of Santa Rosa, and the North Bay, Marin, and Oakland/Berkeley Associations of REALTORS®. He is frequently called on to lecture to and consult with real estate industry groups and brokers on transactional and disclosure issues, broker risk management, and on broker discipline and arbitration hearings. He is a regular participant in the California Association of REALTORS®’ Legal Affairs Forums, and participates in the development of the statewide Association’s real estate contract forms that are the gold standard in California.
Mr. Olsan completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley (1987), and received his Juris Doctor from McGeorge School of Law (1991). He served as the Executive Director of the California Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government (1986-1988). Mr. Olsan was a writer for the Pacific Law Journal’s Legislation Staff (1989-1990) and served on the Journal’s Board of Editors (1990-1991). He is a member of the California State Bar (Real Property and Business Law Sections), and the Sonoma County Bar Association.
Mr. Olsan is admitted to practice in the State of California, U.S. District Court Central District of California, U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, U.S. District Court Northern District of California, U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit.
Mr. Olsan is an active community volunteer and leader. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Career Technical Education Foundation, and is the past president of the Santa Rosa Downtown Market, was a longtime Board member and Executive Committee Member at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, and past president of Santa Rosa’s Reform Jewish Congregation Shomrei Torah. Mr. Olsan has also provided pro bono legal services for local non-profits including the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition, the Ceres Community Project, the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, and the Napa County Bicycle Coalition. He has volunteered as a pro bono arbitrator for the Sonoma County Superior Court since 1996.
*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.