Our Attorneys

Eric A. Olson & Associates (formerly Olson & Hurley) has four generations in the practice of law, with almost 40 years of personal experience.

In 1928, A. E. Jonson began the family's practice of law here in the heart of Ballard, with real estate being his specialty. In 1936 his daughter, Bernice Jonson, graduated from law school, joined her father's firm, and then incorporated family law into the firm's practice. In 1977 her son, Eric A. Olson, graduated from law school and joined his mother's firm, where they specialized in family law and estate planning. And then in 2015, Eric's daughter, Ashley E. Olson, herself graduated from law school and joined him. (And, yes, Ashley has a school-age son who is a budding young lawyer.)

Attorney Profiles

Eric A. Olson, Family Law and Estate Planning

Our principal Eric Olson is respected for excellent results in his cases and for his compassion in guiding his clients through turbulent times in their lives. Many of his clients come to him through word-of-mouth from previous clients. He truly is one of the good guys.

Eric has been practicing law in Washington since 1977 and is a third-generation lawyer. He graduated with honors from Gonzaga University Law School and earned his BA from Seattle Pacific University.

Eric is a Ballard native and attended public schools in Seattle. He is happily married, the proud father of three daughters, and has two grandchildren. The quintessential Northwesterner, Eric enjoys hiking, camping, fly fishing, is a former bow hunter, and enjoys reflecting on the journey of life.

Ashley Olson, Family Law and Estate Planning

Ashley Olson is a fourth-generation attorney who graduated from Seattle University School of Law. Prior to attending law school Ashley worked as a paralegal for Olson & Hurley (now Eric A. Olson & Associates). She completed a 40-hour King County approved course for mediation training. She has a vast knowledge of domestic violence and how to navigate cases that involve abuse. Ashley is passionate about the law and enjoys thinking outside of the box to help her clients resolve their case. Ashley believes in settling a case if possible so that both parties can move on with their lives as painlessly as possible. However, if settlement is not possible then she is more than happy to go to court to fight for her client.

Erik J. Wise, Family Law and Estate Planning

Erik Wise is a graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, where he was the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship and two CALI Awards for Excellence. Prior to being a lawyer, Erik was a public elementary school teacher in South King County. He was named Teacher of the Year in 2006 and obtained his National Board Teacher Certification in 2009.

Erik's interest in legal issues began early in his teaching career, when he served as a union representative. Having worked assiduously to protect his fellow teachers' contractual rights, he brings that same passion and interest today to his work as a family law and estate planning attorney.

Like Eric and Ashley Olson, Erik is a Seattle native and attended its public schools. He has a BA in Comparative Literature with honors and a Masters in Elementary Education, both from the University of Washington. Although he grew up in Lake City, Erik has lived in West Seattle for well over a decade now. He is a voracious reader, with tastes covering many genres, has travelled to over twenty countries to date, and enjoys being out on the waters of Puget Sound, whether it be on a ferry or his family's sailboat.

Henry H. Hurley, Sr. — 1967-2013 (retired)