Lyndsey Olson was appointed as the Saint Paul City Attorney by Mayor Melvin Carter in 2018. Working alongside a talented team of legal professionals, Ms. Olson provides strategic leadership to the second-largest municipal law office in the State of Minnesota which handles every aspect of the legal business for the City of Saint Paul. The Saint Paul City Attorney’s Office operates under a vision of inclusion, access to justice, sustainable legal processes and innovative legal solutions.
Ms. Olson, is a 2003 graduate of the Hamline School of Law and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. Previously as the General Counsel of the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Department of Military Affairs from 2013 to 2018, she managed and directed all legal matters for the department in 62 communities around the state. She is currently a Lieutenant Colonel in the Minnesota National Guard Judge Advocate General’s Corps. She is also a combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; she received a Bronze Star for her service there as a criminal prosecutor and international law attorney.
Ms. Olson is a frequent local and national CLE instructor, and is the author of several publications. She has been named to the Minnesota Business Journal’s list of top in-house counsel, Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year, and is one of Minnesota Business Journal’s 40 Under 40. She also serves as the Treasurer for the 34th Infantry Division’s Commander’s Own Chapter, and on the Ramsey County Justice Coordinating Committee, the Ramsey County Equal Justice Committee, board of directors for Central Minnesota Legal Services, and the Minnesota County Attorneys’ Association Board.