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Austin C. Smith

Austin Smith is a litigator who focuses on discharging student loans in bankruptcy. Mr. Smith's article, The Misinterpretation of 11 USC 523(a)(8), was foundational in articulating the proper scope and application of the student loan non-dischargeability provision of the Bankruptcy Code, and its arguments and reasoning have been adopted by bankruptcy courts all across the country. Mr. Smith's work on behalf of debtors has been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, ABC News, Fox News, People Magazine, Politico, GOOD Magazine, the National Law Journal, Law 360, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and more.

Mr. Smith received his J.D. with honors from the University of Maine School of Law in 2014, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Prior to his career in law, Mr. Smith was a writer for The Onion. He is also the author of a satirical novel, The Memoirs of George Sperryhawke, available on Amazon, Audibile, and iTunes.


James T. Olsen

James Olsen is a Minnesota attorney. In addition to student debt litigation, his practice has included business, arts and entertainment, and estate planning. He partners with clients to problem solve strategically. As an advocate and trusted advisor, he is personally invested in his clients’ ongoing success and long-term reputations.

Mr. Olsen received his J.D. from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2010, and he is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and the United States District Court District of Minnesota.

Prior to his career in law, Mr. Olsen led a team of electrical engineers manufacturing MRI scanners for Siemens in Oxford, UK.