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

An effective, experienced family law practitioner, Erik is dedicated to fighting for the rights of his clients. He’s a valuable member of the Eric A. Olson & Associates family and a powerful asset for the spouses and parents of the Seattle area. 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. A former teacher, Erik strives to find creative solutions to the problems his clients face. He works with those he represents to reduce litigation, if possible, and uses all available legal tools to resolve the issues at hand and achieve an optimal result.

Helping assist and guide people through one of the most challenging times in their lives is what draws Erik to family law. In marriage dissolution actions, for one, it often becomes impossible for divorcing couples to amicably resolve their disagreements over property, custody, and support. In these situations, an effective family law attorney can make all the difference. Erik will vigorously advocate to ensure that his clients do not cede their rights, either inadvertently or by being pressured from the opposing side. Like the 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 North Seattle, Erik has lived in West Seattle for almost twenty years now. He is a voracious reader, with tastes covering many genres, has travelled to over twenty countries to date, and enjoys exploring the Puget Sound region.   

Emily Staker, Family Law And Complex Civil Litigation

Emily believes that the hallmark of excellent representation is thoughtful and diligent advocacy for the client. Emily graduated from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, where she was a Provost Scholar and received awards for Scholastic Excellence. During her time in law school, Emily competed in several national negotiating competitions and ranked nationally with her teammates for several years. Prior to law school, Emily attended Gonzaga University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in Political Science and was a member of the Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honors Society.

Emily’s approach to family law places the client at the heart of her focus, representing each person holistically and remaining attentive to his or her goals. She strives to make the client feel as protected as possible throughout the course of representation. A firm negotiator, Emily believes that strong and transparent advocacy are essential to success in the context of family law.

Emily was born and raised in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, but her ultimate goal was to live and practice in Seattle. Emily loves enjoying the beautiful scenery that Seattle has to offer and enjoys any and all Northwest sports. In addition to being an attorney, Emily is a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and has assisted NFL players in securing high-value contracts that protect them throughout their playing career.

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