Steven W. Olsen

“Steve, as the President of Simmons Olsen Law Firm, strives to ensure the continued success of the Firm as a provider of competent and effective legal representation and its reputation as a leader in the community. Steve leads by example with his courteous and professional service to clients, extensive involvement with community and professional organizations, dedication to family, and respect for friends and colleagues. Steve’s achievements as a trial attorney have been recognized by his induction into the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor bestowed only on those “experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality.” – John A. Selzer

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Organizations

  • Past President and current Board Member – Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce
  • Past President and current member – Scottsbluff/Gering Rotary Club
  • Past President and Campaign Chairman – United Way
  • Past President, Board Member, Capital Campaign Chairman, Sustaining Campaign Chairman – YMCA
  • Past Board member – Twin Cities Development
  • Past President and Board Member – Scotts Bluff Country Club
  • Past President – Scotts Bluff County Bar Association
  • Past President – Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
  • Current State Representative – DRI
  • Current Board Member – Bay State Community Foundation
  • Current Board Member – St. Agnes Parish Council
  • Current Board Member – Western Nebraska Community College Foundation
  • Past Volunteer and Board Member – 23 Club Baseball; Twin Cities Legion Baseball
  • Past Scoutmaster – Troop 13
  • Current Advancement Chairman – Tri-Trails District – Boy Scouts of America
  • Current Board Member – Longs Peak Council – Boy Scouts of America

Honors/Awards

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Trailblazer of the Year – Scottsbluff/Gering United Chamber of Commerce
  • Volunteer of the Year – YMCA
  • Eagle Scout – Boy Scouts of America
  • Silver Beaver – Boy Scouts of America

Noteworthy Cases

  • Aguallo v. City of Scottsbluff, 267 Neb. 801, 678 N.W.2d 82 (2004) – Premises liability
  • Iodence v. City of Alliance, 270 Neb. 59, 700 N.W.2d 562 (2005) – Municipal law; Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act
  • Nauenburg v. Lewis, 265 Neb. 89, 655 N.W.2d 219 (2003) – Police officers; false arrest
  • Schneider v. Chavez-Munoz, 9 Neb. App. 579, 616 N.W.2d 46 (Neb.App. 2000) – Auto accident
  • Olsen v. Farm Bureau Ins., 259 Neb. 329, 609 N.W.2d 664 (2000) – Insurance coverage
  • Kraft v. Paul Reed Construction, 239 Neb. 257, 475 N.W.2d 513 (191) – Workers’ compensation
  • Estate of Teague v. Crossroads Cooperative Associate., 281 Neb. 1, 834 N.W.2d 236 (2013) – Workers’ Compensation; exclusive remedies
  • Downey v. Western Community College Area, 282 Neb. 970, 808 N.W.2d 839 (2012) – Workers’ compensation; negligence; political subdivisions; negligence
  • Britton v. City of Crawford, 282 Neb. 374, 803 N.W.2d 508 (2011) – Police officers; assault and battery
  • Jelinek v. Land O’Lakes, Inc., 19 Neb. App 1, 797 N.W.2d 289 (Neb App 2011) – Warranties; crop damage
  • Martinez v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, A09-137 – Federal Employers’ Liability Act; negligence
  • McKee v. City of Hemingford, 16 Neb. App 837, 753 N.W.2d 854 (Neb App 2008) – Administrative law; constitution law
  • Driscoll v. City of Bayard, 13-3248 – Wrongful death; political subdivision tort claims act

Publications

  • Civil Practice Manual (Pre-Trial Procedure)- Nebraska Defense Counsel Association for publication in the Nebraska State Bar Association Magazine
  • A View from the Jury Box- Nebraska Defense Counsel Association for publication in the Nebraska State Bar Association Magazine