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Janet Olawsky

Phone: 612.256.3252
Fax: 612.215.6870
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Janet Olawsky

Janet is a member of Nichols Kaster’s individual rights practice group and is a tireless advocate for employees who have been terminated or discriminated against for unlawful reasons, including their gender, race, age, disability, or for blowing the whistle on illegal activities.  She also helps employees who are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.

In addition, Janet represents employees on wide-ranging employment issues, including severance negotiations, contract disputes, claims for unpaid wages, defamation, administrative agency charges and appeals, and tort-based conduct.

Prior to joining Nichols Kaster, Janet was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Kevin A. Lund in Rochester, Minnesota.

While in law school, Janet represented low income clients through the Legal Assistance to Minnesota Prisoners clinic.  She also received a Public Service Award for her volunteer work, including interning with the Innocence Project to ensure that Minnesotans were not wrongly convicted. She also clerked at a small employment firm which represented employees and mediated employment disputes.


  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
  • J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 2012, magna cum laude
  • B.A. University of St. Thomas, 2007, magna cum laude
Titles / Awards / Memberships
  • Committee Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association New Lawyers Section
  • Committee Chair, Minnesota State Bar Association Labor & Employment Section
  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • National Employment Lawyers Association – Minnesota Chapter
  • American Association for Justice