Meet Us

Jan C. Olson

Attorney at Law

Jan graduated from the University of South Dakota in 2001 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science and received her Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota, School of Law. Jan began her legal career serving the public by working with indigent clients at the Minnehaha County Public Advocate’s Office.
In 2013, she ventured into private practice and found that helping people who are going through a painful divorce or a child custody case is also very rewarding. She is dedicated to helping people through these difficult times.
In 2014, Jan was appointed to be a Child Support Referee. In this capacity, she conducts hearings to determine whether child support should be modified and when appropriate, how much it should be modified.
She has also served on various boards and been involved with many community organizations. She served as defense counsel on the team that started the Second Circuit Drug Court. Currently she is the treasurer of the South Dakota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Jan’s practice concentrates on the areas of Criminal Defense in South Dakota State Court and in Federal Court. She defends people charged with every level of crime from petty theft to DUI to drug conspiracy cases, up to murder. She represents kids charged as juvenile delinquents or CHINS. Jan is also experienced in family law cases including divorce and custody and has handled numerous protection order cases. She represents people going through a divorce and fighting for custody of their children. Jan also enjoys helping people with real estate transactions, drafting a will, and defending parents and children involved in very complicated abuse and neglect cases. She is trained and very familiar with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). Her passion is helping her clients and advocating for their rights and interests.
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Brenda Van Dam


Brenda is the Paralegal at Olson Law Firm, LLC.  She has been working with Jan since 2017.
Brenda grew up in Sioux Falls, SD and graduated from Lincoln High School.  She attended Stenotype Institute and graduated with a Diploma in Legal Secretary and a Diploma in Medical Secretary.  Brenda has 30 years of experience working in various legal positions and has extensive experience in a wide variety of cases.  She is a member of the South Dakota Paralegal Association.
Brenda and her husband’s children are grown so they have two dogs and two cats that are their “fur babies” and keep them busy at home. 
In her free time, Brenda enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  She likes camping, fishing, traveling, going to concerts, enjoying the outdoors, puzzles, playing games and crafts.

Hanna Bartels

Administrative Assistant

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