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Charlie Olson practices primarily in the area of local government law. He serves as general counsel for numerous cities in Texas. He also represents water supply corporations. Charlie is active in the areas of government and civil rights litigation.

Charlie taught in the trial advocacy program at the Baylor University School of Law serving as an adjunct professor of Practice Court. He also serves as an adjunct professor in Municipal Law.

Charlie was admitted to the Texas Bar in 1980.  He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas.  Charlie is board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.


  • Southwestern University, B.S., 1978
  • Baylor University Law School, J.D., 1979


  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Texas


  • American Bar Association, State and Local Government Section – Executive Committee (1997-1999)
  • Frequent speaker on topics relating to local government
  • Former member;
    • Board of Regents – Texas State Technical College System
    • Board of Trustees – Waco Independent School District
      • President (2003)
    •  Board of Trustees – Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
    •  Board of Directors – Texas Parent PAC
  • Southwestern University Alumni Association, President (2018-2020)
  • Texas Lyceum Association, Director (2001-2007)
  • Waco Business League, President (2012)
  • Waco Industrial Foundation, Director (2019-Present)
  • Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Director (2007-2010)
  • Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, President (1991-1992)
  • Parents for Public Schools
    • National President (1995-1997)
  • Member Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association
  • Service on boards of numerous local charitable organizations