Areas of Practice
Education
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1980
  • Arizona State University, B.S., summa cum laude, 1977, Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Arizona
201 E. Washington Street
Suite 1600
Phoenix AZ 85004
TEL: +1 602 257 5275
FAX: +1 602 257 5299

Kevin Olson has more than three decades of experience in providing corporate and transactional advice to companies on matters involving mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance, and other commercial transactions.  His practice emphasizes general corporate advice, mergers and acquisitions, securities and corporate finance, and other commercial transactions.

Mr. Olson serves as outside general counsel for leading Arizona businesses including Rockford Corporation, Global Solar, Inc., China Mist Tea Company, Westminster Village, Inc., and Royal Oaks Retirement Community.  He has also represented businesses outside Arizona, including Aldila, Inc., Facility Source, Inc., and The Ambassadors Group.  In his role as outside general counsel, Mr. Olson advises many clients about their day-to-day operations, including issues relating to product distribution, supplier contracts, customer contracts and executive employment arrangements.  He also has assisted many clients in connection with their initial organization, advising them about their choice of entity, initial capitalization, and other organizational matters.

A member of Steptoe’s Corporate, Securities & Finance Group, Mr. Olson has held various leadership positions with the State Bar of Arizona, Greater Phoenix Leadership, East Valley Partnership, and both the Phoenix and Tempe Chambers of Commerce.  He has been named repeatedly as one of Arizona’s “Top Lawyers” by AzBusiness Magazine and Ranking Arizona.

Representative Matters

Examples of transactions Mr. Olson has worked on include:  

  • Represented Rockford Corporation in connection with a “Dutch Auction” to purchase over $9 million of its shares
  • Represented Aldila, Inc., in connection with the merger of Aldila with Mitsubishi Rayon Corporation, producing approximately $24 million for its shareholders
  • Represented the founder of Cranial Technology, Inc., in the sale of control to a private equity investment firm
  • Represented the shareholders of Mercer Global Advisors, a leading financial planning firm for dentists, in completing the sale of their business for approximately $125 million to a private equity firm
  • Initial public offering of approximately $35 million of common stock for manufacturing company
  • Commercial contracts relating to the development and wind down of a commercial satellite communication system
  • Representation of local management in connection with the leveraged purchase of Arizona manufacturing operations from a Fortune 500 company
  • The $9 million purchase and financing of a major manufacturer's Arizona facilities
  • Representation of shareholders of an Arizona based manufacturer in connection with their $68 million stock sale to new private investors
  • Rendering of legal opinions in many Arizona transactions, both as principal lawyer on a matter and as Arizona local counsel

Noteworthy

  • Southwest Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate Law, 2012-2016
  • AzBusiness Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2008-2009, 2013
  • Ranking Arizona Magazine, Top Lawyers: Mergers & Acquisitions, 2013

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Professional Affiliations

  • Past Chair, Securities Council, State Bar of Arizona
  • Past Chair, Business Section, State Bar of Arizona
  • Executive Committee, East Valley Partnership, Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Past President, Tempe Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce