Thomas B. Olson

Tom Olson has been in practice for more than 30 years working primarily in the area of litigation relating to real estate, construction, estate, and other business and commercial disputes. Olson often serves as a mediator and arbitrator of real estate based litigation. His litigation and mediation experience includes litigation over leases, specific performance and termination of real estate contracts; survey disputes; litigated foreclosure actions; mortgage reformations; actions to reform real estate agreements; partition actions dividing multiple party interests; adverse possession, boundary by practical location and easement actions; Deed authenticity and authorization, mechanic’s lien foreclosure and priority disputes; general construction, subcontractor and supplier litigation; construction bond claims; litigation over Options and Rights of First Refusal; land title registration and proceedings subsequent to land registration; closing agent liability; title agent errors and omissions; mortgage priority disputes among lenders; surveyor liability. Mr. Olson regularly represents several national title insurers and frequently represents insureds by appointment of the insurer. He has also litigated coverage issues and damage matters. Tom Olson answers real estate related questions for new lawyers on behalf of the Minnesota State Bar Association; this website can be found at Olson has also litigated and mediated miscellaneous commercial and business disputes. Olson has litigated many Will contests for proponents and opponents of Wills and Trusts; for fiduciaries and interested parties. Mr. Olson is a Civil Trial Senior Specialist, certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association. He has successfully tried cases before Juries and Courts. He has successfully argued appeals in State and Federal Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Olson has presented at seminars for lawyers, surveyors and title insurers on various real estate matters; most recently to the Real Estate Institute sponsored by the Minnesota Bar Association and the Minnesota Land Surveyor Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis/St. Louis Park. Tom Olson is regularly recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Minnesota Law & Politics. He is licensed to practice before the Minnesota and Wisconsin State and Federal court systems.

Bar Admissions:

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


  • B.A., University of Minnesota
  • J.D., University of Miami, FL

Membership and Organizations:

  • Member, Minnesota State Bar Association – Civil Litigation Section
  • Member, Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, St. Louis Park Sunrise Rotary – former president and board member
  • Member, HCBA Mentoring
  • Member, Minnesota Land Title Association
  • Mentor, University of St. Thomas Law School


  • Co-Author, “Life Is Better At The Lake.” February 2018
  • Co-Author & Speaker, Role of Surveyors in Litigation, MN Society of Professional Surveyors, 2016 Summer Conference.
  • Author & Speaker, “Adverse Possession and Practical Location of Boundaries, Part II.” Ramsey County Bar Association, May 2014
  • Author & Speaker, “Issues Unique to Recreational and Lake Shore Property; Boundary Disputes.” Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA), May 9, 2013
  • Author & Speaker, “Adverse Possession and Practical Location of Boundaries.” Ramsey County Bar Association, September 2013
  • Author & Speaker, “Adverse Possession and Practical Location.” Half Moon Seminar, December 2012
  • Author & Speaker, “What Must Be Accepted and What Can Be Rejected?”  Recording Institute, Minnesota County Recorder’s Association (MCRA), June 2012
  • Author & Speaker, “What Must Be Accepted and What Can be Rejected? Minnesota Paralegal AssociationMay 2012
  • Author & Speaker, “What Must Be Accepted and What Can be Rejected?” Real Estate Institute, November 2011
  • Author & Speaker, “Issues on Recording.” Minnesota County Recorders Association Annual Meeting, June 2011
  • Author & Speaker, “Recording and Priority Issues.” Southern Minnesota PREP, May 2011
  • Speaker, “Issues Facing Real Estate Agents & Business Brokers.” Calhoun Companies, August 2011
  • Chair, Co-Author & Speaker, “Adverse Possession & Practical Location.” MSBA Continuing Legal Education, May 2011
  • Author, “A Review of Boundary Law.” Hennepin Lawyer, November 2010
  • Author & Speaker, “Avoiding or Limiting Title Claims.” Minnesota Land Title Association, April 2010
  • Author & Speaker, “Limiting Boundary & Access Claims Based on Use.” Minnesota State Bar Association, March 2010
  • Co-author & Speaker, “Determining Boundaries and Access Based on Use.” Real Estate Institute, 2009
  • Chair & Speaker, “Settling Boundaries.” Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors
  • Speaker, “Establishing Ownership by Possession.” Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors, 2011
  • Speaker, “Eight Easement Problems, Eight Easement Solutions.” Real Estate Institute, November 2010
  • Speaker, “Issues Unique to Recreational and Lake Shore Property: Boundary Issues.” MSBA Continuing Legal Education, 2010
  • Speaker, “Implied Easements, Prescriptive Easements, Statutory Dedication, Common Law Dedication, and Cartways.” Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors, 2008
  • Speaker, “Determining Boundaries and Access to Real Property Based on Use.” Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – 2005
  • Co-Author, “Recovering Lost Real Estate Commissions.” Bench & Bar of Minnesota, 2003
  • Author & Speaker, “Boundary Litigation.” Professional Education Systems Institute, 2003
  • Author, “The Will Contest.”  The Hennepin Lawyer, 2000
  • Author, “(Not a) Learned Treatise on Adverse Possession.” The Hennepin Lawyer, 1999
  • Co-author, “Determining Boundaries and Access Based on Use.”Real Estate Institute, 2009
  • Speaker, “Settling Boundaries.” Minnesota Society of Professional Surveyors, 2008

Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate Law & Litigation
  • Title Insurance
  • Boundary Line Litigation
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Construction Law & Litigation
  • Business and Commercial Disputes
  • Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Appeals
Contact Information
One Corporate Center I
7401 Metro Blvd., Suite 575
Edina, MN 55439
Direct: 952.224.3644 x2
Fax: 952.400.3133