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Charlie Olson practices primarily in the area of governmental and civil rights litigation, as well as business and personal injury defense. He also serves as general counsel for numerous cities, local governments, and water supply corporations.

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 (1998-2000)
  • Frequent speaker on topics relating to local government
  • Waco Business League, President (2012)
  • Board of Trustees, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas (2016-Present)
    • President – Southwestern University Alumni Association (2018-2020)
  • Board of Directors, Waco Industrial Foundation (2019-Present)
  • Board of Regents of the Texas State Technical College System (1993-1999)
  • Board of Trustees of the Waco Independent School District
    • At Large Member (1999-2005)
    • President (2003)
  • Parents for Public Schools
    • National President (1995-1997)
  • Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Director (2007-2010)
  • Texas Lyceum Association, Director (2001-2007)
  • Waco-McLennan County Young Lawyers Association, President (1991-1992)
  • Service on boards of numerous local charitable organizations