Steven J. Olsen

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Steven J. Olsen is a partner at Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP.  While at Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP, Mr. Olsen served an adjunct professor at Goshen College (2015-2018) where he taught Business Law to undergraduate students.  Prior to joining Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham, LLP, Mr. Olsen taught at the Valparaiso University, College of Business,  (2007-2010) including the following classes: Legal Environment of Business (undergraduate), Success Skills and Business Etiquette (undergraduate), Legal Brand Management (MBA), and Entrepreneurial Consulting (MBA).  During his legal education, Mr. Olsen served as a federal judicial summer clerk for Magistrate Judge Andrew P. Rodovich in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Indiana and as an in-house counsel legal extern for ArcelorMittal in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to entering the legal field, Mr. Olsen worked in managerial roles and as a marketing consultant. Mr. Olsen combines his business acumen with his understanding of the law to provide a more complete review of his client's unique circumstances.

Areas of practice

His practice includes the following legal areas:

  • Intellectual Property Law*
    • Trademarks
    • Copyrights
    • Trade Secrets
  • Business/Corporate Law
    • E-Commerce
    • Contracts
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Business Formation and Organization
    • Business Development and Planning
    • Business Dispute Resolution
    • General Corporate
  • Employment Law
    • Employment Agreements
    • Contractor Agreements
    • Non-Compete Agreements
    • Employee Benefits
    • Employee Dispute Resolution
    • General Employee Rights
  • Real Property Law
    • Purchase and Sale of Real Estate
    • Leasing of Commercial and Residential Real Estate
    • Landlord and Tenant Law
    • Land Acquisition and Planning
    • Land Planning and Zoning
    • Easement and License Agreements
    • Mortgages and Credit Agreements
    • Covenants, Restrictions, and Associations
    • Property Dispute Resolution
    • General Real and Personal Property Matters
  • Governmental Law
    • Local Government
    • Interlocal Agreements
    • Government Contracts
    • Condemnation Matters

*Mr. Olsen is not admitted to the Patent Bar.


Mr. Olsen received his J.D., summa cum laude, as the valedictorian of the Valparaiso University School of Law class of 2010.  He was an editor of the Law Review and a justice of the Moot Court Honor Society.  In 2009, he earned an MBA graduating from Valparaiso University with highest distinction and earning graduate honors, Beta Gamma Sigma. He earned a B.S.B.A., summa cum laude, in Marketing and Management from the University of Central Missouri in 2006 and was designated the Charno Award recipient - top graduating student.

Admissions and professional memberships

Mr. Olsen is admitted to practice law in both Indiana and Michigan.  He is a member of the Goshen City Bar,  Indiana State Bar, Michigan State Bar, and American Bar Associations.

Community Involvement

Mr. Olsen has served his community through involvement with the following organizations:

  • Five Star, Coach
  • Goshen Public Library, Member of the Board of Trustees (Past President)
  • Goshen City Bar Association, Past President
  • Goshen Academic Partners, Advisory Board Member
  • Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Education Committee Member
  • ISBA American Citizenship, Committee Member
  • Real Men Read, Participant
  • Reading Camps, Participant

Mr. Olsen is also actively involved in his church.

Publications & Presentations

Mr. Olsen's publications include:

Mr. Olsen's presentations include:

  • Civility in Modern Times, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2019).
  • Social Media: Public Employers, Elkhart County Supervisory Training (Oct. & Nov. 2019).
  • Information Technology, Technological Competency, and Data Breaches, Continuing Legal Education Course (Feb. 2019).
  • Understanding the American Bar Association’s Impact on Indiana Ethics, Continuing Legal Education Course (Oct. 2018).
  • Are Indiana Ethics Changing?: An Update on Recent and Proposed Rule Changes, Continuing Legal Education Course (Oct. 2018).
  • Digital Communication: Friend or Foe?, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2017).
  • Indiana State Bar Association Presenter, Naturalization Ceremony for Northern District of Indiana (2011 to 2016).
  • Ethical Issues of Electronic Communications and Digital Marketing, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2016).
  • Legal Brand Management and Ethical Concerns, Continuing Legal Education Course (Oct. 2016).
  • Property Ownership: Individual, Joint, or Other, Credit Professionals International (Oct. 2016)
  • Legal Ethics Online and in Social Media, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2015).
  • Practical Application of Ethical Concerns, Continuing Legal Education Course (July 2015).
  • The Ethics of Practicing Law in a Digital Age, Continuing Legal Education Course (Feb. 2014).
  • Ethical Concerns of Digital Leads, Continuing Legal Education Course (Oct. 2013).
  • Social Media: Public Employees, Elkhart County Supervisory Training (Sept. & Oct. 2013).
  • Social Media:  Are you Linked In?, Continuing Legal Education Course (Sept. 2012).
  • Social Media from an HR Perspective, Goshen Human Resources Network (June 2012).
  • The Legal Impact of Social Media on Business, YAUB Seminar for Executives (Nov. 2011).

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