Haley & Olson, P.C. was formed in 1981. Since that time, our lawyers have been privileged to represent and assist individuals, businesses, banks and local governments in a variety of legal matters across the United States. We have a superior track record of providing high quality work, and efficiently and effectively achieving the best results for our clients.
Our lawyers practice in a variety of different areas, which gives our clients a tremendous advantage. This diversity, along with available resources and dedication, allows our clients to achieve the results they desire with speed and efficiency—especially when the most complex legal issues are involved.
Our lawyers’ abilities have not gone unnoticed. We are frequently referred cases from or asked to be co-counsel with lawyers who have been previously opposed to us. We are also regularly asked to represent individuals and businesses who were previously opposed to us in prior cases, which is perhaps the ultimate compliment for a lawyer to receive.
Simply put, our lawyers are committed to excellence and providing some of the most aggressive representation available. We have the size, experience, and resources necessary to take on and handle the most complex cases. Contact us today for more information about our law firm and how we can put our experience to work for you.
The Heritage of Haley & Olson
Judge Wilmer C. Haley
Judge Haley was born in Red River County, Texas and graduated from Dallas public schools. He received his law degree in 1937 from Southern Methodist University and was admitted to the Texas bar the same year.
“Judge,” as he was known in the Waco legal community, actively practiced law in Waco for over 59 years. His clients included McLennan County and many other Central Texas counties, as well as many local physicians. The Judge gave legal advice on several historic projects in Waco, including negotiating with the federal government for the location of Lake Waco and the attendant complexities dealing with that project. He was a zealous advocate for his clients, regardless of the nature of the undertaking.
He held the offices of City Judge of Waco (1943-48); City Commissioner, Waco (1949-50); and County Judge, McLennan County (1960). He was a member of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association and served in many offices, including the office of President in 1955-56. He was very active in the State Bar. He held many offices at the State level, including Director and Chairman of the Board of the State Bar of Texas. He was an instructor of insurance and related subjects at Baylor Law School for more than ten years.
He was a distinguished member of the Masonic Lodge, having achieved recognition for his fifty-year membership of Herring Lodge, where he served as Worshipful Master in 1960. He was also a Scottish Rite Mason and was honored with the 32nd degree Knight Commander Court of Honour and a long-time member of the Karem Shrine. Judge Haley was also a respected counselor and advisor to local businesses and served on the boards of local banks and other businesses and charitable organizations, and was especially devoted to the local Salvation Army Board of Directors.
Lyndon Olson was a native of Waco. He was the son of a Swedish immigrant who was a career soldier. Mr. Olson graduated from Waco schools and served in the United States Army during World War II. He graduated from Baylor Law School in 1950 and, for 55 years, represented numerous municipalities, individuals, and businesses throughout Texas. He was a former City Attorney for the City of Waco. Mr. Olson served twelve years on the Board of Trustees of the Waco Independent School District and twenty years on the Board of the Brazos River Authority. A highlight of his long, productive career came when he successfully argued the landmark case of Avery v. Midland County before the Supreme Court of the United States. In that case Mr. Olson, along with his brother, Bill, represented the Mayor of Midland, Texas in his claim that the precincts of the county commissioners of Midland County should have balanced populations. In its holding, the U.S. Supreme Court, for the first time, applied the principal of proportionate representation, or “one man, one vote,” to an entity of local government.
Mr. Olson was a lifelong member, and fourth generation Sunday school teacher, at Central Presbyterian Church. He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of James H. Lockwood Masonic Lodge in Waco. He served as President of the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association and on the boards of numerous local charities.