Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude; George Washington University, B.A., with honors. After serving as the Editor of Georgetown’s AMERICAN CRIMINAL LAW REVIEW, Ollanik served as Law Clerk to Judge Robert G. Coats of the Alaska Court of Appeals, 1984-1985, and then litigated civil and criminal cases for Gilmore & Feldman in Anchorage. He next worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Colorado for three years, where he concentrated on litigating environmental cases and served as lead counsel in Superfund litigation and as the state’s negotiator in the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Site Natural Resources Damages lawsuit. He has lived and practiced law in Boulder since 1985, where he has focused on products liability law. He is the co-author (with Francis “Brother” Hare and Jim Gilbert) of FULL DISCLOSURE (AAJ Press), one of the leading books on using discovery to get the truth from corporate defendants. He also is the author of 30 book chapters and journal articles, including on Daubert and expert testimony, auto safety litigation, discovery, and complex litigation, including Auto Design Defects in ATLA’s LITIGATING TORT CASES (West–AAJ Press 2009). He has served on the Editorial Board of the ABA’s TORT AND INSURANCE LAW JOURNAL, on the Board of Directors of the Attorney’s Information Exchange Group (AIEG), the premier litigation group for product litigators, and the Board of Directors of Public Justice (PJ) (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ)). He frequently lectures to attorney organizations throughout the country including the ABA, National College of Advocacy, and state trial lawyer associations. In 2013, he was elected to the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA).

Ollanik’s writing and practice focus on products liability, discovery issues, and the admissibility of expert opinion testimony.