Attorneys

Mark Olson President

Mark Olson has practiced law in the area of creditor rights since founding Olson Shaner (then Olson Associates) in 1993, earning a reputation for zealous representation and obtaining high recovery rates. He has helped shaped debt collection in Utah through several landmark cases and through lobbying to change laws and rules unfair to creditors. Outside the office Mark loves spending time with his wife and three children, whether it be traveling, running together or at home.

Education
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah (1986) Juris Doctor
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, Provo, Utah (1985) Bachelor of Arts, International Relations
Activities & Associations
  • Member of the Litigation, Collection and Solo Small Firm sections of the Utah Bar Association
  • Presenter, Collection Section of the Utah State Bar
  • Member ACA International
  • Former Chairman, Collection Section of the Utah State Bar
  • Former State Chair, Member Attorney Program of the American Collection Association
  • Former member, Utah State Bar Governmental Relations Committee

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah State and Federal Courts (1989)
  • Idaho State Courts (2005)
  • Washington (1993 inactive)

Chip Shaner Managing Partner

Chip Shaner joined Olson Associates in April of 2004, and was made partner in August of 2007. Chip's practice has been largely in the collection of consumer and commercial debts. In addition to his work, Chip enjoys spending time with his family and coaching soccer.

Education
  • Washburn University School Of Law Topeka, KS (2003) Juris Doctor with Dean's Honors; Washburn Law Journal Member and Articles Editor
  • Pittsburg State University Pittsburg, KS (1997) Bachelor of Science in Education, Elementary Education
Activities & Associations
  • Member of Utah State Bar
  • Member of ACA International (2004 - Present)
  • Treasurer, Co-Chair, and Chair for the Collection Section of the Utah State Bar (2006-2009)
  • Judge Pro Tempore for Salt Lake City Justice Court and Sunset Municipal Court (Appointed 2009)
  • Member of the Salt Lake County and Davis County Bar Associations
  • Member of the Litigation, Collection, and Solo Small Firm sections of the Utah Bar Association
  • Mock Trial Judge, Utah (2007, 2008, 2010 - 2014)
  • Constitution Day Presenter (2012)
  • American Bar Association Advisory Panelist (2012)

Admitted to Practice

  • Utah State and Federal Courts (2004)
  • Colorado (2009)
  • Kansas (2003 Inactive)

B. Joseph Beecroft Associate Attorney

B. Joseph Beecroft joined Olson Associates in July of 2005. Joseph's practice has focused largely in the collection of consumer and commercial debts involving all aspects of litigation. He also has experience in the drafting/revision of contracts and corporate documents. In addition to his work, Joseph enjoys running, camping and spending time with his family. He is fluent in Spanish and enjoys using this language when presented with opportunities.

Education
  • University Of San Diego School Of Law San Diego, CA (2004)Juris Doctorate, emphasis on Corporate Law; President of Student Chapter, J. Reuben Clark Law Society; President, LDS Student Law Association
  • Brigham Young University Provo, UT (1999)Bachelor of Arts, Spanish; Minor in Business Management
Activities & Associations
  • Member Utah State Bar
  • Member of the Salt Lake County Bar Association
  • Member of the Litigation, Collection, and Solo Small Firm sections of the Utah Bar Association
  • Member of the Litigation and Collection sections of the Idaho State Bar
  • Member ACA International (2013 - Present)
Admitted to Practice
  • Utah State and Federal Courts (2005)
  • Idaho (2012)
  • California (2004 Inactive)

Kelsey Mirelez Associate Attorney

Kelsey Mirelez joined Olson Shaner in 2010 to lead the Colorado office. She has resided in Colorado since 2004, where she enjoys the mountains, skiing and camping. Ms. Mirelez's practice areas consist of Construction Law, Family Law, Trust and Estate Planning, Wills, and Criminal Law, but her primary focus is upon Collections and Litigation.

Education
  • University Of Denver, Sturm College Of Law Denver, CO (2008)Juris Doctor; Academic Law Scholarship, VP of the Christian Legal Society
  • Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX (2004)Bachelor of Science in Economics, Minor in Political Science
Activities & Associations
  • Member Colorado State Bar
  • Member of the Denver and Colorado Bar Associations
  • Active participant with the Denver MAMAs (Mother Attorney Mentor Association)
Admitted to Practice
  • Colorado (2009)