Nebraska Mediation, Arbitration and ADR Services


Dean Olson / Commercial Arbitrator in Omaha, NE


Waldine “Dean” H. Olson, Esq.

ADR Neutral & Nebraska Commercial Arbitrator near Omaha and Lincoln


Dean Olson Omaha Nebraska ArbitratorAttorney Dean Olson is a commercial arbitrator available to assist with arbitrating a variety of disputes throughout Nebraska, including personal injury, business, contract, employment, insurance, real estate, construction and other matters. His full-time civil litigation law practice included the representation of both plaintiffs and defendants in major civil litigation, commercial litigation, and construction litigation. Olson was engaged in a full-time civil litigation practice for over 35 years and has been a commercial arbitrator for over 25 years.

Olson’s substantial commercial arbitration experience is an asset to parties in conflict and their counsel.  Whether the dispute involves personal injury and insurance defense (such as product, automobile, commercial, crop, and environmental claims), commercial litigation (such as business contract disputes, inverse condemnation actions, corporate shareholder disputes) or any phases of construction litigation (including building owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, and engineers), Olson is adept at conducting arbitration proceedings in a professional, impartial and efficient manner.

Dean Olson, Arbitrator
14301 FNB Parkway, Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68154
402-835-6300, ext. 204


  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, 1965
  • B.S., Midland College, 1962


  • Colorado, 1965
  • Nebraska, 1966
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1972



  • Of Counsel, Nolan, Olson & Stryker, P.C., L.L.O., 2009 to present;
  • Of Counsel and Partner, Nolan, Olson, Hansen, Lautenbaugh & Buckley LLP (and predecessor firms), 1997-2008;
  • Shareholder and Partner, Schmid, Mooney & Frederick, P.C. (and predecessor firms), 1971-97;
  • Attorney and Partner, Harden, Olson & Napheys (and predecessor firm), 1965-71 .


Dean Olson’s private law practice included litigation in all Nebraska courts on a wide range of issues, such as:

  • Business Interruption/Property Loss
  • Agency/Broker Issues
  • Claims Management Practices (e.g. bad faith claims)
  • Property/Casualty Insurance

His insurance practice also included the issuance of numerous Insurance Coverage opinions relating to Allocation of Loss Among Multiple Insurers, Primary/Excess Issues, Coverage Trigger Issues, Interpretation and Application of Exclusionary Clauses, and various other first- and third-party coverage. Olson’s experience as a Neutral has included several high-dollar Crop Insurance claims in four Midwestern states.


Personal Injury/Insurance Defense

  • Representation of manufacturer of transformer in wrongful death action for damages resulting from alleged electrical explosion. Verdict for defendant manufacturer. Affirmed on appeal. Erickson et al. v. Monarch Industries, Inc. et al. , 216 Neb. 875 (1984).
  • Representation of homeowners in action to recover damages for injuries resulting from exposure to termiticide. Summary judgment for defendants reversed on appeal.  Settled via mediation. Malleck v. The Dow Chemical Corp. et al., 2000 Neb. App. LEXIS 312 (2000).
  • Representation of manufacturer of oil well service rig for alleged design and manufacturing deficiencies resulting in crush injury from falling pulley assembly. Verdict for defendant. Goforth v. Crane Carrier Corp., U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Commercial Litigation

  • Representation of public carrier in inverse condemnation action arising out of urban renewal project. Greyhound Lines v. City of Omaha, District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of national credit card processor in defense of action for damages due to cancellation of processing agreement. Benchmark, Inc. v. First National Bank of Omaha, District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of majority shareholders in minority shareholder suit to force liquidation and dissolution of family-owned corporation, owner of 80,000+ acre ranch in western Nebraska. Caldwell v. Ressegieus, U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska.

Construction Litigation

  • Representation of general contractor in action for recovery of damages for alleged deficiencies in the design and construction of pharmacy college building. Summary judgment for defendant. Affirmed on appeal. Board of Regents of the Univ. of Nebraska v. Lueder Constr. Co., 230 Neb. 686 (1988).
  • Representation of geological engineer in action for recovery of damages resulting from subsidence of airport parking garage under construction. Settled during trial. Omaha Airport Authority v. Woodward Clyde et al. , District Court for Douglas County, Nebraska.
  • Representation of well driller in action for recovery of damages for alleged groundwater contamination at galvanizing and manufacturing facility. Verdict for defendant. Affirmed on appeal. Lindsay Mfg. v. Bruce Gilmore Assoc. et al., 246 Neb. 495 (1994).

Other Experience

Dean Olson served in a quasi-judicial capacity during six-year term on the Nebraska District Two Disciplinary Committee on Inquiry, which heard and decided grievances against practicing attorneys. Olson also served as court-appointed referee to hear evidence and provide recommendations in attorney disciplinary proceedings.

Arbitration Experience

Dean Olson has served as an arbitrator since 1987.  Representative arbitration cases include:

  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute arising out of the rebuild of a municipal cable television system.
  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute arising out of joint venture agreement for ownership and management of luxury golf club.
  • Chaired three-member panel arbitration of dispute involving alleged wrongful liquidation of a margin account by securities broker.
  • Arbitration of dispute involving alleged wrongful termination of employment of insurance agent.
  • Arbitration of dispute arising out of alleged wrongful termination of distributorship contract.
  • Arbitration of two separate disputes arising out of alleged denial of benefits and cancellation of excess loss insurance coverage for group health benefit plans.
  • Arbitration of several crop insurance claims.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training

Resolving eDiscovery Disputes in Large Complex Arbitrations 2015; Making Rulings on Evidentiary Objections 2015; Recent Trends in Challenging Arbitrator Authority 2014; Disclosure, Vacatur, Sanctions, and Arbitrator Authority 2013; Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing 2012; What are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority 2011; Navigating the Construction Arbitration Roadmap 2011; Confronting Arbitrability and Jurisdiction Issues in Arbitration 2011; Ethics 101: Mediators, Arbitrators, Attorneys 2011; Judicial Remands of Challenged Awards 2009; Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics 2008; Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure 2007; Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties 2005; Commercial Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues 2002; numerous other ADR training.