David Bradley Olsen

Attorney, Shareholder

dolsen@hensonefron.com
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“Every case is different and brings unique challenges. The combination of experience, judgment, and ability enables me to achieve the best results possible for my clients. The art and passion of litigation drive me to excel.”

By nature, I am direct. You can rely on me for the concise answer; I am succinct and provide straightforward options, strategies, and advice tailored to meet your goals.

For nearly 30 years, I have represented individuals and companies of all sizes in a wide variety of litigated disputes, including:

  • bankruptcy and debtor/creditor issues
  • business litigation, both civil and commercial
  • violation of constitutional rights
  • employment issues
  • insurance coverage claims
  • intellectual property and technology disputes
  • malpractice cases
  • non-compete and trade secret litigation
  • products liability and mass tort lawsuits
  • securities fraud and shareholder disputes

Your best interests are foremost; I constantly weigh risks, rewards, and expenses to achieve optimal results. Focused on resolving cases early, I explore all forms of settlement, but if a fair resolution cannot be attained, I bring vast experience litigating in state and federal courts. I have a proven track record of handling complex, high-stakes cases, including winning a high-profile case that was deemed unwinnable.

Recognizing that my clients have serious issues, I am earnest in my approach. As an advocate, counselor, negotiator, and champion for my clients, I lead with professionalism—honesty, fairness, and respect for others.

ASSISTANT
Joan Bostrom
(612) 252-2821


  • Lead Starkey Hearing Technologies’ high-profile internal investigation that resulted in criminal conviction of former president in $20 million fraud scheme, and guilty pleas by former chief financial officer and subsidiary president
  • Successful representation of defendant in $30 million antitrust suit tried for seven weeks in Ramsey County District Court
  • Successful representation of plaintiff in $1 million intellectual property suit tried for three weeks in federal district court
  • Successful representation of landowner in eight-year lawsuit against city, culminating in largest fee award issued as a sanction for bad faith litigation by a Minnesota court
  • Successful representation of manufacturer in multi-million dollar commercial arbitration
  • Successful representation of personal care assistance agencies, home health care workers, and disabled individuals, resulting in a declaration that discriminatory statute is unconstitutional
  • Successful representation of celebrity plaintiff in multi-million dollar defamation action tried for three weeks in federal district court
  • Continuing representation of both employers and employees in matters involving non-competition agreements, restrictive covenants, and trade secrets
  • Continuing representation of businesses and individuals in the areas of contract, shareholder, employment, construction, intellectual property, product liability, toxic tort, and personal injury litigation
  • Counsel to Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura
Reported Decisions
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2015 WL 12832722 (D. Minn. 2015)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2015 WL 12826467 (D. Minn. 2015)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 63 F.Supp.3d 1001 (D. Minn. 2014)
  • Janos v. Kyle, 2014 WL 12617419 (D. Minn. 2014)
  • Mark Wandering Medicine v. McCulloch, 2014 WL 12588302 (D. Mt 2014)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 8 F.Supp.3d 1115 (D. Minn. 2014)
  • Hutterville Hutterian Brethren, Inc. v. Sveen, see 8th Cir. Opinion at 776 F.3d. 547 (8th Cir. 2015)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2013 WL 12155277(D. Minn. 2013)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2013 WL 12145009 (D. Minn. 2013)
  • In re Duy, 484 B.R. 742, (D. Minn. Bankruptcy 2012)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2012 WL 12896526 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • Ventura v. Kyle, 2012 WL 6634779 (D. Minn. 2012)
  • HealthStar Home Health, Inc. v. Jesson, 827 N.W.2d 444 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Ventura v. Napolitano, 828 F.Supp.2d 1039 (D. Minn. 2011)
  • Starlite Ltd. Partnership, Inc. v. Landry’s Restaurants, Inc., 780 N.W.2d 396 (Minn. Ct. App. 2010)
  • Duy v. Lake-Weed-A-Way, Inc., 2009 WL 1919296 (Minn. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Southco, Inc. v. Reell Precision Manufacturing Corp., 556 F.Supp.2d 505 (E.D. Pa. 2008)
  • Domain Assets, LLC v. Petters Group Worldwide, LLC, 2008 WL 11347731 (D. Minn. 2008)
  • Domain Assets, LLC v. Petters Group Worldwide, LLC, 2008 WL 11347930 (D. Minn. 2008)
  • Southco, Inc. v. Reell Precision Manufacturing Corp., 2006 WL 3354148 (D. Pa. 2006)
  • United Products Corporation of America, Inc. v. Cederstrom, 2006 WL 1529478 (Minn. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Duy v. Lake Weed-A-Way, Inc., 2005 WL 1154291 (Minn. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Lutheran Assn of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc. v. Lutheran Assn of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc., 2005 WL 629605 (D. Minn. 2005)
  • Hypro, LLC v. Reser, 2004 WL 2905321 (D. Minn. 2004)
  • Lutheran Assn of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc. v. Lutheran Assn of Missionaries and Pilots, Inc., 2004 WL 2730104 (D. Minn. 2004)
  • Ventura v. Davis, 2004 WL 1381256 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Crablex, Inc. v. Cedar-Riverside Land Company, 2003 WL 21448807 2003 WL 21448807 (Minn. Ct. App. 2003)
  • Erickson Plus Ltd. v. Ventura, 2002 WL 31867733 (Minn. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Valley Paving, Inc. v. Dexter & Chaney, Inc., 2000 WL 1182800 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000)
  • World Championship Fighting, Inc. v. Janos, 609 N.W.2d 263 (Minn. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Greiner v. Sofamor, S.N.C., 1999 WL 716891 (D. Minn. 1999)
  • In Re Orthopedic Bone Screw Litigation, 1999 WL 628688 (D. Minn. 1999)
  • Bruzer v. Danek Medical, Inc. 1999 WL 613329 (D. Minn. 1999)
  • Bruzer v. Danek Medical, Inc., 1998 WL 1048225 (D. Minn 1998)
  • Crablex, Inc. v. Cedar-Riverside Land Company, 1997 WL 729210 (Minn. Ct. App. 1997)
  • Otte v. Olmschenk, 1996 WL 745272 (Minn. Ct. App. 1996)
  • Ventura v. Titan Sports, Inc., 116 S.Ct. 1268 (1996)
  • Ventura v. Titan Sports, Inc., 65 F.3d 725 (8th Cir. 1995)
  • Prestressed Concrete, Inc. v. Bladholm Bros. Culvert Co., 498 N.W.2d 274 (Minn. Ct. App. 1993)
EDUCATION
  • J.D., High Honors, University of Arkansas, 1987
  • B.S., Iowa State University, 1982
BAR ADMISSIONS
  • Minnesota
  • United States District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Multiple state and federal court admissions, pro hac vice
HONORS
  • Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers in 2000 and 2011–2018
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018, Litigation–Labor and Employment
  • Selected as a Minnesota Lawyer Attorney of the Year in 2013 and 2014
  • Who’s Who in American Law, Honors Edition, 2005–2006
  • Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super LawyersRising Stars Edition 1999
  • AV® Preeminent peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Vice Chair, Moot Court Board, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Member, Arkansas Law Review
  • Co-Editor, Waterman Journal, a law school newspaper, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Outstanding Student Scholar, University of Arkansas School of Law
PROFESSIONAL
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation and Intellectual Property Sections
  • Federal Bar Association
ADDITIONAL
  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Henry Woods, United States District Judge, Eastern District of Arkansas
COMMUNITY
  • Pro Bono Representation of Montana Indian Tribes in Federal Voting Rights Case
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Jury Instruction Guide VI Subcommittee on Defamation and Privacy
  • Co-Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Jury Instruction Guide V Subcommittee on Business Torts and Commercial Law
  • North Star Lawyer, Honored by Minnesota State Bar Association for commitment to pro bono service
  • Past Statewide Member, Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission
  • Past Member, Campaign Leadership Committee, Campaign for Legal Aid, Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
  • Past Director, Vice President and Treasurer, Ventura for Minnesota, Inc. (non-profit corporation)
  • Past Director, Committee Co-Chair and Volunteer Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers Network
  • Past Volunteer Lawyer, Hennepin County Legal Access Point Project
  • Past Coach, Eagan Athletic Association (soccer, track) and Eagan Hockey Association
  • Former Minnesota State High School League and USA Hockey certified referee
ARTICLES
  • Author, “Family Advisors: The Student Athlete’s Rights,” Let’s Play Hockey Magazine, 2012
  • Author, “Family Advisors: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You,” Let’s Play Hockey Magazine, 2012
  • Co-Author, “Navigating the Legal Impact of Airport Security Measures: An In-Depth Look at Passenger Profiling and Its Effect on the Public,” Aspatore Special Report, Thomson Reuters, 2011
  • Author, “The Arkansas Wrongful Death Statute ‑ Judgment for Personal Injuries as a Bar to Recovery,” 40 Ark. L. Rev. 421 (1987)
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