Mankato:  (507) 387-2100

Michelle Olsen


Michelle Olsen


(507) 387-2100
(507) 375-3374

A Twin Cities native, Michelle relocated to the Mankato area in March of 2016. While working in the Mankato, Minnesota office of Birkholz & Associates, Michelle has successfully handled cases in the areas of family law and criminal defense.

Why Choose Michelle?

Michelle takes the time to get to know her clients individually. Michelle learns each client’s needs and circumstances and tailors her approach to encompass all aspects of the client’s family life, including their relationships and family dynamics. Michelle has experience in complex divorce matters, order for protection and harassment matters, and custody disputes.

Michelle’s experience in criminal law began when she interned with the Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office in their criminal division. She analyzed misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal cases. Michelle handled numerous individual criminal cases working the first appearance and in-custody calendar. After this internship, Michelle next interned at the Department of Homeland Security: Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She attended removal proceedings and researched and drafted memos for the department in regarding immigration cases. Michelle also participated in the University of St. Thomas Law’s Misdemeanor Defense Clinic and worked for the Third District Public Defender’s Office. There she drafted motions and memorandums for a variety of criminal defense issues.

Contact Michelle for a free consultation about how she can be of service in your legal matter.

Practice Areas


  • University of St. Thomas School of Law, MN, Juris Doctorate, 2015
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, B.A., Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance; and Psychology, 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota State Bar - Admitted October 30, 2015

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association

Work History

  • Birkholz & Associates (Birkholz Law, LLC), Attorney, March 2016-present
  • Thomson Reuters, Legal Intern, September 2014-September 2015
  • Department of Homeland Security, Law Clerk, January 2015-May 2015
  • Third Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, Certified Student Attorney Volunteer, Summer 2014
  • Minneapolis City Attorney’s Office, Certified Student Attorney Volunteer, January 2014-May 2014
  • Cozen O’Connor, Certified Student Attorney, Consumer Bankruptcy Clinic, January 2014-August 2014
  • Elaraj and Associates, PA, Law Clerk, Spring 2013

Activities and Interests

  • Traveling and spending time with family in the Twin Cities
  • Camping, hiking, running