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Ted Olson's Memories of Ronald Reagan

Ted.jpgWe recently had a chance to ask Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher about his experiences working with Ronald Reagan, both as his Solicitor General and personal lawyer. As you can see, the Gipper left quite an impression on Olson.

"I was very, very fortunate to work him long before he was President. His legal work was done by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and I was a participant, along with William French Smith, who became Attorney General, on Ronald Reagan's legal matters, and then I wrote his blind trust when he became President. I also worked with him as Assistant Attorney General and represented him during the Iran-Contra matter, which lasted several years. I spent time at his home reading his diary and Mrs. Reagan's diary in connection with that.

"President Reagan was enormously warm and generous in spirit as a human being; he was always trying to put whomever he was with at ease. Humor was his technique for making someone relaxed. He had an immense amount of confidence in himself and his ideas but was still an enormously humble man. He never felt better or greater or more distinguished than the people that he was talking to, no matter who he was talking to. He was once urged during a campaign to be photographed walking on the beach in short-sleeves and he said the people wouldn't believe that, that's not me, I am going to be myself.

"It was remarkable to see how steadfast he was in believing that he had to be successful in reducing taxes and dealing with the Soviet Union and bringing about control of nuclear weapons and the end of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. He believed he could accomplish these things and I believe that his determination and his personality and his character were decisive factors in changing our world. If you grew up in those days, as I did, thinking that any day there could be a thermonuclear war that could end existence on this planet, and now that seems so far in the distant past. It's a different world because of him."

Look for more from Olson in an upcoming issue of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine.


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The Dream Team

Bush v. Gore may have divided the country, but it brought together the two attorneys arguing it: Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, an assistant attorney general in the Reagan administration and future solicitor general for President George W. Bush; and David Boies of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, a former aide to Sen. Ted Kennedy, who represented the government in U.S. v. Microsoft. In the aftermath of the 2000 election the two men became friends, sharing summer bike trips with their wives and an interest in wine. And in 2009, they famously teamed up in the Proposition 8 case, winning back the right for same-sex couples to marry in California.

In January, Super Lawyers Magazine sat down with Boies and Olson at the Four Seasons in New York City for a wide-ranging discussion about marriage equality, law firm culture, what each looks for in a new hire and the future of the billable hour.

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Q: What advice would you have for a young man or woman looking to go to law school in this environment?

Boies: Even before they decide to go, I'd say, "Why are you going?" If you're going to get a really good education that will teach you to think and solve problems, regardless of whether you practice law or not, that's a good reason to go. If you're interested in the justice system, that's an even better reason to go. If you're just trying to mark time, that's a poor reason to go.

Olson: Don't go to law school because you want to make lots of money. There are other ways to make lots of money. If you really get a bang out of practicing law and solving problems and trying to persuade and doing something very creative, and if you like the history and you like the law and you like the structure of our legal system, then you're going to be spending your life doing things that you like. That's the only reason to do it.

Q: Is that what you're looking for when recent law school graduates try to get jobs at your firms?

Olson: Absolutely. You want people that really love to work, and want to work hard, and have manifested, through their achievement in college and law school, that they have the ability to think these problems through. It's the enthusiasm. You can see it in their eyes. 

By Erik Lundegaard and Cindy Larson (2014 Washington D.C. Super Lawyers Magazine)

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