Ann McAllister Olivarius is a British-American lawyer and Chair of the Executive Committee at McAllister Olivarius. Ann Olivarius has enjoyed a successful legal career that began with her studies at Yale University and postgraduate studies at Oxford University.
Whilst at Yale, Ann Olivarius established the Undergraduate Women’s Caucus and successfully challenged the discrimination that her fellow female students were facing. She graduated summa cum laude in 1977 after several years of active extracurricular life, including membership of the swim team, and hard work. She also worked to fix inequalities at the University, which had only recently admitted women. When a report to the Yale Corporation it had requested her to produce revealed many instances of professors coercing female students into having sex, and the University refused to institute any procedure for handling such complaints, she combined with others to file a landmark suit Alexander v. Yale against her beloved alma mater.
Whilst the case was eventually dismissed, it confirmed for the first time that a university that allowed sexual harassment to persist unchallenged was guilty of sexual discrimination. As a result of her pursuits to address inequality at the University, Ann Olivarius was honoured in 2012 by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in its list of the nine most influential actors in the United States in the history of Title IX, a portion of the US Education Amendments of 1972 which states that no person attending a federally funded university in the US shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex.
While at Yale, Ann McAllister Olivarius took a placement with the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States. Her experience and achievements enabled Ann Olivarius to win the Rhodes scholarship to Oxford University. At Oxford, Ann Olivarius completed her Economics PhD for which she won the Nuffield Prize. Her thesis analysed the performance of democratically organised service and technology companies and she was honoured by the American Association of University Women who supported this research for an additional year. From Oxford she returned to New Haven, where she graduated from Yale Law School and the Yale School of Management, obtaining highest honours in both her law and business degrees.
Ann McAllister Olivarius has been an employee at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Shearman & Sterling. During her time at Shearman & Sterling, Ann Olivarius also held the position of General Counsel to a public heart sciences charity called the Sarnoff Endowment. In due course, she became CEO and Executive Director of Science Programmes for the Sarnoff Endowment, protecting the charity in a legal battle to obtain its rightful inheritance.
Currently, Ann Olivarius is Chair of the Executive Committee and Senior Partner for McAllister Olivarius. This transatlantic London-based law firm specialises in UK and US litigation, employment law and corporate transactions including complex borrowing and debt financing and acquisitions. It also advises on corporate governance and regulatory matters.
Under the leadership of Ann Olivarius, the firm has received accreditation from the Law Society of England and Wales’ Lexcel programme in recognition of the high quality of its management. The Lexcel assessor ranked the firm’s practice management in the top 2.5% of all British law firms.