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Daniel R. Olson


Daniel R. Olson


Practice Groups

Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, Employment Litigation/Advice

Industry Groups

Financial Services, Health Care


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. In addition, 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.

Mr. Olson has been recognized as a Rising Star for his proficient work across the full spectrum litigation.

Education & Admissions


  • 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

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


Representative Cases

Post v. Allina Health Sys., No. 27-16-CV-7900 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn. 2017) (defended a health care system at trial, obtaining a defense jury verdict in a defamation case). (Employment)

James R Brown, as the Trustee of the Therese Brown Jensen Trust, and M. J. Scott Company v. Russell James Jensen, Jr. and Silvanesti, Inc., No. 02-CV-16-594 (Anoka Cnty. Minn. 2016). (Commercial Litigation)

Zahra Nooh v. Twin Cities Int'l Elementary Sch., No. 27-CV-15-17548 (Hennepin Cnty. Minn. 2016). (Employment)

Petition of Russell James Jensen, Jr. for Revocation of Deed, No. 02-CV-15-716 (Anoka Cnty. Minn., 2016). (Real Estate Litigation)

Patricia Freeman v. Speedway SuperAmerica, LLC, No. 86-CV-14-3374 (Wright Cnty. Minn. 2015). (General Liability)

Russell James Jensen, Jr., Park Dev. Corp., St. Clair Properties, Inc., and Tyrus Land Co. v. Therese Brown Jensen and James R. Brown, No. 02-CV-15-623 (Anoka Cnty. Minn. 2015). (Real Estate Litigation)

Unity Healthcare, Inc. v. County of Hennepin, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 167803 (D. Minn. 2014). (Commercial Litigation)

Costco Wholesale Corp. v. Timothy John Kissner, No. 55-CV-13-4785 (Olmsted Cnty. Minn. 2014). (General Liability)

Meehan v. Thompson, 763 F.3d 936 (8th Cir. 2014). (Municipal Liability)

Quam v. St. Francis Health Serv. of Morris, 2014 WL 2565657 (Minn. App. June 9, 2014). (Employment)

Larson v. Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co., 2013 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1019 (Minn. App. 2013). (Commercial Litigation)

Uram v. Nipper, 2013 Minn. App. Unpub. LEXIS 686 (Minn. App. 2013). (Medical Malpractice)

Lyzhoft v. Waconia Farm Supply, 2013 WL 3368832 (Minn. App. July 8, 2013). (General Liability)

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
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association

Civic Involvement

  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
    • Adjunct Professor, 2009-present
    • Alumni Board, 2011-2012
  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, Conciliation Court Clinic, 2012-present


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2014-present
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of St. Thomas School of Law, 2010


  • 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