Each client faces unique challenges. One-size-fits-all approaches will never bring the best result. Olsen & Parsons is committed to taking the time to listen to you and to understanding your situation to be able to provide you with information to make the best possible choices about how to process and manage your situation.
A life-long Iowan, Terry Parsons attended the University of Iowa. She was awarded a B.A. with Honors in History. Through the joint program she received her M.A. in history concurrent with being awarded her Juris Doctorate from the College of Law with High Distinction. In 1981 she and Allan Olsen formed Olsen & Parsons Law Firm.
Professional accomplishments include publication of Iowa Legal Forms: Family Law;Practical Mediation; and Practical Mediation: Aging Issues. Signal appellate cases include In re Marriage of Byall, 353 N.W.2d 103 (Iowa App. 1984) which expanded the obligation for post-secondary support to both parents, not just the non-custodial parent. Gaede v Stansberry, 779 N.W. 747 (Iowa 2010) that requires buyers of real estate must give their sellers the chance to defend title before the may expend attorney fees on defense and ask for reimbursement as damages. and not mount their own defense and request attorney fees as damages. She has presented at continuing education programs for attorneys for the Iowa State Bar Association, Black Hawk County Bar Association, Bremer County Bar Association, and National Business Institute. She has also been an instructor in family law at UNI.
Terry received her first mediation training in 1987 and served three years as the President of the Iowa Association of Mediators. She is a First District Roster Mediator and has designed and presented mediation trainings for aging issues mediators. Since her training in Collaborative Law in April of 2016 she has also been active in processing collaborate family law cases. A current project is membership on a committee promoting use of Limited Scope Representation throughout the State of Iowa.
INDIVIDUALS, AGENCIES AND BUSINESSES WITH CIVIL PLANNING AND LITIGATION CONCERNS
Clients range from private individuals from all walks of life to businesses, including nonprofits. Always interested in implementing technology into the legal practice, Terry uses cloud technology for secure and convenient exchange of information with clients. Her commitment to finding better ways to service clients has lead her to become trained in multiple models of mediation and in collaborative law to expand client options beyond traditional legal services.
Community Service has ranged from chairing the boards of the local CAP agency, Operation Threshold, to chairing the Board of Directors of the Cedar Falls Chamber of Commerce and serving as president of the Iowa Association of Mediators. Terry currently serves on the Iowa Supreme Court Task Force Steering Committee studying Family Law Case Processing and is a former member of the 1st Judicial District Nominating Committee, and the Iowa Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice Commission. She served as the chair of the Black Hawk County Good Citizenship Award committee for over a decade helping recognize regional high school students who demonstrated good citizenship and an understanding of the constitutional form of government.