BIRMINGHAM, AL—Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC partner Lana A. Olson will assume the role of president of DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, at the organization’s annual meeting this week.
Olson is the fifth female president in DRI’s history and its first female president from Alabama.
A longtime DRI member and board director, Olson has broadened the organization’s membership and influence on the legal industry, revolutionizing the organization’s charitable and lawyer self-care initiatives. She helped establish the Women in the Law Committee, which has grown into one of DRI’s most respected and influential groups. Olson also broadened DRI’s philanthropic arm, DRI Cares, to create new community service opportunities for DRI members nationwide.
Olson said her plan as president is to continue reshaping DRI into an organization that arms today’s defense lawyers and in-house counsel with the tools they need to grow successful careers. Her planned initiatives include expanding on-demand CLE offerings, networking events and leadership training opportunities for members.
“As president of DRI, I plan to continue transforming the organization for the benefit of all members,” Olson said. “Our initiatives will help DRI stay in tune and touch with members, providing them what they need as they face emerging challenges in their practices and professional lives.”
Olson focuses her legal practice on complex, high-stakes litigation in various areas, including environmental and toxic torts, product liability, business disputes and catastrophic injury. In addition to her regular litigation practice, Olson served as the assistant general counsel for a leading heavy truck component distributor for seven years.