Attorney General Sam Olens appeared as a Special Guest today on Atlanta Legal Experts Radio. We are helping him get the word out about his project in fighting against teens abuse of prescription drugs, “We’re Not Gonna Take It,” his fight against the current epidemic of Human Trafficking, and his endorsement of the “Georgia Legal Food Frenzy,” a competition among many attorneys and law firms raising money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank to fight against childhood hunger.
Biography of Attorney General Sam Olens
Sam Olens was re-elected to a second term as Georgia’s 53rd Attorney General on November 4, 2014.
As Attorney General, Olens is committed to serving Georgians by defending the U.S. and Georgia Constitutions and upholding the rule of law.
He has fought for stronger laws to protect Georgians. In 2011, he worked with legislators to strengthen the penalties for sex trafficking, making Georgia’s law one of the toughest in the nation. In 2012, he spearheaded the first comprehensive revision of Georgia’s sunshine laws in more than a decade. In 2013, he led the effort to stem the epidemic of prescription drug abuse with a law that requires pain management clinics to be licensed and regulated.
Olens has also worked to protect Georgia’s rights and natural resources. He led Georgia’s legal challenge against the Affordable Care Act and continues to defend Georgia from federal regulatory overreach. Olens has represented the State in crucial litigation to preserve Georgia’s water rights and removed legal barriers that were delaying the critical deepening of the Savannah Harbor.
In 2013, Olens was elected by his peers to Chair the Southern Region of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). Olens currently serves on numerous NAAG Committees to include Substance Abuse, Human Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations, Elections and Financial Services Consumer Protection.
Prior to being elected to Attorney General, Olens was Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners, serving from August 2002 through March 2010.
From December 2004 through 2009, Olens served as Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was appointed as Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010.
Olens also devotes much time assisting various non-profit organizations.
Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the 2013 Emory Law School Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2008 Tom Bradley Leadership Award by the National Association of Regional Councils and the 2007 “Excellence in Public Service Award” by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute. For the past 11 years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians.” In 2011, the Cobb Chamber of Commerce honored Olens for his dedication to community and philanthropic service by naming their annual community service award the “Sam Olens Business Community Service Award.”
Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to practice law in Georgia and the District of Columbia.
Olens and his wife Lisa have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.
Since birth, Ashley Hollan has been immersed in the arts, defining herself as an artist and advocate for the creative community. By the time she reached high school, Ashley’s visual artwork had been featured both at the High Museum of Art as well as at the twin towers of the Floyd Building in Atlanta, Georgia. Ashley attended college at Duke University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Public Policy and Visual Art/Art History and spent a semester studying art and art history in Florence, Italy at Studio Art Centers International (SACI). Ashley then matriculated to law school at the University of Denver, where she held various positions to build her business and legal entertainment experience. In law school, Ashley was the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Staff Editor for the Sports and Entertainment Law Journal and President of Phi Delta Phi legal ethics honors fraternity. Her internships included work with two Duke University entities, a start-up company, the Fulton County Conflict Defender, the DeKalb County Public Defender, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Realty Division, Rock the Earth, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization that partners with the music industry, a concert promotions internship with AEG Live, an internship with top hockey agents at K.O. Sports, Inc., and work as an Associate with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts. She also served as an Intellectual Property Law Teaching Assistant for a close mentor, Professor Robert Sullivan of Loeb & Loeb, at Nashville School of Law.
Ashley’s extensive legal background as a licensed attorney includes work as a contract Metro Conflict Defender representing indigent clients charged with both complex and noncomplex felonies, a contractor for the Cobb County Circuit Defender representing indigent clients in both State and Superior Courts, employment at international law firm King & Spalding, and employment as General Counsel and Vice President of Business Development for a large chain of boat and recreational vehicle dealerships where she was responsible for both multi-state and international corporate divisions. She is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Tennessee.
Ashley focuses her practice on entertainment, music and art clients and serves as a Volunteer Lawyer with Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts as well as Georgia Lawyers for the Arts. She is active in multiple bar associations including the Georgia Bar Association where she is a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Section and the American Bar Association, where she is a member of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries and the Business Law Section. Ashley is also a member of the National Association of Record Industry Professionals and is currently enrolled in the Berklee College of Music/ SNHU Music Business MBA program. Ashley has studied French, Spanish, and Italian aside from her native English language, and resides in Atlanta with her fiancé and rescue pets, though she can be found in Atlanta, Athens or Nashville on any given day.
Duke University: Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and Visual Art/ Art History
University of Denver Sturm College of Law: Juris Doctor
Berklee College of Music/ SNHU: Music Business MBA Candidate
”An Overview of Synch Deals” National Association of Record Industry Professionals, Atlanta Chapter, February 18, 2015
“Artist Alert: Covering Your Assets- Litigation in Entertainment” Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, November 19, 2014
Guest Speaker on “Atlanta Legal Experts” Business Radio, April 28, 2015
“Music Lawyers Taking the Rap: The Musicalization of Legal Ethics,” University of Denver Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, 4 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. Law J. 196 (2008)
Bill Cibulas is the owner of the Law Office of William C. Cibulas, P.C. Prior to starting his own firm in 2011 he provided legal related services to a local accounting firm, which covered an extensive range of both business and personal tax issues. Even before that, upon graduating from law school in 2008 Mr. Cibulas handled a wide variety of civil litigation cases, along with estate and business law matters throughout New York’s Capital Region as an Associate Attorney with his former employer.
Mr. Cibulas is admitted to practice in the States of Georgia and New York as well as the United States Tax Court.
Mr. Cibulas previously worked with the CPA firm Capital Accounting & Tax in Atlanta, GA, where he still provides assistance in specific tax controversy matters. As mentioned above, before that he practiced law as an Associate Attorney with the Law Offices of Wood & Seward, LLP in Gloversville, NY.
In 2008 Mr. Cibulas obtained his J.D. from Albany Law School, Union University in Albany, NY , and in 2005 was conveyed a B.S.B.A. degree in Finance from Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.