Thomas F. Olsen



Mr. Olsen holds an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review rating service.  As partner at Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, Mr. Olsen represents large businesses, developers and builders in various litigation cases, including personal injury claims, construction defect, and mechanic’s lien cases. He has defended his clients in disputes with state and local entities, and neighboring property owners, in arbitrations and trials in both state and federal courts. In addition, he has participated in hundreds of mediations and settlement conferences.

Prior to joining Lorber, Greenfield & Polito, Mr. Olsen practiced business, corporate, real estate, bankruptcy, and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) litigation in La Jolla, Calif. This includes cases as counsel of record in published Federal decisions in ADA litigation.

He is one of the authors of the Form Interrogatories – Construction Litigation, which is approved by the Judicial Council of California for use in all cases.

Mr. Olsen was counsel of record, successfully arguing in the California Court of Appeal in KB Home Greater Los Angeles, Inc. v. Sup. Ct. (Allstate) (2014) 223 Cal. App. 4th 1471, that the builder was entitled to judgment under California’s Right to Repair Act. This decision was published and was recently cited 3 times with approval by the California Supreme Court in McMillan Albany, LLC. v. Sup. Ct. (2018) 4 Cal. 4th 241, and has likewise been cited with approval by a large number of other published appellate cases.

Born and raised outside of New York City, Mr. Olsen now lives in San Diego.

Practice Area(s): Construction, Casualty and Business Law.

Admitted: State Bar of California; State Bar of Texas; State Bar of Washington; State Bar of Oregon; State Bar of New Mexico; State Bar of Arizona; State Bar of Colorado; and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal; United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California.

Memberships: San Diego County Bar Association; San Diego Defense Lawyers Association; Claims and Litigation Management Alliance; Association of Southern California Defense Counsel; and Barrister, J. Clifford Wallace Inn of Court.

School: University of San Diego, Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1996; and State University of New York, at Buffalo, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science with an emphasis in Biology, 1993.

Speaking Engagements: California Building Industry Association (CBIA).

Publications: Boundary Law, 1997; National Business Institute; Subrogation vs. Right to Repair in Defective Construction Claims, Litigation Management, Fall 2013; Bada Bing, Bada Building Boom, Construction Claims, Spring 2018.