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Kasey L. Olivier

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Kasey L. Olivier
Personal details
Born (1986-11-09) November 9, 1986 (age 33)
Jackson, Minnesota
Political partyDemocrat
Spouse(s)Ryan Olivier
ResidenceSioux Falls, South Dakota
Alma materUniversity of South Dakota School of Law

Kasey L. Olivier (born November 9, 1986) is an American lawyer. In 2012, Kasey was a honor graduate of University of South Dakota School of Law. Raised in Jackson, Minnesota, Kasey received her undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication, Public Relations, and Speech Communication, from Mankato State University. She later moved to South Dakota to pursue her law degree. She was a published student author, editor, and a member of the South Dakota Law review. She clerked for the Second Judicial Circuit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota after completed law school.

In 2013, Kasey joined Johnson, Heidepriem law firm. In 2015, Kasey helped found Heidepriem, Purtell and Siegel, LLP.[1], where she became partner in March 2015[2]. Kasey was listed top 40 under 40 in the area of litigation as a trial lawyer by National Trial Lawyers Association[3] and named a rising star by Super Lawyers in 2017[4].

Early life[edit]

Kasey was born in Minnesota and lived on a farm until her father was killed in a tragic farming accident. She was seven years old. Things drastically changed in Kasey's life. Her mother remarried and soon after, Kasey was in need of foster care on grounds of neglect and abuse. From there, she bounced from home-to-home until she was seventeen years old. In her senior year of high school, she started to look for alternative options. In December of 2004, Kasey filed paperwork to become legally emancipated from foster care[5]. During her last year of high school, Kasey struggled to maintain her school life, while also working four jobs totaling to nearly 70 hours a week[6].

College years[edit]

Kasey attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD during her freshman year of college. After successfully completing that first year, Kasey submitted an application for an internship program in Washington D.C. for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which is a program that works to reform and improve the foster care system nationwide. She was selected to work as an intern under Senator Tim Johnson. This was what sparked her interest in law. After completing her internship in the Summer of 2005, she met her then-boyfriend, Ryan Olivier. He and his family became mentors in her life. They helped her make the decision of returning to Minnesota to finish her undergraduate degree because her in-state tuition would be much less expensive. She enrolled at Mankato State University but her new goal was attending law school.

After graduation, Kasey applied to law school at the University of South Dakota and was denied, at first. However, USD did allow Kasey to enter into an alternative summer program that allowed the top 10 students to be admitted into the incoming freshman class. Not only did Kasey make it through that summer program, she graduated law school with honors.


After graduating from law school, Kasey worked side-by-side with judges in Minnehaha and Lincoln County in Sioux Falls, SD as the Second Circuit law clerk. After completing her clerkship, she joined the Johnson Heidepriem law firm in the Summer of 2013. She helped found the law firm Heidepriem, Purtell, and Siegal, where she became a partner after just three months. Kasey practices civil litigation and is an active trial lawyer. Her primary practice is injury law.

Personal life[edit]

Kasey married Ryan Olivier in August 2013. Her passion is helping kids in foster care[7]

Political career[edit]

Kasey is currently a Democrat candidate for South Dakota State Senator race with elections being held on November 8th, 2018 against Republican Senator Blake Curd.


  1. "HPS Law Firm".
  2. "Equity partner at HPS law firm".
  3. "National Trial Lawyers".
  4. "Super Lawyer".
  5. "Argus Leader article".
  6. "SIoux Falls Woman magazine".
  7. "Argus leader Q&A".

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