Statements from 17th Circuit 2016 Candidates David A. Oblon and Nathan J. Olson

David Oblon, Esq.David Oblon

Return me to Council so that I can oppose the mandatory pro bono reporting proposal and an expected dues increase proposal.  During my prior two terms on Council:

  • Bar dues decreased;
  • I led the successful effort to impede new, onerous CLE requirements; and
  • On the Nominating Committee, I successfully insisted on merit-based nominations.

I fight for a VSB that sticks to its mission, protects the public, and serves us member-lawyers.  I support low dues and am skeptical of new regulatory burdens on the practice of law.

After being term-limited off Council a year ago, I was looking forward to my “retirement.”  However, I really want to fight mandatory pro bono reporting.  Lawyers should advertise their generosity on their own terms.  As one of the largest fundraisers and donors to the Arlington Bar Foundation, I have the credibility to lead this opposition.  I will oppose this step towards mandatory pro bono.


Nathan Olson, Esq.Nathan Olson

Nathan J. Olson is a partner at Cooper Ginsberg Gray, PLLC with nearly 10 years of experience in family law. He graduated from the University of Tulsa (BA) 1999 and George Mason University (JD) 2006. Nathan has been active in the Virginia State Bar since his first day in practice. He served as chairperson for various programs of the Young Lawyers Conference of the Virginia State Bar (YLC) and served two years as a Judicial Circuit Representative.

Nathan just completed his one-year term as YLC President where he was an ex officio member of Bar Council and the Executive Committee.  In addition to State Bar activities, Nathan is a guardian ad litem, court conciliator, and participates in various local bar volunteer programs.  He has been a resident of Arlington County since moving to the area in 2003. He is an avid runner who has run nearly every trail in Arlington.

Updated: Aug 29, 2016