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Ted Olson

by Bill Hayes

The Los Angeles Times profiles Ted Olson, The conservative legal star who is fighting for gay marriage.

Born in Chicago; raised in Los Altos, Calif., in an “Ozzie & Harriet family”; a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall law school, Ted Olson has been at the center of legal and political battles for more than three decades.

He came to Washington during the Reagan administration when a partner in his Los Angeles law firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, became attorney general. William French Smith picked Olson to head the department’s Office of Legal Counsel. That made Olson, at 40, the primary constitutional advisor to the president. The two became close, and Olson eventually became President Reagan’s personal lawyer. [more]