Shari Olefson Bio

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Your Five-Step Plan for Adapting and Prospering in the New Economy

(AMACOM; February 2013; $26.00 Hardcover),  


Shari Olefson, JD, LLM, is a Bar Certified Real Estate attorney and a Supreme Court Certified Mediator with degrees in finance and psychology. A lawyer who served on the front lines of the real estate bubble, the bailouts, and the Great Recession, she is also a trusted journalist, news commentator, and speaker-educator on foreclosures, mortgages, credit, investments, and other money matters. In her new book, FINANCIAL FRESH START (AMACOM; February 2013), Olefson demystifies the new rules and reforms enacted in the wake of the economic meltdown to help struggling Americans take full advantage of the opportunity to rebound from financial setbacks and improve their long-term prospects for prosperity and peace of mind.                              


“This is not my grandfather’s America,” Shari reflects, with fond memories from her childhood of the New York City fireman sitting at his desk every Saturday morning and writing out checks by hand to pay his bills. “The rules of the personal wealth and finance game have changed. Americans have different, never before imagined expectations and challenges in the new economy. In some ways that’s good and in some ways it’s bad.”


Since launching her legal career in 1989, Olefson, a member of the Florida, District of Columbia, and New York Bars, has focused on business and commercial real estate transactions, mediations, work outs, and foreclosures. In addition to her law practice, she has served as the CEO of a Fortune 300 joint venture in real estate law and title insurance.                                      


Not only recognized for her unique expertise in the law, real estate, and business, Olefson is also widely sought out for her ability to translate complex subjects into easily-understood and actionable solutions. She is frequently quoted in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and USA Today, and regularly appears as a guest expert on CNN, CNBC, Fox, PBS, MSNBC, and CBS, as well as national and regional radio programs. Along with writing numerous articles and professional reports, she has worked on in-house training programs for some of the nation’s leading lenders, brokers, and corporations. Her previous books include Foreclosure Nation: Mortgaging the American Dream (Prometheus, 2009).           


Born in New York and raised in New York and Florida, Shari Olefson is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Yeshiva University. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.