M. Eric Olmstead

M. Eric Olmstead

St. George, Utah
(435) 628-3318

M. Eric Olmstead's practice focuses in the areas of Employment Law, Construction Law, Business Law, and Real Estate Law. He handles cases involving wrongful termination, sexual harassment and other Title VII-based claims, ADA, non-compete agreements and trade secrets. He also counsels and trains employers on how to minimize their exposure to the risks of employment lawsuits. He works with owners, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in all phases of the construction process, including contract formation, bonding, liens, claims and litigation relating to these areas. Eric represents existing businesses in their legal needs, including contract drafting and enforcement, UCC, dissolutions and collections, and assists clients in forming and operating new businesses, including LCC's and small corporations. He represents buyers and sellers in commercial and residential real estate purchases and litigation arising from such transactions. He also represents developers in all phases of real estate development, including drafting development agreements, financing, representation before city and county planning officials and litigation related to these areas.

Eric has lectured on employment law, labor relations and construction law topics for private groups, trade organizations, the Utah Department of Workforce Services and the Utah State Bar. Prior to joining Barney McKenna & Olmstead, he practiced with respected law firms in St. George and the San Francisco Bay area.

Eric has been an active member of the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce since moving to St. George, Utah. He is the past legal counsel for the Chamber and has served on its Community Action Committee and Member Relations Committee. Eric is member of the Rotary Club of Dixie Sunrise. Prior to moving to Utah's Dixie, Eric served on the Committee for Governmental Relations, Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Committee for Race Judicata, whose purpose is to raise funds for the Alameda County Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services program.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law & Labor Law
  • Business Law

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1987
  • Utah, 1996
  • Nevada, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2000


  • University of Utah College of Law, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • J.D. - 1987
    • Honors: William H. Learly Scholarship
    • Honors: American Jurispurdence Award
  • Weber State University, Ogden, Utah
    • B.S. - 1982
    • Honors: With High Honors


  • Utah Department of Workforce Services, Lecturer
  • Utah State Bar, Lecturer

Honors and Awards

  • Utah’s Legal Elite by Utah Business Magazine.
  • AV® Preeminent™ peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Southern Utah Bar Association, Member, 1992 - Present
  • SHRM, Member
  • Color Country Human Resources Association, Legislative Chair
  • AV Rating - Martindale Hubble

Pro Bono Activities

  • St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Committee and Member Relations Committee, Former Member
  • Volunteer Legal Services program.
  • St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Past Legal Counsel
  • St. George Area Chamber of Commerce, Current Member
  • Rotary Club of Dixie Sunrise, Member
  • Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Committee for Governmental Relations
  • Alameda County Bar's Association's Volunteer Legal Services program, Committee for Race Judicata, Former Member