About Me

I have four sons and two daughters and have been married since 1997. I graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1985 and Capital University Law School in 1988. After law school I worked for three years at the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office defending people who could not afford a lawyer. I began my private practice in 1991 .

Bar Admissions

United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
Indiana- pro hac vice
Ohio- pro hac vice
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals


  • 2013 Head of Criminal Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association
  • 2011 Chairman of Louisville Bar Association- Criminal Law Section
  • 2010 Vice Chairman of Louisville Bar Association – Criminal Law Section


New Approaches to Winning DUI Cases
October, 2013- Kentucky DUI Defense Attorney Association
Speakers: Paul Gold and John Olash

How to Defend a Federal Child Pornography Indictment 
February, 2011-Louisville Bar Association

  • Scott Cox
  • John Olash
  • Greg Butram
  • Donald Heavrin

The DUI Trial – Start to Finish
June, 2011- Louisville Bar Association

  • John Olash
  • Ben Wyman

Instructor- Trial Advocacy- DUI-Admark
Instructor- Justice Academy, – How and When to Recuse The Trial Judge
Instructor- Aggressive Criminal Defense in Drug Cases

Professional Membership

– National Association of Criminal Defense
– KY Association of DUI Defense Attorney- founding member
– Louisville Bar Association
– Kentucky Bar Association

United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
John Olash is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  His admission permits him to file pleadings and briefs on behalf of a party and to participate in oral argument.  Any attorney who has been admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States and who is of good moral and professional character is eligible for admission to the Bar of The United States Court of Appeals for The Sixth Circuit.  The Sixth Circuit is located 100 East Fifth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.


I have made appearances as a criminal defense expert commentator for local Fox affiliated channel 41 Louisville, Kentucky.

Published Articles

Louisville Bar Association monthly magazine “Bar Briefs”

Civic Activities

I have founded a non-profit organization, Res Ipsa Kids, which helps needy children through contributions by area law firms. I am a criminal defense lawyer and personal injury attorney in Louisville, KY.