Samuel Scott Olens

Former Attorney General at Georgia Office of the Attorney General

Samuel Scott Olens

Samuel Scott Olens

Former Attorney General at Georgia Office of the Attorney General

Biography

Sam Olens

Sam Olens was sworn in as Georgia Attorney General on January 10, 2011.

Olens was Chairman of the Cobb County Board of Commissioners from August 2002 through March 2010. Previously he served as Cobb County District 3 Commissioner from 1999 through June 2002.

From December 2004 through 2009, Olens was Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Commission. He was also Vice-Chair of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District from 2005 through March 2010. Olens was appointed by Governor Sonny Perdue to represent the 6th Congressional District on Georgia's Department of Community Affairs Board in 2003 and served through 2010.

Olens also serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations, including the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta.

Sam Olens is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including 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 six years, Georgia Trend magazine has listed Olens as one of the "100 Most Influential Georgians."

Other honors include the 2010 Trumpet Award from the Cobb County Women's Republican Club, the 2009 James L. Rhoden, Jr. Award for Visionary Philanthropy, the 2009 United Way in Cobb County Volunteer of the Year, and Cobb's "Citizen of the Year" by the Marietta Daily Journal in 2006.

Olens graduated from the Emory University School of Law in 1983 and was a member of Ezor & Olens, P.C. from 1983 through 2010. He is a registered mediator/arbitrator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. He has been admitted to the Georgia and U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; the United States Supreme Court; and the District of Columbia.

Olens and his wife Lisa have two children, Lauren and Jonathan.

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Number of Boards

7

Birthday

1957

Age

61

Number of Awards

5

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Speaker at Georgia House of Representatives

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Chief Executive Officer at EcoTech Solutions Co.

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Member, Board of Trustees at Teachers Retirement System of Georgia

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Attorney General at Georgia Office of the Attorney General

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Attorney at Taylor English Duma LLP

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Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at Cherokee Banking Co.

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Adjunct Lecturer at Georgia Institute of Technology - Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business

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Former Director of Financial Services at County of Gwinnett (Georgia)

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Principal at Herring & Turner, P.C.

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Samuel Scott Olens
Former Attorney General at Georgia Office of the Attorney General
Education
Graduate
Class of 1983

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Memberships
Member
Current

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping attorneys general respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

Career History
Attorney General
2011 - Prior
Boards & Committees
Vice Chair
2005 - 2010

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) has implemented one of the most comprehensive regional water management plans in the country since its creation in 2001. It is staffed by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and includes 15 counties and 95 cities. It is the only major metropolitan area in the country with more than 100 jurisdictions implementing a long-term comprehensive water management program that is required and enforced.

Chair, Southern Region
Prior

The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) was founded in 1907 to help attorneys general fulfill the responsibilities of their office and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping attorneys general respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues.

At-Large Member
Prior

United Way of Greater Atlanta, Inc. operates as a non profit organization that raises money for charitable causes. It offers individual and family social counseling, welfare, and referral services including refugee, disaster, and temporary relief services. The company was founded in 1972 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Member, Board of Directors
Prior

The Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce is the chamber of commerce for the Atlanta metropolitan area. It was founded in 1860. The first Atlanta Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1860, chiefly concerned with fighting railroad rate discrimination and with sustaining commercial ties with the North. After secession, it focused its attention on direct trade with Europe, which was part of an overall Southern goal of achieving economic independence from the North. In 1866 the chamber was reformed into a Board of Trade.

Chairman
2004 - 2009

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency for the 10-county area including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties, as well as the City of Atlanta. For 60 years, ARC and its predecessor agencies have helped to focus the region's leadership, attention and resources on key issues of regional consequence.ARC is dedicated to unifying the region's collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. It does so through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships.

Chairman, Board of Commissioners
1999 - 2010
Political Donations
$999
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$1,000
2007

Senator at Office of the Senator from Utah, Mitt Romney

$2,000
2004

Former President of United States

Political Donations Received
Awards & Honors
2013
Emory Law School - Distinguished Alumni Award
2011
Cobb Chamber of Commerce - Sam Olens Business Community Service Award
2008
National Association of Regional Councils - Tom Bradley Leadership Award
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