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P.O. Box 506 108 Armstrong Blvd. S
St. James MN 56081
(507) 375-3352

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Sunde Olson Kircher & Zender PLC

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Welcome to Sunde, Olson, Kircher & Zender – Attorneys at law.

Sunde, Olson, Kircher and Zender, P.L.C. is a full-service law firm with offices in St. James, Madelia, and Lake Crystal, Minnesota. The firm’s experienced attorneys help individuals, businesses, and government entities resolve their legal matters in a wide variety of areas, including civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, family law, and criminal defense. Attorneys Steve Sunde, Suzann Olson, Mike Kircher, Jan Zender, and Pamela Steinle have been repeatedly recognized locally, state-wide and nationally for their professional accomplishments.
The attorneys and staff are uniquely qualified to relate to the needs and values of area residents, because they do more than simply work in the communities they serve – they also live in the area, enroll their children in local schools, and are active in community service organizations. The firm’s proven record of excellence in the legal profession, combined with its strong commitment to the viability and success of rural Minnesota, has established Sunde, Olson, Kircher and Zender as one of the area’s top law firms. Contact Sunde, Olson, Kircher and Zender at 507-375-3352 to learn how the firm can assist you.

Steven R. Sunde

Steven R. Sunde’s excellent and ethical representation of clients over the past four decades has earned him the respect of his colleagues.  He has earned a pre-eminent rating from Martindale Hubbell AV, and is consistently recognized by the Super Lawyer rating service as an outstanding lawyer.  Since beginning his litigation career in St. James in 1974, he has secured million-dollar settlements and verdicts on behalf of his clients.  Steve’s certification as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1987, and by the Minnesota State Bar Association since 1988, evidences his enhanced level of skill and expertise in trial advocacy, as well as his integrity and dedication to the interests of his clients.  He has served as the Chairman of the Sixth District Ethics Committee, was a District Member of the Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission, is a Volunteer Attorney for Watonwan County Drug Court, and is a Member of the Southern Regional Legal Services Fund Raising Committee.

Steve continues to represent clients in civil suits.  He also serves local municipalities as a city attorney.  When not in the office, Steve enjoys playing golf and watching his grandchildren compete in volleyball, basketball and softball.

Practice Areas
Civil litigation
Municipal law
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Workers’ Compensation

Washington University, J.D., 1974
St. Olaf College, B.A., cum laude, 1970

1974, Minnesota
1980, United States District Court
1990, United States Claims Court

Watonwan County, Sixth District and Minnesota State Bar Associations, Minnesota Association of Justice, Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Chairman of the Sixth District Ethics Committee, American Arbitration Association Panel of Arbitrators and Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.

Estherville, Iowa, November 6, 1947

Author: “The Presumption of Validity of Mobile Homes as a Preferred Use,” 7 Urban Law Annual 296, 1974; “NEPA—The Purpose and Scope of the Duty to Discuss Alternatives,” 7 Urban Law Annual 390, 1974.

Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association and the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Law & Politics Super Lawyer.

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Suzann M. Olson

Suzann M. Olson has served thousands of estate planning clients throughout her career.  She graduated magna cum laude from law school in 1976, having served as the managing editor of the Valparaiso Law Review during a time when female lawyers were still a rarity.  She then moved to St. James and established herself as the local expert on will drafting, estate administration, and farm real estate issues.  Having been raised on a fourth-generation family farm only to marry fifth-generation farmer Richard Swanson, Suzann naturally focused her career on the needs of farmers.   She assisted farmers during the 1980s farm crisis by skillfully utilizing the Section 2032A Special Use Valuation election, advising farmers regarding the inflated real estate values of farms, and when necessary, conducting sealed bid real estate sales.

Suzann was the managing partner of the firm for thirty-five years, during which she established the Madelia and Lake Crystal branches of the firm.  She has served on numerous community boards, including LaSalle Bank, Augustana Lutheran Church, and the Sixth District Ethics Committee.  She was particularly dedicated to community health, as shown by her service as president of the St. James Hospital Board for nine years, member of the Watonwan County Hospital Foundation for thirty years, and establishment of seventeen other Hospital Foundations in the surrounding counties.  Suzann was the first attorney in Watonwan County to obtain an “A” rating by Martindale Hubbell, a status that she has held for 38 years.  Today, her clients benefit from almost four decades of estate planning and large estate tax experience.

Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Gift & Estate Taxation
Elder Law

Valparaiso University, J.D., 1976
Augsburg College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1973

1976, Minnesota
1980, United States District Court

Watonwan County, Sixth District and Minnesota State Bar Associations and former member of 6th District Ethics Board.

Zumbrota, Minnesota, February 27, 1951

108 Armstrong Boulevard S.
St. James, Minnesota 56081-1760
Telephone: 507-375-3352
Fax: 507-375-4483

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