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Areas of Practice

  • Employment
  • Civil Rights
  • International Human Rights

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2014


  • University of California, Irvine School of Law, Irvine, California
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Best Oral Argument, UC Irvine Moot Court Competition
    • Honors: UCI Chapter of the American Constitution Society: President
    • Honors: UCI Moot Court Board: President
  • Wesleyan University
    • B.A. - 2000
    • Honors: Departmental Honors
    • Major: History

Past Employment Positions

  • Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Clerk
  • Honorable Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Clerk
  • Service Employees International Union and affiliates, 2001 to 2010
Brian Olney


Pasadena, CA





Brian Olney is a partner at Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai LLP.  He specializes in employment, civil rights, and International human rights law.  He represents plaintiffs in state court, federal court, and arbitration proceedings, and at all stages of litigation, from pre-litigation negotiations through discovery, trial, and appeal.

Mr. Olney’s cases include a successful jury verdict in a fatal police shooting and a $4.5 million confidential settlement in a wrongful termination case on behalf of a senior executive. Mr. Olney also represented a high school student with disabilities in Meares v. Rim of the World Unified School District, 269 F. Supp. 3d 1041 (C.D. Cal. 2016), which resulted in a $1 million settlement, the creation of a Parent Advisory Board for parents of special needs students who attend the district’s schools, and the first federal court decision recognizing an equal right under the IDEA for students with disabilities to participate in extracurricular activities.

Mr. Olney was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers List as a Rising Star in 2018 and 2019.

Prior to joining Hadsell Stormer, Mr. Olney clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Margaret M. Morrow of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Mr. Olney graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in 2013. At UCI Irvine, Mr. Olney represented hotel workers and day laborers in wage-and-hour cases and immigration proceedings through the UC Irvine Immigrant Rights Clinic. He received awards for the highest performance in seven courses and was awarded Best Oral Argument in the UC Irvine Moot Court Competition. While in Law School, Brian completed externships with the ACLU of Southern California and International Human Rights attorney Paul Hoffman.

From 2001 through 2010, Mr. Olney worked for the Service Employees International Union and its affiliates, leading campaigns to help healthcare workers win a voice on the job. While at SEIU, Mr. Olney also served as a Research Director and led lobbying efforts to pass legislation strengthening nursing home transparency and oversight.

Mr. Olney received his B.A. with Departmental Honors in History from Wesleyan University in 2000.

Mr. Olney is admitted to the State Bar of California.

Published Works

  • Paycheck Protection or Paycheck Deception? When Government “Subsidies” Silence Political Speech, in 4 UC IRVINE L. REV. 881 (2014)
  • Collective Bargaining is Not the Cause of State Budget Problems, in WHEN STATES GO BROKE: ORIGINS, CONTEXT AND SOLUTIONS FOR THE AMERICAN STATES IN FISCAL CRISIS (Peter Conti-Brown & David Skeel eds., Cambridge University Press) (2012) (with Catherine Fisk)
  • Nurse Staffing and Deficiencies in the Largest For-Profit Nursing Home Chains and Chains Owned by Private Equity Companies, HEALTH SERVICES RES. (2011) (with Charlene Harrington, Helen Carrillo, and Taewoo Kang)
  • Ownership, Financing, and Management Strategies of the Ten Largest For-Profit Nursing Home Chains in the United States, INT’L J. HEALTH SERVICES (2011) (with Charlene Harrington, Clarilee Hauser, and Pauline Vaillancourt Rosenau)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Lawyers Guild
  • California Employment Lawyers Association
  • American Constitution Society, Next Generation Leader