TRICIA M. OLSON

“DETERMINING A CLIENT’S NEEDS often requires consultation with both the client and the client’s other business advisors.  Clients need their advisors to work together as a team and my experience as a CPA and MBA helps me, as a lawyer, to work well with the other advisors on my clients’ teams.”

About Me

My grandfather taught me to use an adding machine when I was just three years old.  A few years later, he taught me how to use ledger paper and, despite a few initial misunderstandings on my part regarding the use of debits and credits, my career path was launched!  I returned home to Salem after college and attended Willamette University so that I could obtain my Master of Business Administration (MBA) while working toward my Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license.  While in the MBA program, I attended a class at Willamette College of Law and was so captivated by the class that I decided to extend my stay at Willamette and become a lawyer.  After graduation, I worked for a public accounting firm before joining Heltzel Williams PC.

When I am not at work, I experience the adventures of everyday life with my husband, Troy, and our two daughters, Madelyn and Sydney.  Troy and I were both born and raised in Salem, and met when we were in high school.  Our daughters joined us through international adoption from China.  The lessons we learned through that process were life-changing.  Both girls exhibited amazing courage and fierce tenacity as they navigated a change of people, language, and country.  Earning their trust and love, as their parents, will always be our proudest accomplishment.  My time with Troy, Madelyn and Sydney is my greatest joy.

My Legal Work

My decision to transfer from accounting to the practice of law was a result of my desire to help clients find practical ways to navigate the various laws and regulations applicable to their business. While I still enjoy a good spreadsheet project, I most enjoy helping business owners strategize and find solutions to their legal issues that fit their business needs, values and priorities. Determining a client’s needs often requires consultation with both the client and the client’s other business advisors. Clients need their advisors to work together as a team and my experience as a CPA and MBA helps me, as a lawyer, to work well with the other advisors on my clients’ teams. I focus my legal practice in the following areas:

Business Law & Litigation
Employment Law for Employers
Real Estate Transactions

 

 

Professional Activities and Community Involvement

Education

Willamette University College of Law, cum laude (2003)

  • Willamette Law Review, Managing Editor/Business
  • Winner of First Year Appellate Competition

Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University, with honors (2003)

  • Treasurer of Joint Degree Association
  • Research Assistant for Marketing Professor

Northwest Nazarene University (Bachelor of Science in Accounting) (1999)

  • 4.00 GPA
  • Students In Free Enterprise Member and Business Club Vice President

Professional Presentations

  • “Creditors in Probate” – Mid-Valley Tax Forum, March 2013
  • “Creditors in Probate” – Marion County Probate Practice Group, December 2012