Co-Chair of the Firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Olivia has litigated a wide range of matters for corporations, LLC’s, professional service companies and individuals. She has particular expertise handling disputes involving real estate and construction projects. Representing contractors, architectural and engineering firms and property developers and owners, her experience includes: design and construction defect claims; issues involving subcontractors; mechanics’ liens; and claims involving breach of contract, fraud, theft, negligence, misrepresentations and damage to property.
When law and technology collide, Olivia serves as a resource to the firm and its clients on electronic discovery. She works with colleagues and clients to assess and address legal obligations and avoid potential issues surrounding the preservation and handling of electronic information. In the context of litigation, Olivia assists with the preservation, production and acquisition of electronic information. As the business world increasingly goes “paperless” and the volume of electronically stored information grows exponentially, Olivia ensures that no client falls behind the technology curve. A great advocate for her clients, Olivia also teaches negotiation techniques at the University of Wisconsin.
Construction / Real Estate / Architecture and Engineering
- Assisted in representing a construction company, on behalf of an insurance company, against design and construction defect claims of a public administration building in Illinois. Successfully resolved the matter without going to trial, effectively avoiding an additional liability in excess of $1.5 million.
- Successfully achieved favorable resolution of construction installation defect claims for a masonry company.
- Represented an architectural design firm against design and installation defect claims related to a county correctional facility.
- Represented a structural engineer against design defect claims related to an underground basketball court in a residential lake property, and successfully resolved claims against the structural engineer on summary judgment.
- Successfully achieved favorable resolution representing a large construction company in a matter involving mechanic’s lien and breach of contract claims, as well as defended against defective installation claims, related to installation of over 1,300 miles of fiber backbone on a large-scale broadband infrastructure project.
- Obtained jury verdict in favor of homeowners against homebuilder and landscaping companies in a case involving negligence, damage to property and violations of the Wisconsin Home Improvement Practices Act.
- Represented homeowners against homebuilder in a case involving construction defects, theft by contractor, fraud and misrepresentations; the homeowners received $600,000 in damages, including recovery of attorneys’ fees.
- Successfully achieved a favorable resolution for a metal fabrication company in a multi-year arbitration against a large steel manufacturing company in a matter involving construction acceleration and breach of contract.
Discovery / Expert Witnesses
- Experienced in complex discovery matters, including client management of discovery, records retention and production of documents, drafting discovery requests and responses, as well coordinating and managing the subpoena process to third parties.
- Prepares witnesses for depositions, including corporate designee witnesses.
- One of the primary resources within the firm responsible for the seamless preservation obligations of the e-discovery process for clients, collaborates extensively with the IT departments, and with General Counsel, CIOs, or other officers and directors to ensure the entire client and attorney team implements and adheres to the scope of discovery and preservation obligations, while also allowing the client to continue to conduct business operations concurrently.
- Works with numerous expert witnesses from a variety of professional fields ranging from valuation experts to certified public accountants, forensic computer analysts and medical professionals. Researches, vets, and interviews experts for testimony. Experienced with expert deposition preparation, including preparation for Daubert hearings, and defending and asserting Daubert motions.
- Successfully assisted in obtaining dismissal of claims by serving a Federal Rule 11 motion on an opposing party in representation of 6-7 individual sales representatives.
- Worked in collaboration with a senior DeWitt attorney to successfully resolve a client’s claims against former employees for theft of trade secrets, including complex e-discovery issues involving spoliation of evidence and production of electronically stored information from opposing parties.
- Assisted with the successful representation of two medical professionals asserting claims against their employer for breach of contract involving the gross miscalculation of compensation. Representation included defending against the employer’s appeal of our successful $1.3 million judgment.
- Assisted business clients with developing vendor agreements and customer service terms in connection with an online retail market.
Articles / Presentations
“Cyberattacks & Ethics: Failure to Prepare Is Preparation for Failure” Co-Presenter with Megan Senatori for the DeWitt Annual Ethics Seminar (Fall 2018)
“Evolving Technology Leads to Evolving Ethical Duty of Competence,” Presenter for the DeWitt Annual Ethics Seminar (Fall 2014)