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John L. Olson

John L. Olson

Practice areas:

Litigation, Estate Planning, Business, Construction & Development, Personal Injury, Family

About Me

John was born and raised on the Island of O`ahu, and moved to Kona in 1973 with his wife Jill (Roehrig) Olson. There, they raised two sons: Robert and Peter Olson, both of whom are attorneys.  Mr. Olson started practicing in Kona in 1973 with local attorney Richard Ishida.  In 1975, Mr. Olson joined the Office of the Public Defender in Hilo, where he became the supervising Deputy for the Big Island until he opened his own private practice in Kona in 1978. Mr. Olson's wife, Jill is a Co-Founder and now Executive Director of the Kona Historical Society. Mr. Olson's office was located at the Kealakekua Ranch Center for 34 years before renaming the firm and moving to our current location. Mr. Olson has two legal assitants, Rhee K. Manuel, and Shanelle Estoy, sisters. Mr. Olson is the Co-Founder of the West Hawai`i Bar Asssociation.  He is a former Per Diem Judge of the District and Family Court. Mr. Olson is an avid writer and outdoors man. His favorite activity being outrigger canoe paddling and canoe surfing. Mr. Olson's family can be seen canoe surfing at Ke`ei, and when the waves are big, at Kapahukapu ("Manini Point") in Kealakekua Bay.  He is always happy to share tales of his adventures in his beloved canoe, the ʻĪlio Kai, whether it be catching big waves, paddling around Hawai`i Island in 1993, or crossing the `Alenuihāhā Channel to Hāna, Maui in 2006.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Litigation: 35%
  2. Estate Planning: 17%
  3. Business: 16%
  4. Construction & Development: 12%
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Contingent (33%), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (3%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

2 total 

  • Robert Kenneth Olson

    I endorse John, very few attorneys practice in such a wide range of legal matters. He has the experience, knowledge, and skill to assist his clients in just about anything.


    Robert Olson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Peter S.R. Olson

    I am proud to work for John who is one of the most experienced attorneys on Hawaii Island. He has a diverse practice and the knowledge to assist his clients in a wide variety of matters. He has the tools to litigate and is zealous advocate for his clients.


    Peter Olson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact Info

Olson & Sons

79-7516 Hawai'i Belt Road
Kona-Kealakekua, HI, 96750

Olson & Sons

65-1291 Kawaihae Road
Room 102a
Kamuela, HI, 96743





Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Life Time Award for ServiceWest Hawaii Bar Association2012
Special Service CertificateUniveristy of San Francisco Law School1973
Symposium Editor - Symposium: Criminal DiscoveryLaw Review, University of San Francisco1973

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Judge Per DiemHawaii State Judiciary1979 - 1979
PresidentOlson & Sons, Attorneys-at-Law, A Law Corporation1978 - Present
Supervising Attorney - Hawaii IslandOffice of the Public Defender State of Hawaii1975 - 1978
AttorneyLaw Office of Richard Ishida1973 - 1975


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Keoua Canoe ClubVice President2013 - 2014
Hawaii State Bar Association, Bench/Bar CommitteeMember2012 - Present
West Hawaii Bar AssociationBench Bar Committee2012 - Present
West Hawaii Bar AssociationPresident1981 - 1982
West Hawaii Bar AssociationFounding Member1978 - Present
Hawaii State Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
Hawai`i Preparatory Academy Boosters ClubPresidentN/A
Keoua Canoe ClubPresidentN/A
Family Support Services of West Hawai`iDirectorN/A
Konawaena Elementary School PTAPresidentN/A

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Estate of Soledad CoronelProperty Returned
Hokuli`a LitigationIssue Resolved
SMA-10-41 Holuloa BayApplication Withdrawn

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Publication NameTitleDate
West Hawaii TodayAttorney's sons join him in practice2012
West Hawaii TodayPublic offers resounding 'no' to Lyman's condo2010
West Hawaii TodaySeaworthy once more2007
University of San Francisco Law ReviewSymposium: Criminal Discovery1973
University of San Francisco Law ReviewEscape: The Defenses of Duress & Necessity1972
University of San Francisco Law ReviewL.M. Smith, Reversible Error in First Degree Murder Convictions: The Modesto Rule Re-Examined1972


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Hawaii, ManoaSociologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
PresentationIsland of Hawaii Circumnavigation2012
Fatherhood and DivorceDivorce's Impact on Fathers2005
Police Recruit TrainingTrial in Criminal Cases1979