Gregory L. “Skip” Olney was born in Fort Lewis, Washington. He was an Army brat who attended 16 different schools prior to graduating from high school in Columbus, Georgia. He attended the Citadel, was commissioned a second lieutenant upon his graduation, and served in the infantry in the United States Army; he is a Vietnam War combat veteran. He left the Army in 1973 as a captain and went to Iowa where he farmed for seven years, raising corn, soybeans, and livestock.
In 1980, Mr. Olney enrolled at Stetson University College of Law and graduated in December 1982. From 1982 to 1986 he served as an assistant state attorney, during which time he conducted more than 50 jury trials and developed into a senior felony prosecutor entrusted with some of the most sensitive prosecutions handled by the Office of the State Attorney. From 1986 until December of 2016, Mr. Olney was a member of the firm Meros, Smith and Olney, P.A. and its successors. During that period, Mr. Olney handled more that 4000 criminal defense cases and hundreds of personal injury cases. Mr. Olney left the firm to open a smaller office, closer to home, on January 1, 2017.
He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in “The Law and Leading Attorneys Florida Consumers Guide Book,” first edition, as a leading criminal defense attorney. Mr. Olney is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, the highest professional and ethical rating awarded. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association, and Pinellas County Criminal Defense Bar. He is admitted to practice before all state courts in the state of Florida, the United States District Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Skip is married to Jan Hunter Olney, Division Director and Head of All Juvenile Prosecutions at the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office. Jan and Skip have four children, Billy, Nikki, Carrie and Joe and two grandsons, Ryan and Jack and granddaughter Olivia.