Trisha A. Olson
Ms. Olson received her B.A. degree in English and secondary education, cum laude, from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in 2001 and her J.D. from New York Law School in 2008. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Olson was a high school English teacher and special education 1:1 aide in suburban Chicago schools. While attending law school, Ms. Olson clerked at a law firm representing families of students with autism, ran the Sanctuary for Families-Courtroom Advocates Program and was a research assistant for Nadine Strossen, the then-president of the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to joining Hauser, Izzo, Petrarca, Gleason & Stillman, LLC, Ms. Olson represented parents of students with disabilities, private schools, as well as boards of education and municipalities. Ms. Olson also previously represented the Illinois State Board of Education as an assistant general counsel dedicated to issues of special education, homeless student education, residency, and English learner programs. Ms. Olson has served as an elected member of the Chicago Public Schools local school council.