Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen




Kristen is an associate with Dorsey’s Trial Group in Salt Lake City. She assists clients in complex commercial litigation such as labor and employment, insurance, and products liability matters. Her experience spans multiple industries, including banking, and health care.

Kristen represents clients in class action suits and multi-district litigation, and she appears in both the federal and state courts in Utah, as well as before Utah’s administrative agencies. She has also appeared pro hac vice in several other jurisdictions on behalf of national and international clients. Kristen enjoys advising clients on employment issues and helping efficiently resolve disputes. 

Kristen is a founder and co-president of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion, a board member of the Salt Lake County Bar Association, and an alumna of the Utah Bar’s Leadership Academy. Before graduating magna cum laude at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University, Kristen interned for the Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court and helped prosecute war crimes at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She also studied international law at Central European University in Budapest and earned a certificate of International Humanitarian Law from the American Red Cross. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Kristen earned a Master’s degree in Second Language Teaching (MSLT), taught at Utah State University for several years, and studied and worked abroad in China, Jerusalem, Costa Rica, Korea, Tanzania, and Hungary.

Education & Admissions

Brigham Young University (J.D., 2014), magna cum laude

Utah State University (MSLT, 2006), magna cum laude

Utah State University (B.S., Anthropology, 2003), cum laude


  • Utah

News & Resources

Events & Speaking Engagements

Labor and Employment 2019 Symposium - Materials
“Litigation Ethics and the Internal Investigation,” Presenter, Utah State Bar Litigation Section
“How Inclusion Benefits Our Profession,” Moderator on panel, included Justice Christine Durham of the Utah Supreme Court, Jacey Skinner, general counsel to Governor Gary Herbert, and Robert Rice, the Utah Bar President
"Employment in the Digital Age," Presenter, Dorsey SLC Labor & Employment Seminar
Utah Employment Update, Presenter, Dorsey SLC Labor & Employment Seminar

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Healthcare
  • Labor & Employment
  • Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Products Liability

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • American Bar Foundation Fellow

Community Involvement

Kristen serves as a co-president of the Utah Center for Legal Inclusion (, an emerging organization in Utah aimed at advancing the goals of equity and inclusion in Utah’s legal community.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and was co-chair of the 2016 Utah Summer Bar Convention in San Diego, California.  In 2017, Kristen was chosen as a fellow of the Utah Bar’s Leadership Academy.


Contributed 50+ Pro Bono Hours in 2020

  • Contributed more than 50 Challenge pro bono hours, 2020
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2019-2021
Kristen Olsen