Eric Olmstead


Location: St. George, Utah
Phone: 435-628-1711
Fax: 435-628-3318

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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