John T. OlivierVice Chair

John Tarlton Olivier was born in Lafayette, Louisiana, on January 26, 1953, the son of Sunset Mayor John Louis Olivier and Julie Ann Brinkhaus. He is married to Terry L. Seemann and they are the parents of Jeffrey Tarlton and Emily Marie. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a double major in Management and Marketing from Loyola University in 1976 where he was the recipient of the Alumni Award for Outstanding Senior. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1979 from Loyola University School of Law. He is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of the United States District Court and in the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Olivier entered the private practice of law with the firm of Olivier & Brinkhaus in 1979, served as Secretary-Treasurer of the St. Landry Parish Bar Association and of the Sertoma International-Sunset Area Sertoma. In 1982 he moved to New Orleans and worked for the Board of Commissioners for the Port of New Orleans, and served as Dredging Committee Chairman of the Marine Safety Society. He served on the Vocational Tech Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans and the River Region; was appointed by the Mayor to the Anti-Truancy Committee for the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board and served as a member of the Metropolitan Area Committee and on the Forum Selection Committee. In 1985 he was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court as Deputy Clerk and on March 1, 1996, was sworn in as Clerk of Court. He retired from that position in 2021 after 25 years.

Mr. Olivier graduated from the National Center for State Court’s Institute for Court Management and in 1991 was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute during ceremonies at the United States Supreme Court, presided over by Chief Justice Warren Burger, Retired. Since 1991, Mr. Olivier has been a member of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA)/National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Court Statistics Project Advisory Committee which guides and directs staff in the content, design, collection, compilation, and analysis of State court caseload statistics for the nation. Also, he is currently a member of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society, National Conference of Appellate Court Clerks, National Association for Court Management, American Bar Association, and Louisiana State Bar Association.

In his spare time, Mr. Olivier enjoys sailing with his family and friends.