Elliot L. Olsen

Shareholder | elliotolsen@siegelbrill.com | 612-337-6100

Elliot specializes in these practice areas; underlined practice areas link to landing pages, many with informational videos.

Fire and Explosion    • Semi-Truck Crash    • Legionnaires’ Disease

E.coli    • Listeria    • Salmonella    • Medical Malpractice

• Wrongful Death    • Product Liability    • Motor Vehicle Accidents

“My clients come to me in times of great need. I find it extremely fulfilling to help them through the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty that accompany serious injuries. I take comfort in knowing that my clients can find greater peace of mind as we work through a broad range of issues. My methods are thorough and my tactics are aggressive and tough but fair.”

Elliot is a Fellow in the American Board of Trial Advocates, selected by his peers as a leading trial attorney. He is also a Certified Civil Trial Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He is one of very few lawyers in the country who has had jury trials in catastrophic injury cases in the context of both foodborne illness and medical malpractice. He is a veteran of more than 50 jury trials. Elliot particularly enjoys the process of picking a jury and is comfortable with the unscripted conversations needed to find the best jurors for his case. He also very much enjoys the opportunity to present his client’s case with compelling stories and zealous advocacy.

Deeply committed to his clients, Elliot recognizes the great privilege he has been given when he is entrusted with their future. His success is based on his ability to connect with his clients to make them feel that their story is being heard and he is determined that his clients never feel as though they were left behind.

He has secured large recoveries for clients in foodborne illness, Legionnaires’ Disease, medical malpractice, product liability and motor vehicle accidents.

Some of Elliot’s representative cases include:

  • Representing a young woman with a severe kidney injury from consuming contaminated meat. Elliot and his team recovered a $4.5 million settlement that helped compensate for his client’s significant medical costs and helped alleviate the concern about future earnings.
  • Obtaining a significant monetary recovery for a young boy who sustained a debilitating kidney injury resulting from contact with contaminated animals at a petting zoo.
  • Obtaining significant monetary recoveries for children with kidney injuries sustained from consuming contaminated food.
  • Obtaining significant monetary recoveries for victims with severe injuries from consuming contaminated raw oysters.
  • Obtaining a seven figure recovery on behalf of victims of a bacterial illness sustained after eating tainted cantaloupe.
  • Obtaining significant recoveries for victims of sexual abuse at the hands of their therapists.
  • Obtaining a seven figure recovery for a woman rendered quadriplegic when her vehicle struck a cow that had strayed onto the roadway.


Washington University, J.D.
Carleton College, B.A.


  • Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Selected as the Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News & World Report
  • Selected as a Super Lawyer for more than 20 contiguous years
  • National speaker on foodborne illness in New York, Texas, Arizona, California, Washington, and Puerto Rico
  • Executive Committee Member, Minnesota Association for Justice – 2012 to present


Certified Civil Trial Specialist; certified by Minnesota State Bar Association
Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
Licensed to practice in Minnesota state courts
Licensed to practice in Iowa state courts
Licensed to practice in multiple federal courts
Minnesota Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Association for Justice


Travel, trying new restaurants, running, golf, and other sports.

Elliot is married to Lea B. Olsen, a well-known sports broadcaster and speaker. They have two teen-aged children.