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Paul Van Olson

Beau Barrett

Yankton, South Dakota

Born in Norfolk, Nebraska, Paul spent his early years on family farms in Wayne and Cedar Counties in Nebraska before graduating from Norfolk Senior High. After completing his B.S.F.S. in Diplomacy and International Security at Georgetown University in 1991, he spent more than a decade with The Boeing Company as a Governmental Relations Specialist working on federal administrative and legislative issues. He wrote, edited, and consulted on communications  projects for clients including TimeWarner and the American Petroleum Institute before enrolling in law school at the University of South Dakota in 2010.

As a law student Paul was a staff writer for South Dakota L
aw Review, and a member of the School of Law Trial Team. He graduated with Sterling Honors in May of 2013. Paul practiced law independently for one year and joined JMMWH in February 2015

Mr. Van Olson, his wife, Cora, and children, Joyce and Anders, are all active in the Yankton Area Ice Association..

Honors and Awards

  • Sterling Honors, University of South Dakota School of Law, May 2013

  • Everett A. Bogue Scholarship, May 2011

  • Donald R. Shultz Award for Evidence, January 2012

  • Roy Rietz Award for Trusts and Wills, July 2013

  • Hannah Anderson UCC Prize for Secured Transactions, July 2013

  • Alan Bogue Award for Legal Writing, July 2011


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Yankton Area Ice Association
  • Yankton Sharpshooters
  • Knights of Columbus

Published Works

  • Fox-Hunting the Conscience of the King into A Shallow Grave: Sovereign Immunity and Discovery As Applied to Indian Tribes in Alltel Communications, L.L.C. v. Dejordy and Its Implications for Discovery Practice, 58 S.D. L. Rev. 405 (2013).

Office Location

Marlow, Woodward & Huff, Prof. LLC
200 West Third Street
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone: 605-665-5009
Fax: 605-665-4788
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