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Daniel R. Olson

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Daniel R. Olson

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Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Business and Commercial Litigation, Employment

Industry Groups

Financial Services Industry, Health Care Industry

Overview

Mr. Olson is a commercial and employment litigator with a record of successfully trying, arbitrating, and mediating a variety of disputes. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to non-profit organizations to individuals.

Mr. Olson has a track-record of securing favorable resolutions toward the early stages of litigation. He has won several jury trials when settlement was not feasible. And he has achieved both affirmances and reversals from state and federal appellate courts when district court results have been challenged on appeal. Mr. Olson also regularly counsels and trains employers and other lawyers on a variety of employment matters, including discrimination and harassment laws, leave and accommodation issues, and non-competes and restrictive covenants. He currently teaches employment law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Mr. Olson has been named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for his proficient work across the full spectrum litigation. In addition, he serves as Co-Chair of Bassford Remele's Employment Group and Associate Development Committee, and he is also a member of Bassford's Board of Directors. Mr. Olson also volunteers as a board member of Walker|West, a non-profit music academy in St. Paul.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Dean’s List
    • Dean’s Award for Ethical Leadership and Corporate Practice
    • Dean’s Award for Legal Services Clinic
    • Mission Award for Scholarly Engagement and Societal Reform Research Assistant
  • University of St. Thomas, Opus College of Business, M.B.A., 2008
    • Department of Management, Research Assistant
  • University of St. Thomas, B.A., cum laude, 2004

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin

Judicial Clerkships:

  • Minnesota Court of Appeals, The Honorable Renee Worke, Judicial Law Clerk, 2009-2012
  • Minnesota First Judicial District, The Honorable Martha Simonett, Judicial Law Clerk, 2008-2009

EXPERIENCE

Representative Cases

Obtained defense verdict in million-dollar breach-of-contract arbitration. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained order for dismissal for health-care provider in civil-rights and tort litigation. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained order for dismissal for health-care provider in civil-rights and tort litigation related to report of medical child abuse. (General Liability)

Obtained order for partial dismissal for health-care provider in civil-rights and tort litigation. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained favorable settlement for a bank in an unfair-competition case. (Commercial Litigation)

Other Representative Matters

Obtained favorable settlement for a bank in an unfair-competition case. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained favorable defense settlement in complex commercial case. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained favorable settlement for a health-care system in breach-of-contract case. (Commercial Litigation)

Obtained settlement for health-care system in breach-of-contract and civil-theft claim against insurance company. (Commercial Litigation)

NEWS & EVENTS

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The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Employee and Union Rights | 9/5/23

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The Work Week with Bassford Remele | Paid-Leave Legislation | 3/27/23

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PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC

Bar Associations

  • The Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Appellate Section
    • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor; Employment Law, 2019-present; Moot Court, 2009-2014
    • Mentor, 2017-2019
    • Alumni Board, 2011-2012
  • Walker|West, Board of Directors, 2023-present
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2012-2018

ACCOLADES

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation, 2022 and 2024 ed.; Labor and Employment Litigation, and Personal Injury Litigation, 2022-present
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers, 2022-present
  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2014-2022
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2010
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Seminars

  • Remote Work and The Impact of COVID-19 – Re-Assessing and Implementing Telecommuting Policies and Practices, presenter, 2021 Midwest Legal Conference on Privacy & Data Security, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, February 10, 2021
  • Remote Work and The Impact of COVID-19 – Re-Assessing and Implementing Telecommuting Policies and Practices, presenter, 2020 Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, September 15, 2020
  • Employment Discrimination Claims From Start to Finish, presenter, National Business Institute, August 1, 2017
  • Advanced Employment Discrimination Claims, presenter, National Business Institute, April 3, 2017
  • Employment Laws Made Simple, presenter, National Business Institute, December 15, 2016
  • Employment Agreements From Start to Finish: Drafting and Evaluating Non-Competes, presenter, National Business Institute, April 4, 2016
  • A Comprehensive Overview of Hiring and Firing Law, presenter, National Business Institute, November 11, 2015
  • Management Liability Insight: Keep Your Company out of the Courtroom, presenter, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., January 29, 2014
  • Overview of HIPAA, Medical Records Law Seminar, presenter, Lorman Education Services, March 26, 2013 (Minneapolis, Minnesota); January 29, 2013 (St. Cloud, Minnesota)
  • Brief Writing for New Attorneys, presenter, American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Eighth Circuit Meeting, February 16, 2013