David M Olive

David M Olive

David M Olive is an of counsel attorney in our Washington D.C. office.
(202) 296-0600


Mr. Olive is 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. 

Mr. Olive clerked for U.S. District Judge Clarence W. Allgood after earning his juris doctor at the Cumberland School of Law.  His bachelor’s degree is from Samford University. He has taught at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Montevallo, and Webster University-Fort Smith.  Mr. Olive practiced law as a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, firm of McMillan & Spratling.  There he had a general civil practice, specializing in news media, risk mitigation, employment law and insurance defense.

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.

David M. Olive has more than 30 years’ experience in business, politics, law and public affairs.  He served as former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson (R-ARK) and a former staffer for US Senator Jim Allen (D-AL).