David M. Olive is Of Counsel in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice in data security and privacy matters.
Mr. Olive is the Managing Partner of Catalyst Partners in Washington, D.C., where his practice has a strong emphasis on Homeland Security and Department of Defense security-related matters, including SAFETY Act designations and certifications.
Before coming to Washington, Mr. Olive served as president of Care First Inc., a nursing home management company in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also directed the legal division of the Donrey Media Group, a multi-state publishing, real estate and advertising firm. He served on the board and was president of the Fort Smith Rotary Club, the Fort Smith Boys Shelter and helped start Leadership Fort Smith.
With over 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs, Mr. Olive has also served as the former Chief of Staff to U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-ARK) and was a former staffer for U.S. Senator Jim Allen (D-AL).
He received his B.A. from Samford University and his J.D. from the Cumberland School of Law. Following law school, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Clarence W. Allgood. He has taught at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Montevallo and Webster University-Fort Smith. Mr. Olive also was a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, firm of McMillan & Spratling where he had a general civil practice, specializing in news media, risk mitigation, employment law and insurance defense.