Stuart’s Detailed CV/Bio



 Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D. 1984, cum laude

Editor, American Criminal Law Review

Juvenile justice and consumer rights clinics

George Washington University, Washington, D.C., B.A. Political Science 1981

Board of Trustees Honors Scholar


State: Colorado, 1987; Alaska, 1985; Missouri, 1984

U.S. Courts of Appeals: Ninth Circuit, 1985; Tenth Circuit, 1987

U.S. District Courts: Alaska, 1985; Colorado, 1987; N.D. California, 1993

Pro Hac Vice:  Many courts nationwide


Ollanik Law LLC, Boulder, Colorado

Product safety and other complex consumer protection litigation, 2011-present

Gilbert, Ollanik, and Komyatte, P.C., Arvada, Colorado


Product liability litigation, 1991-2011 (various predecessor names)

Colorado Department of Law, Denver, Colorado

Assistant Attorney General, 1988-1991

Gilmore and Feldman, Anchorage, Alaska

Civil, criminal, administrative litigation, 1985-1987

Alaska Court of Appeals, Anchorage, Alaska

Law Clerk to Hon. Robert G. Coats, 1984-1985

PUBLICATIONS (Author or Co-Author):

Books and book chapters:

“Screening Auto Cases for Product Defect Claims” in Colorado Auto Litigator’s Handbook  (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2015)

“The Auto Litigator’s Guide to Screening Cases for Product Liability Claims” in Colorado Auto Litigator’s Handbook (Colorado Trial Lawyers Association 2011)

“Auto Design Defect”, in Litigating Tort Cases (Thomson-West AAJ Press 2003 – present)

“The Trouble with Sport Utility Vehicles,” and “Conversion Van Litigation” in Products Liability Litigation: Product Studies (West-ATLA Press 1997)

Full Disclosure: Combating Stonewalling and Other Discovery Abuses (West-ATLA Press 1994)

“Evidence Destruction – Legal Consequences of Spoliation of Records,” in Legal Medicine 1994, (Butterworth 1994)

“Pretrial Discovery Abuse and Sanctions” in Excellence in Advocacy (West-ATLA Press 1992)


The Chief Umpire is Changing the Strike Zone, (Fed. R. Civ. P. Amendments),

Trial Talk, January 2016, various other TLA publications expected, 2016

Product Defects Watch List 2016, Trial Talk, January 2016

The Year of the Recall – New Defects to Look Out for in Your Auto Cases, Trial

Talk, January 2015

Crossing the Defense Witness – Seven Quick Tips for Deposition and Trial, Trial

Talk, January 2013

The Worst Remaining Car Defect? (seat back failure), Trial Talk, January 2012

Product Liability Primer for Non-Product Liability Lawyers, Trial Talk, January 2011

Making Cars Safe for Kids, Trial, November 2008

Reflections: Independent Safety Experts are Heroes, Trial, June 2003

Book Review, High and Mighty, Trial, February 2003

Conversion Vans – Luxurious and Convenient, But at What Cost?, Trial, April 2002

Defeating Daubert Challenges in Auto Defect Cases, Trial, September 2001

Products Cases:  An Uphill Battle for Plaintiffs, Trial, Nov. 2000

“Hide the Ball:” A Plaintiff’s Attorney’s Views on the Amendments to the Discovery Rules, TortSource (ABA), Spring 2000

The Multifront Attack on Products Liability Plaintiffs, ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section Committee News, Winter 2000

Conversion Vans: Woodsheds on Wheels, Trial, Jan. 2000

Expert Testimony: Defeating the Kumho Challenge, Trial, November 1999

Recognizing The Auto Restraint Defect Case, Trial Talk, Dec. 1998/Jan. 1999

Other “Dissimilar” Incidents, The Product Liability Manufacturer’s Defense De Jour, Trial Talk, Dec. 1997

Overcoming Juror Bias in Voir Dire, Trial, July 1997

Product Litigation: Using Other Similar Incident Evidence, Trial Talk, Dec. 1996

The Trouble with Sport Utility Vehicles, Trial, Nov. 1996

Recognizing and Investigating Crashworthiness Cases, Trial, Nov. 1995

From Discovery to Disclosure:  The Pretrial Exchange of Information in the New ERA, Trial Talk, Dec. 1994

Escaping Implied Preemption, Trial, Nov. 1994

The Price of Silence, Trial, June 1994

Compelling Testimony in Alaska:  The Coming Rejection of Use and Derivative Use Immunity, 3 Duke University – Alaska Law Review 229 (1986)


“Plaintiff’s Product Defects Lawyer – Stuart Ollanik”, in Morrison, ed., Beyond the Big Firm (Wolters Kluwer Law and Business 2007) (a project of the Stanford Law School Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law)

Mencimer, “Blocking the Courthouse Door,” (Simon and Schuster 2006) pp. 201-206.


The Case Against Protective Orders, American Association of Justice, February 2016

Recognizing the Auto Defect in your Auto Collision Files, Kentucky Justice Association Webinar, June 2015

Fighting Preemption in Product Safety Cases, American Association for Justice Winter Convention, Palm Springs, Florida, February, 2015

Proposed Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Public Justice Speaker Series webinar August 25, 2014

The Objection Wars,  Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Blockbuster Seminar, Denver, Colorado, January, 2013 

Compelling Motions to Compel,  Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Steamboat Springs Colorado, August, 2011

Spotting Product Liability Claims, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Cody, Wyoming, June 15, 2011

When It Comes to Auto Safety, Children Take a Back Seat—An Overview of Child Safety Issues, National College of Advocacy, 2007 AAJ Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July 15, 2007

E-Discovery, the first 100 days, American Bar Association, Automotive Products Liability Regional CLE Workshop, Detroit, Michigan, June 29, 2007

Daubert Proofing Your Expert, Western Trial Lawyers Association, Napa Valley Seminar, October 24-25, 2005

Rollover Stability and Crashworthiness Litigation, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, 2005 ATLA Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, July 24, 2005

Crashworthiness Cases, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005 ATLA Winter Convention, January 29 – February 2, 2005

 Rollover Litigation, Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, Summer Meeting, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, June 18-20, 2003

Litigation Institute,  Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, October 10 & 11, 2002

Rollover Crashworthiness Litigation, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado, August 10, 2002

Daubert – Meeting the Challenges of Expert Admissibility, Demonstration of Direct and Cross Examination of Expert, AIEG Special Meeting, Dallas, Texas, February 15 – 16, 2002

Case Assistance Workshop, National College of Advocacy, San Diego, California, April 61 – 29, 2001 (faculty – focus group training)

Supporting Your Experts’ Methods in Practice: An Introduction to Getting Your Experts Admitted, Speaker and Program Co-Chair, National College of Advocacy Seminar, Expert Evidence:  Daubert And Its Progeny, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 9 – 10, 2001

“Discovery abuse: Find it, Foil It, and Make the Perpetrators Pay for It”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Internet Teleseminar, February 21, 2001


Kumho-Proofing Your Case, Minnesota Trial Lawyers Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 13, 2000

 Expert Evidence: General Litigation Strategies for Plaintiffs Counsel, National College of Advocacy, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Section on Toxic, Environmental, and Pharmaceutical Torts, Chicago, Illinois, July 31, 2000

Stonewalling, National College of Advocacy, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, Trial Advocacy Track, Chicago, Illinois, July 30, 2000


Product Liability Seminar, Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, December 11, 1999

Product Liability Update, Colorado Bar Association, Denver, Colorado, November 4, 1999

Recognizing the Auto Product Defect Case, American Bar Association, Atlanta, Georgia, August 6-10, 1999 (speaker, course advisor)

 Kumho Tire: Experts, Evidence, and Impact, Association of Trial Lawyers of America telephone and internet briefing, May 11, 1999

Case Assistance Workshop, National College of Advocacy, Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 21 – 25, 1999 (faculty – focus group training)

Children and Products, National College of Advocacy, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 24, 1998 (program moderator)

Direct Examination of the Plaintiff’s Auto Design Safety Expert, National College of Advocacy, Washington, DC, July 11, 1998

Recognizing the Auto Design Defect Case, National College of Advocacy Mega-Seminar, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, Jan. 2, 1998 (speaker, course advisor)

Trial Strategies & Tactics that Work, Colorado Legal Education, Denver, Colorado, June 17, 1997

Full Disclosure, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sept. 25-26, 1997

Stonewalling:  How to Find it & How to Stop It, Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association, Cody, Wyoming, June 20, 1996

Full Disclosure: Combating Stonewalling & Other Discovery Abuses, National College of Advocacy, Chicago, Illinois, Oct., 1995 (speaker, course advisor)

Recognizing the Crashworthiness Case, Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Auto Litigation Seminar, Denver, Colorado, April, 1995

Discovery Techniques for Paralegals, National College of Advocacy, Orlando, Florida, March, 1995

Mandatory Disclosures, Federal Rules Workshop, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, July, 1994

The Law Prohibiting Unnecessary Secrecy, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Annual Convention, Washington, DC, July, 1992

Discovery & Production of Documents: Consultants, Experts, and Confidentiality Orders, National College of Advocacy, New Orleans, Louisiana, May, 1992

Asserting Privileges on Behalf of the Government in Civil Discovery, Colorado Attorney General’s Office, Denver, Colorado, Aug., 1988


American Association of Justice

Attorneys Information Exchange Group

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association

Public Justice

American Bar Association

ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section

Colorado Bar Association

Boulder County Bar Association


Volunteer ski instructor, Ignite Adaptive Ski Program, Eldora Colorado, 2015-present

Tutor, I Have a Dream, Boulder, Colorado, 2015-present (Columbine Elementary)

Public Justice Board of Directors, 2002 – present

Attorney’s Information Exchange Group Board of Directors, 2000 – present

Attorney’s Information Exchange Group – Education chair, 2005 – 2007, 2015-present

Earthlaw, Inc – Two Rivers Institute, Board of Directors, 1993 –present, nonprofit public interest law firm which established environmental law clinics at University of Denver and Stanford University law schools

Volunteer Staff Assistant, Colorado State Senate, Committee on State, Veterans, and Military Affairs, Senator Rollie Heath (Boulder), Chair, 2012 legislative session.

TortSource (ABA), Editorial Board, 2000 – 2001

The Brief (ABA) Editorial Board, 1997-2000

Tort and Insurance Law Journal (ABA) Editorial Board, 1995-1997

American Association for Justice: ATLA Press Advisory Board 1998-present; Committee on Courts, 1994-1997; Constitutional Litigation Committee, 1994-1996

Colorado Trial Lawyers Association: Product Liability Committee Co-Chair, 2001-2002, 2013-2015; Product Liability Editor, 1998-Present, Amicus Curiae Committee, 1993-1996 (chair, 1995-1996); Case Assistance Committee, 1994-1998; Committee on Proposed Civil Rule Changes, 1994; author, various amicus briefs

Advisor, Wheat Ridge High School Trial Advocacy Team, 1997-1999

Boulder, Colorado Toxics Advisory Group member, 1995

Boulder County Partners, Inc., Longmont, Colorado: “Senior Partner” for handicapped teen, 1989-1992

United Way Colorado Combined Campaign: Advisory Board Member, 1991; Department of Law Coordinator, 1990

Alpine Alternatives, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska: Board Member – Chairman of the Board, nonprofit organization providing recreational opportunities for handicapped youth, 1986-1987

Boy Scouts of America, Anchorage, Alaska: Troop leader for developmentally disabled boys, 1984-1985

Various other volunteer activities such as participating in the Courage Classic Children’s Hospital fundraiser, preparing/serving meals at the Boulder Community Table and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, building for Habitat for Humanity, assisting at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum, assisting with school/sports/music programs.


Selected as a “Colorado Super Lawyer” by “5280” Magazine for 2006 – present

U.S. News and World Report Best Law Firms

Attorney’s Information Exchange Group “President’s Award for Excellence” recipient (two times)


Married for 25 years to Wendy Block, a lawyer and consultant to the National Park Service Contaminated Sites Program.  Two sons, Adam Ollanik (Ph.D. candidate in Physics at Tulane University) and Tyler Ollanik (Occidental College – philosophy; musician/composer/producer; music program coordinator, A Place Called Home youth center, south central Los Angeles)