In his own words: Karl Olsen of Parsons, Behle & Latimer |

In his own words: Karl Olsen of Parsons, Behle & Latimer

NNBW staff

Northern Nevada Business Weekly: Tell us about firm its specialties, its history, the size of its staff:Karl Olsen: Parsons Behle & Latimer started in 1882, and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, with offices in Reno and Las Vegas. We handle matters for clients in many different fields, including mining, commercial litigation, environmental, water, and employment.NNBW: What role do you play in the company?Olsen: I am a shareholder in the litigation department, and primarily handle commercial litigation, with a focus on business disputes, construction law, and personal injury.NNBW: How did you get into this profession? Olsen: I graduated college with a double major in political science and history, and didnt really want to continue in either of those fields. Someone suggested I look into law school, and that seemed like it could be interesting. As it turned out, it was.NNBW: What is something no one knows about your job? Olsen: Most lawyers, at least in northern Nevada, are genuinely nice, friendly people, who really care about their work. Its been an unexpected surprise and benefit of being a part of this community.NNBW: If you could have had any other profession what would it have been? Why wasnt it your first choice?Olsen: Well, I wanted to own a record store when I was in high school, then a bike shop when in college, but someone once told me that I shouldnt make a job out of a hobby.NNBW: How do you spend your time away from the office? Olsen: Outdoors, with my wife, Lauren, and our two boys, Ian and Tate. We go camping and mountain biking frequently in the summer, and skiing in the winter.NNBW: Do you have a favorite vacation memory? Olsen: Its hard to narrow it down, but Ill have to say hiking the Inca trail in Peru with Lauren a few years back. The ruins along the way to Machu Picchu were, in a way, more impressive since we could walk among the structures without any crowds.NNBW: Of all the things you learned from your parents, which do you feel was the most valuable?Olsen: Do whatever you like, but like what you do, and youll do well at it.NNBW: What is the quirkiest or oddest job youve ever had? Olsen: The Music Zone indie record store in Salinas, Calif. If youve seen the movie High Fidelity, it was something like that.NNBW: Whats the best advice anyone ever gave you?Olsen: Its unprintable, but ___ your turns, dont ___ your turns! (Brant Moles, giving ski instruction).NNBW: What do you like most about your job? What do you like least? Olsen: Like most: The people I work with. I think thats the key to any job, anywhere. Like least: Sometimes the workload can get a bit overwhelming, but I know that I have the support of my coworkers and my family to get me through it.The basicsName: Karl Olsen, attorney, Parsons Behle & LatimerHow long have you been in this job? Two yearsHow long in the profession? 10 yearsEducation: J.D., University of Utah College of Law, 1998; B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1994Best book youve read? Im not sure if I have a favorite, but Im currently reading Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.Whats on your iPod? All sorts of things 70s industrial, 80s new wave and post-punk, etc. Playing on this mornings drive in was the Replacements.The best movie ever? Casablanca. Well always have Paris.Do you have a nickname? If no, have you ever? No, never had.


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