Elizabeth is a Senior Associate at Mellor Olsson with 30 years' experience. Her practice encompasses broad litigation work, as well as employment law, work health and safety and workers compensation claims. She holds a Master of Laws from The University of Adelaide, focusing on litigation and in particular, the role of standards in product liability law. Elizabeth is one of the third generation of the Olsson family to work for the firm.
Elizabeth’s core practice areas are estate litigation, including disputes over testamentary capacity, family trusts and inheritance claims, and employment law, advising on employment contracts, both their terms and conditions, and their termination. She also has experience with work health and safety issues and advises both employers and workers regarding their rights and obligations arising from workers compensation claims.
Elizabeth acts on a wide range of litigation issues, including commercial disputes and constructive trusts, particularly relating to family businesses.
She has years of expertise working in personal injury litigation, and acted for the victims of the 1983 Ash Wednesday Bushfire, as well as brain injury and other serious injury claimants. With an interest in all aspects of product liability law, Elizabeth advises on and acts in litigation related to Australian Consumer Law issues, State consumer law issues, product recalls, negligence, misrepresentation and claims arising from defective goods.
A regular contributor to various legal publications, Elizabeth has authored chapters in a legal loose leaf publication, and has served as Chair of The Law Society's Bulletin Committee for 22 years. In 2017, Elizabeth received the Brian Withers award from the Law Society of SA. This award recognises a member of the Society who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and provided outstanding service to the Society, its members and the profesion.
She is a member of the Industrial Relations Society of South Australia and the Australian Labour Law Association and sits on the Board of Management of the Naval Military and Air Force Club of SA Inc.
Involved in amateur theatre since 1985, both performance and management, Elizabeth served as the society’s President from 2002 to 2007 and was made an Honorary Life Member of the Society in recognition of her service. In 2014, she joined the Board of Management of the Adelaide Repertory Theatre and the Board of the State Opera of South Australia.