Brett Olander

Brett Olander
Contact Information:
Phone: 612-331-0111

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation Related to Torts, Insurance, Commercial Litigation, Securities and Serious Personal Injury
  • ADR including Mediation, Arbitration, Early Neutral Evaluation and Special Master

Certified Legal Specialties

  • ADR Neutral, American Arbitration Association, 1992

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1985
  • Wisconsin, 1988
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1985


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. – 1985
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • B.A. – 1981
    • Honors: With Distinction
    • Major: Double Major-History and Speech Communication

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • Wisconsin Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA)
  • Minnesota Association of Justice (MAJ)
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA)


  • AV Rated (Highest Ranking) by Martindale-Hubbell  (1992-present)
  • Ranked on the list of “Top 100 Super Lawyers for Minnesota” by Minnesota Law and Politics/ThomsonReuters five times
  • Perenially Selected as a “Minnesota Super Lawyer” (2003-present)
  • MSBA Civil Trial Specialist (1992-present)
  • MSBA Civil Trial Certification Board-Chair (2009-present)
  • Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education (2012-present)
  • Minnesota Board of Legal Certification (2000-2007); Board Chair (2005-2007)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (2001-present)
  • In 2005 Recognized by the MSBA for Pro Bono Representation of the Wisconsin Family of Lt. Colonel XXX Killed in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001
  • MSBA Civil Litigation Section Governing Council (over 1,500 members) Chair (2004-2005)
  • ACTLM Dean/President (1999-2000)
  • National Board of Trial Advocates Minnesota Coordinator (2007-2010)
  • Twin Cities Business Leading Minnesota Attorney
  • MSBA Legal Directory for Reporters Civil Litigation Defense 1996-present

Teaching & Articles

  • Adjunct Professor University of Minnesota Law School (2013-present)
  • Adjunct Professor William Mitchell College of Law (2010-present)
  • Adjunct Professor University of St. Thomas Law School (2011-present)
  • Published Annual Case Law Summary of All Minnesota Appellate Court Decisions Related to Torts, Insurance and Civil Litigation (1988-present)
  • Presented at over 150 Continuing Legal Education Seminars (1987-present)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS-representing the poor in 33 counties of Southern Minnesota) Board of Directors (1995-present)
  • Youth Sports Coach in Football, Basketball and Baseball in St. Paul, MN (1999-present)
  • Testified (by request) on Torts and Insurance Related Issues Before the Minnesota Legislature in 2006, 2007, 2009