New Richmond attorney opens law firm
Angela Olson, past president of the New Richmond Area Chamber of Commerce, has opened her own law firm in Hudson.
Previously with the law firms of Eckberg Lammers Briggs Wolff & Vierling and Bakke Norman, Olson said she went out on her own to provide balance in her life and to better learn the business of operating a law firm.
"Having my own firm allows me the flexibility to serve my clients and be home with my kids when I want," she said. "I don't have to worry about how many hours I bill at the end of the day. I just have to make sure I have enough money to pay my bills (and staff) and provide a happy life for my family."
Olson's practice focuses on family law and criminal law.
"I help people through the most difficult times in their lives -- when they are going through a divorce or have been accused of a crime," she explained.
Olson has a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. and a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University. She is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association and the St. Croix Valley Bar Association. She has also served as the judge for the New Richmond Tiger Teen Court.
Olson is a founding board member of the St. Croix Valley Young Professionals Group, and an active member in the Hudson Chamber of Commerce. She is also a Junior Achievement volunteer. Olson is also a graduate of New Richmond's Leadership Trust Initiative program.
In a related note, Olson was a 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year nominee for the state of Wisconsin.
There are approximately 4,600 young lawyer members of the Wisconsin State Bar. To qualify as a "young lawyer" an attorney has to be under 36 or in their first five years of practice.
For the annual state award, current members of the organization are asked to nominate a young attorney who has gone above and beyond for their clients, to their local and state bars, and to their communities. A total of 16 attorneys, including Olson, received nominations this year. Barbara Privat of the Washington County State Public Defender's Office won this year's award.
"I had no idea I was even nominated," Olson said. "I was humbled that what I do every day was noteworthy enough to nominate me for the award. I am honored immensely."
Olson said she works hard for clients and is involved in her community because it makes a difference in people's lives.
"I don't do it for the accolades. My clients need me. If I can do good work for them I feel good," she said. "I stay involved in the community because if I want to make the community a better place for my kids to grow up."
Olson resides in New Richmond with her husband, twin sons and daughter.