Steven J. Olsen
Steven J. Olsen
Steven J. Olsen



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 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,  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.


Mr. Olsen received his J.D., summa cum laude, as the valedictorian of his Valparaiso University School of Law class. He was an editor of the Law Review and a justice of the Moot Court Honor Society. 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  and was designated the Charno Award recipient – top graduating student.

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.

Admissions & Professional Associations

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.

Publications and Presentations

Mr. Olsen’s presentations include:

  • Legalese and Fees: Signs of Competence?, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2023)
  • Zealous Advocate or Lying Lawyer: Protecting our Profession, Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2022).
  • Legal Feud: Ethics Edition (Season 2), Continuing Legal Education Course (Dec. 2021).
  • Legal Feud: Ethics Edition, Continuing Legal Education Course (Sept. 2021).
  • 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).

Mr. Olsen’s publications include:

  • Property: To Share or Not to Share, The Credit Professional (Spring 2017).
  • Confidentiality Provisions and the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016, YAUB E-Alert (June 2016).
  • Understanding the Heritage of Our Community, Leading Business (Dec. 2013).
  • The Ethical Ramifications of Developing Online Leads, ABA Bus. L. Sec. Young Law. Comm. Newsl. (Aug. 2013)
  • Protecting Religious Identity with American Trademark Law, 12 Chi.-Kent J. Intell. Prop. 129 (2013).
  • Company Websites and the Need for Online Privacy Statements, YAUB E-Alert (Mar. 2013).
  • Social Media:  Are You Linked In?, Ind. St. B. Ass’n Bus. L. Newsl. (Oct. 2012).
  • Employer Restrictions on Social Media, YAUB E-Alert (Sept. 2012).
  • E-Verify in Indiana, YAUB E-Alert (Sept. 2011).
  • Comparative Advertising in the Internet Age: Understanding Current E-Commerce Forms of Trademark Use, ABA Landslide J., Issue 2.6 (2010).
  • Mixed Signals in Trademark’s “Likelihood of Confusion Law”: Does Quality Matter?, Note, 44 Val. U.L. Rev. 659 (2010).


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