Attorney James Blatt grew up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He had two significant influences in his life, his mother, Lillian Blatt, and the town in which he grew up. Both have contributed greatly to the development of his successful legal career. His mother Lillian Blatt taught him to stand up for what he believed in, to be tough, determined but caring, and always stressed a deep loyalty to family. As for the influence of his home town, Punxsutawney, PA, the benefit lay in his observance of the limited opportunity there. The hardships and hard times he witnessed only motivated him to achieve great goals within his lifetime.
Attorney James E. Blatt often refers to a phrase that has been ingrained in him since high school: “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins”. Mr. Blatt was committed to making a better life for himself than the one in which he was raised. He wanted to become a lawyer. At the age of 17, Mr. Blatt headed to Los Angeles to start a new life. When people comment on how hard it is to practice law successfully in Los Angeles, or anywhere for that matter, Attorney James E. Blatt always replies that it is nothing compared to life working in a coal mine. He keeps a large chunk of coal under glass at his office as a constant reminder. As a self-made man, he worked while attending college at UCLA and then Loyola Law School, earning his JD in only 3 years of a 4 year night school program. He was the youngest in his class, graduating at the age of 23.
Joshua A. Olander is a Los Angeles-based Criminal Defense Attorney, an Associate in the Law Offices of James E. Blatt and the firm’s newest addition. Mr. Olander completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California, Davis where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. During that time, he also spent a year abroad studying philosophy at the University of York in England.
Mr. Olander received his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego where he graduated in the Criminal Justice Concentration with honors. Throughout his legal education Mr. Olander dedicated himself to criminal defense. Mr. Olander worked for the San Diego Public Defender’s Office in their downtown branch, where he assisted in the representation of defendants in all stages of misdemeanor and felony proceedings, from arrest through disposition.