The Distinguished Pioneer in Aging Award recognizes those individuals who have been working continuously in the field of aging making contributions at the federal, state, and local level for 30 years or more. Past recipients of the Distinguished Pioneer Award include Stephen Bender of the Veterans Administration (2007), Catherine Benavidez Clayton of the Hispanic Nurses Association (2008), Sheldon Steinhauser of Metropolitan State College of Denver (2009), Jeff Jerebker of Pinon Management (2010), Mark Grimm of Senior Care of Colorado (2011), Arlene Miles of Colorado Health Care Association (2013), and Sara Honn Qualls, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.
M Kent Olsen is a partner in Olsen Traeger & Ursery, LLP which opened in 2001. Mr. Olsen specializes in estate planning; estate and trust administration and litigation; guardianships and conservatorships; and advance medical directives for individuals with disabilities and elders. He graduated with a JD from the University of Denver in 1975 and History Major from Colorado State University in 1970.
Mr. Olsen has practiced law since 1975. He was an associate with Johnson & McLachlan from 1975-80; Buchanan, Thomas & Johnson from 1980-82; and William Myrick, PC from 1982-83. From 1983-1989, he was a Referee/Magistrate for the Denver Probate Court. From 1989-1995 he was a partner in Haines & Olsen. He was a sole practitioner from 1995 to 2001. He also served in the Sixteen Judicial District Attorneys Office as a Deputy District Attorney from 1977-78.
Mr. Olsen is a member of the American Bar Association. He has held numerous leadership positions in the Colorado Bar Association of which he has been a member since getting out of law school in 1975. He is also a member of the Denver Bar Association.
His pro bona activities include serving as faculty in the Denver Probate Pro Se Clinic providing educational programs and practical tips to personal representatives.
In recognition for his personal and professional dedication to the aging community, the Colorado Gerontological Society is pleased to present the Distinguished Pioneer Award to M Kent Olsen.