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Nathan Allen Olson

Criminal defense Attorney at Des Moines, IA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Nate Olson

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  • Licensed for 11 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2012
    Active No misconduct found

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About Nathan

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Nathan Olson's primary practice consists of criminal, appellate, and post-conviction cases. He  believes in the presumption of innocence and works hard toward obtaining just results for his clients. When he takes on a case, he does so analytically, breaking down all the pieces to spot where the allegations are weak and identify where the defense is strong. Attorney Olson has a passion for standing up for good people who may have been victims of false allegations or found themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Attorney Nathan A. Olson received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law school.


Branstad & Olson Law Offices
2501 Grand Ave
Suite A
Des Moines, IA, 50312


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  4 customer reviews
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Posted by Joppe | August 25, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Best lawyer we had for our son. What he did was great and he did not fail at all
Posted by Melissa Burns-Hull | August 14, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank You Again!
Amazing Lawyer, Highly recommend. Nate Olson was the one to represent me more on Christines behalf and I only had one appearance with Christine but i also rank her at 5 stars as well. I am highly satisfied with the consult of both attorneys and they both helped me win my case and I couldnt be forever more grateful and tremdously thankful i am for their hard work and great professionalism in helping me succeed in landing a great deal on my charge. Thank you again to the both of you :)
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
Very caring, and everything went perfect with my case. He was appointed to me, but I'm glad I got someone who did not only care about the money but also the case.
Posted by Troy | June 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Property Purchase
Nate represented me in negotiating a property purchase. I was unable to do the negotiating myself, but gave Nate the background on the property and my target price. After Nate asked a few probing questions, I authorized him to start a much lower amount than my target. In the end, he saved me $2,000 on the purchase price, well worth the fee he charged.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-350 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Branstad Law
  • 2015 - 2018
  • District Court Clerk
  • Polk County
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Article Editor
  • New York Law Review Staff
  • 2010 - 2012


  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude
  • 2011
  • Drake University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. De Jong
  • Not Guilty
  • State v. Hasselman
  • Reversed and Remanded


  • Blackstone American Inn of Court
  • Master of the Bench
  • 2013 - Present
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019


  • 60 Drake Law Review 715
  • - A Coin on the Tracks: Can Big Money and Politics Derail Judicial Impartiality Through Election Spending?
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Lincoln's Inn of Court
  • Helpful Hints and Perilous Pitfalls: An Abbreviated Guide to Alleviating Court Aggravation in Workers’ Compensation / Administrative Appeals"
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Appeals Attorney | Jan 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have collaborated with Nate on a number of cases, most recently on appeal work. His arguments are excellent and always take into consideration not only the law, but he understands what each client is going through and writes that into the brief. He is especially adamant when people have been treated unfairly. For other attorneys, he always contributes more than his half. For clients, he gives more in work quality and effort than he takes in fees. I have seen him take down arguments from top lawyers all around the country. This guy is an A+ Iowa lawyer who loves his work and wants justice to be accessible - I would hire him personally to represent me and that's the biggest compliment I can give."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Nate is a skillful and conscientious attorney. I have been very impressed with the litigation support he has provided me."
Appeals Attorney | Jun 01
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Nate's ability to spot issues and articulate his analysis makes him a superior advocate for his clients."
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Des Moines Criminal defense Lawyer Nathan Allen Olson
Nathan Allen Olson
Criminal defense Attorney
Des Moines, IA
Licensed for 11 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available