Joseph Olson

Phone: 651-523-2142


AB, University of Notre Dame
JD, (Distinction) Duke University School of Law
LLM, University of Florida Law Center


"A business attorney is continually dealing with the future, continually calculating and exercising foresight to counsel a client. The legal aspects of business demand effort, compel earnestness, require knowledge, and grease the wheels of industry."

View Professor Olson's research: SSRN Author Page -- Joseph Olson

Professor Joseph Olson is a leading authority on tax and business law. His treatise, Federal Taxation of Intellectual Property Transfers, was first published in 1986 and is updated bi-annually. He is a legal counselor's counselor, being called upon by colleagues for information on areas of business law.

Olson drafted the close corporation amendments to the Minnesota Business Corporation act and writes articles on corporate planning. He is a frequent lecturer and arbitrator in contractual disputes involving securities dealer-client and manufacturer-distributor issues. Olson has served as administrative law judge for the state of Minnesota and has consulted with judges, state legislators, and municipal officials.

Prior to joining the Hamline Law faculty, Olson was with Dorsey & Whitney. While in law school, he was elected to the academic honor society Order of the Coif. He was also an officer in the Air Force. Currently, Olson is president of Academics for the Second Amendment and serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. He is past-president of The Corporate Counsel Association and has been on the Board of Minnesota Continuing Legal Education.

Olson teaches Business Associations, Business Planning, Contracts, Corporate Finance, and taxation courses.

DISCLAIMER: There are a series of emails floating around the internet dealing with the 2008 Obama/McCain election and the 2000 Bush/Gore election, remarks of a Scottish philosopher named Alexander Tyler, suicide rates, or ANYTHING ELSE. I did not author any part of either email. I've been trying to kill this fallacy for 10 years. I didn't have any part of it in 2000, and I still have no part of the email in regards to the 2008 election. For details, see:



Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control, 61 ME. L. REV. 57 (2009). (with Clayton E. Cramer).

Pistols, Crime, and Public Safety in Early America, 44 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 699 (2008). (with Clayton E. Cramer).

Brief for Academics for the Second Amendment as Amicus Curiae Supporting Respondent, District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) (No. 07-279).

What Did “Bear Arms” Mean in the Second Amendment?, 6 GEORGETOWN J. L. & PUB. POL’Y 511 (2008). (with Clayton E. Cramer).

The Minnesota Citizen's Personal Protection Act of 2003: History and Commentary, 25 HAMLINE J. PUB. L. & POL’Y 21 (2003).

All the Way Down the Slippery Slope: Gun Prohibition in England and Some Lessons for Civil Liberties in America, 22 HAMLINE L. REV. 399 (1999). (with David B. Kopel).

In Re 101 California Street: A Legal and Economic Analysis of Strict Liability for the Manufacture and Sale of ‘Assault Weapons’, 8 STAN. L. & POL’Y REV. 41 (1997). (with Bruce H. Kobayashi).

Preventing a Reign of Terror: Civil Liberties Implications for Terrorism Legislation, 21 OKLA. CITY U. L. REV. 247 (1996). (with David B. Kopel).

Representing Minority Shareholders in Close Corporations under Modern Business Corporations Acts, 64 WASH. U. L. Q. 507 (1986).

A Statutory Elixir for the Oppression Malady, 36 MERCER L. REV. 627 (1985); reprinted in 27 CORP. PRAC. COMMENTATOR 343 (1985).
  HeinOnline(Hamline Users) HeinOnline

Federal Income Taxation of Patent and Know-How Transfers, 28 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 537 (1984).