Jack H. Olender

Jack H. Olender (Washington, District of Columbia)

Jack H. Olender

Attorney in Washington, DC



Jack H. Olender is president of the malpractice law firm Jack H. Olender and Associates, PC. 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. Mr. Olender 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.

Jack Olender has 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 Jack Olender 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 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.

Mr. 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 (limited to 100 of the very best malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the country). 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.

Olender has been honored numerous times for his legal excellence, stalwart advocacy on behalf of the injured, and concern for human and civil rights. Most recently, Jack Olender was honored by the Legal Times as one of "The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years." Selected as a Visionary, Attorney Olender was the only malpractice/personal injury lawyer to be honored. He 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 Jack 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, Jack 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.

Jack Olender 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.

Jack 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.

Mr. Olender is a summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh Law School, and a Master of Laws in Forensic Medicine from George Washington University. He is a member of the D.C., Maryland, and Pennsylvania Bars.

-Chief trial counsel in the first multi-million dollar obstetric malpractice verdict in the country

-The first lawyer in the District of Columbia certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy

-Diplomate of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and Inner Circle of Advocates (limited to 100 of the very best personal injury and malpractice lawyers in the country) (Olender is the only lawyer in the District of Columbia who is a diplomate of ABOTA).

Professional Leadership

-President, Public Justice, PC, Board of Directors, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

-Board of Directors, Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists

-Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice Foundation

-Past President, Bar Association of the District of Columbia

-Past President, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.

-Past President, American Board of Trial Advocates, D.C.

-Past President, George Washington American Inn of Court

-Past Board of Directors, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Community Leadership

-Board of Directors, African-American Civil War Memorial Freedom Foundation

-Board of Directors, Greater Washington Urban League

-Board of Directors, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation

-Board of Visitors, University of Pittsburgh Law School

-Board of Visitors, Howard University Law School

Honors and Awards

-Honored as a Visionary among "The 90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 Years" by the Legal Times

-Recipient, Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit, Washington Bar Association

-Inducted, Hall of Fame, National Bar Association

-Honored, Champion of Justice, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.

-Honored, Champion of Democracy, D.C. Vote

-Honored, Lawyer of the Year, Bar Association of the District of Columbia

-Honored, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Trial Lawyers Association, D.C.

-Honored, Advocate for Justice, National Bar Association

-Honored, Commitment to Justice Award, B’nai B’rith International






-Honored, Ollie Mae Cooper Award, Washington Bar Association

-Honored by Public Citizen for his “groundbreaking achievements for bringing accountability to American medicine and ... tireless dedication to the welfare of the citizens of Washington through advocacy and philanthropy"

-Hall of Fame, District of Columbia

-Hall of Fame, Washington Bar Association

-Repeatedly named one of Washington’s top lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine. In a recent profile of Washington’s top 75 lawyers, Washingtonian proclaimed Olender to be “a medical malpractice wizard ... Olender is a giant of the plaintiffs' bar, a reputation earned over years of devoted service to his clients.”

-Repeatedly named in The Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Who’s Who in the Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World

Published Works

Jack Olender’s commentaries and articles have appeared in numerous publications including the following:

-ABA Journal

-Afro-American Newspapers

-Everyday Law

-Federal Lawyer

-Forward

-Group Practice Journal

-NBA Magazine

-National Law Journal

-Trial

-The Washington Business Journal

-The Washington Post

-The Washington Times

-Washington Legal Times.

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Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Birth Injuries
  • Birth Trauma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Position
President
Admission Details
Admitted in 1961, District of Columbia
1965, U.S. Supreme Court
1966, Maryland
1985, Pennsylvania
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Law School Attended
University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1960
J.D.

George Washington University, Law School and Medical School
Class of 1961
LL.M.
Forensic Medicine
University Attended
University of Pittsburgh
Class of 1957
A.B.
summa cum laude
Birth Information
Born in 1935
McKeesport, Pennsylvania, September 8, 1935
Associations & Memberships
The District of Columbia Bar; Bar Association of the District of Columbia (President, 1999-2000); Maryland Trial Lawyers Association; The American Association of Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 1973-1976); Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (President, 1969-1970); George Washington American Inns of Court (President, 1991-1992); Public Justice (Member, Board of Directors, 1991-); American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (Member, Board of Directors, 1992-); American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys; American College of Legal Medicine; The Inner Circle of Advocates; American Board of Trial Advocates (President, D.C. Chapter, 1993-1995).
Bar Fellowship
American College of Trial Lawyers; International Academy of Trial Lawyers; American Bar Foundation.

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Contact Information

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Firm Address
Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
888 17th Street, N.W., 4th Floor,
Washington, DC 20006
U.S.A.
Fax
(202) 393-2245
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Jack H. Olender
President
Jack H. Olender & Associates, P.C.
888 17th Street, N.W., 4th Floor,
Washington, DC 20006

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