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Dan Olsen

Contract Attorney
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Dan Olsen is a Contract Attorney at Jordan Ramis and focuses his practice on state and local government law.  Part of Jordan Ramis PC’s Local Government Law team, Dan has extensive experience in virtually every area of local government law, including:
  • Drafting complex agreements, ordinances, statutes, and ballot titles
  • Negotiating contracts and settlements
  • Annexations, district formations and dissolutions
  • SDCs, LIDs, taxation, budgeting and government finance
  • Land use, municipal real estate, and code enforcement
  • Elections law
  • Public contracting, public meetings and records
  • Public finance and economic development
  • Arbitration and mediation
  • Administrative hearings 

Dan has handled over 100 LUBA, circuit court and appellate cases.  His expertise in government law also includes authoring numerous legal publications on land use, eminent domain, legislation and other topics, and frequently training and speaking on state and local government law to such groups as the American Planning Association, International Municipal Attorneys Association, American Right of Way Association, Oregon City Attorney Association, Oregon State Bar, and the Urban Land Institute.  He takes pride in providing timely, accurate and cost-effective legal advice to help local governments achieve their goals. 
Dan’s government law background includes serving as Assistant Eugene City Attorney in 2013 on a short-term assignment, serving as Interim Lane County Counsel in 2011 on a short-term assignment, serving as Washington County Counsel from 1996-2011, and serving as Assistant Washington County Counsel from 1981-1996.

Education & Admissions


  • B.S., Portland State University
  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law


  • State of Oregon
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court



Memberships & Activities

  • Oregon State Bar, Government Law Section, Past Chair 
  • Oregon County Counsels Association, Past President
  • AOC/County Counsel Legislative Committee
  • Oregon State Bar Press Broadcasters Committee, Past Member
  • Oregon City Attorney Association
  • Oregon Law Commission, Election Law Modernization Work Group

Awards and Honors

Don Mason Distinguished Public Service Award, Washington County, Oregon




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