Matt Olsen’s practice is focused on land and what is planned or built on that land. He is primarily a litigator, but he is always exploring cost-effective and practical solutions to problems before and during litigation to best serve his clients’ interests. Matt litigates in both state and federal courts, and he assists clients in trial court and on appeal. His representative experience is diverse, as real estate and construction disputes frequently tackle multiple, complex issues and claims.  

Construction Litigation

Matt has substantial experience in construction litigation, including securing favorable outcomes in matters involving significant alternative energy projects, lien and contract disputes, construction defects and fraud, payment disputes, and other complex issues. He has helped owners, contractors, design engineers, public entities and other stakeholders resolve their disputes to keep their construction projects on track. 

Eminent Domain

When property owners face the prospect of losing all or a portion of their property via eminent domain, Matt represents the owners’ interests and advises them on their rights. He works with corporate and private property owners to secure just compensation for property loss. 

Land Use Litigation

Matt has represented renewable energy companies, municipalities, developers, real estate investors, homeowners’ associations, and other real estate stakeholders in land use litigation. From securing necessary permits and approvals to resolving land use disputes, clients rely on Matt to advance their interests in administrative and judicial proceedings. 

Real Estate Litigation

Matt represents clients in real estate disputes, with a particular emphasis on resolving lease disputes for retail clients and large property developers or managers. He also represents both buyers and sellers in disputes resulting from real estate transactions.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, Indiana Law Review (note editor) (2013)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. in Political Science and Psychology, with high distinction (2009)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Emerging Trends in Construction Law
    Indiana Roofing Contractors Association, May 2017
  • The Worst That Has Happened:  What Courts Have Decided When Projects Have Gone Wrong
    Faegre Baker Daniels Construction Law Seminar Series 2013: Plan for the Best and Prepare for the Worst – Avoiding Legal Snags on Construction Projects, Indianapolis, October 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2013-18
  • Volunteer attorney for the American Bar Association's Veterans' Claims Assistance Network

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association – Former Member of the Executive Committee for Business Law Section
  • BOMA Indiana

Civic Activities

  • Headwaters Counseling — Former Board of Directors


  • Best Lawyers® — "Ones to Watch," Real Estate Law, 2023-24
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Construction Litigation, 2017-2023
  • Phi Beta Kappa
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