Robert J. Olson

Robert J. Olson




Robert is a partner in the Real Estate practice group and practices in all aspects of real property law focusing on transactions involving the acquisition, development, construction, financing, sale, leasing, and disposition of real estate. Robert also supports other practice groups in matters affecting real property, including mergers and acquisitions, project development and financing.

Education & Admissions

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1995), cum laude
Dean's List, 1992-1995

University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management (B.S., 1991), Dean's List, 1989-1991


  • Minnesota


Representative Transactions

  • Assists several clients of various compositions and sizes in the acquisition, leasing, improvement and disposition of real property in all 50 states, Canada, Europe and India.
  • Acquisition, development, construction, expansion and financing of Tier III data centers.
  • Construction, leasing and financing transactions on tribal land.
  • Private/public partnership development and construction projects.
  • Large-scale acquisition and disposition projects in connection with corporation transactions, including the acquisition of a portfolio of over 1,400 parcels of improved real property located in over 20 states.
  • Acquisition and development of real property for purposes of constructing and operating biofuel production facilities.
  • Acquisition and development of real property for purposes of constructing and operating soy bean production facilities.
  • Headquarter acquisitions, developments, expansions, construction, leasing, dispositions and sale/lease-backs.
  • Representing foreign entities in the acquisition of real property in the United States.
  • Portfolio sale/lease-back transactions.
  • Segregation and disposition of co-located domestic and international facilities in connection with corporate reorganizations.
  • Adverse possession and boundary line disputes.
  • Office tower acquisition, development, construction and leasing.
  • Airport hangar acquisition and disposition.
  • Acquisition and disposition of milling facilities.
  • Primary leasing counsel for multiple clients having commercial office leasing portfolios covering millions of rentable square feet.
  • Acquisition and disposition of automotive salvage facilities.
  • Acquisition and disposition of food service-related facilities.
  • Acquisition and disposition of agricultural land.
  • Negotiation of design and construction contracts for the design and construction of commercial construction projects.

News & Resources

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Construction & Design
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Healthcare
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, American Bar Association, Minnesota Bar Association, and Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
  • Member, CoreNet Global


Chambers USA 2018 Leading Individual  Ranked in USA Chambers 2017 Leading Individual  Ranked In - USA Chambers and Partners 2016 - Leading Individual   Ranked in Chambers USA 2015 - Leading Individual North Star Lawyer logo

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2013-2019
  • MSBA North Star Lawyer, 2016
  • Named one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA (Real Estate), 2011-2018
  • Listed as a "Rising Star" by Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2004, 2006, 2008
Robert J. Olson