Ann Olazabal

Ann M. Olazábal

Interim Dean, Miami Herbert Business School


Ann Olazábal became interim dean of the University of Miami Patti and Allan Herbert Business School in January 2023. Olazábal has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and won numerous teaching and leadership awards since becoming a member of the faculty at the University of Miami in 1997.

Prior to her career in academia, Olazábal worked successfully as an attorney in private practice in Arizona and later as Vice President and General Counsel of an international exporting firm in Miami. Since joining the University, she has earned the respect of her colleagues and students; and for more than a decade, she has served in leadership positions, including Vice Dean of Undergraduate Business Education from 2011 to 2021 and Chair of the Business Law Department from 2017 to 2021. While Vice Dean for Undergraduate Business Education she was responsible for innovation in the curriculum and academic advising services, growth of career advancement initiatives, and enhancement of the student experience.

As Vice Dean of Lifelong Learning and Executive Education—her most recent role at Miami Herbert prior to being named interim dean—she led the School’s efforts to build on its success in customized executive education and to expand online and non-degree offerings to reach new adult learners.

Olazábal teaches courses on business law and ethics, including the legal implications of international business transactions and the intersection of business and society. Her areas of research and scholarship include regulation of business and professionals, focusing on disclosures to consumers and markets. She is also a former editor-in-chief of the American Business Law Journal.

Olazábal is a 1997 MBA alumna of Miami Herbert Business School and earned her JD from Notre Dame Law School.


  • Recklessness as a State of Mind in 10b Cases: The Civil-Criminal Dialectic, with P. Abril. 18 NYU Journal of Legislation And Public Policy 305 (2015).

  • Frequent Flyer Programs: Empirically Assessing Consumers’ Reasonable Expectations, with H. Marmorstein and D. Sarel. 51 American Business Law Journal 175 (2014).

  • Behavioral Science and Scienter in Class Action Securities Fraud Litigation, 44 Loyola University Chicago Law Journal 1423 (2013) (invited).

  • Global Sales Law: Analysis of Precedents Under the Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 2004-2011, with R. Emerson, R. Sacasas, and K. Turner, 67 The Business Lawyer 1351 (2012).

  • False Forward-Looking Statements and the PSLRA’s Safe Harbor, 86 Indiana Law Journal 596 (2011), reprinted in Securities Law Review, D. Langevoort, ed. (2012).

  • Defining Recklessness: A Doctrinal Approach to Deterrence of Open Market Securities Fraud. 2010 Wisconsin Law Review 1415 (2011).

  • Structured Products for the Retail Market: Regulatory Implications of Investor Innumeracy and Consumer Information Processing, with H. Marmorstein. 52 Arizona Law Review 623 (2010).

  • Celebrity CEOs: Disclosure at the Intersection of Privacy and Securities Law, with P. Abril. 46 Houston Law Review 1545 (2010).

  • The Ubiquity of Greed: A Contextual Model for Analysis of Scienter, with P. Abril. 60 Florida Law Review 401 (2008).

  • The Locus of Corporate Scienter, with P. Abril. 2006 Columbia Business Law Review 81 (2006), reprinted in 56 Defense Law Journal 463 (2007).

  • Auditor Independence Post-Sarbanes Oxley: The Case for Increased Self-Regulation, with L. Christiansen. 13 Journal of Legal Studies in Business 69 (2007).

  • Loss Causation in Fraud on the Market Cases Post-Dura Pharmaceuticals, 3 Berkeley Business Law Journal 337 (2006).

  • Law as Haiku, 22 Journal of Legal Studies Education 123 (Winter/Spring 2005).

  • Analyst and Broker-Dealer Liability Under 10(b) for Biased Stock Recommendations, 1 NYU Journal of Law And Business 1 (2004).

  • Formal and Operative Rules in Overliquidation Per Se Cases, 41 American Business Law Journal 503 (2004).

  • Consumer Bankruptcy Reform and 11 U.S.C. §707(b): A Case-Based Analysis, with A. Foti. 12 Boston University Public Interest Law Journal 317 (2003).

  • Redefining Realtor Relationships and Responsibilities: The Failure of State Regulatory Responses, 40 Harvard Journal On Legislation 65 (2003).

  • Real Estate Agent as “Superbroker”: Defining and Bridging the Gap Between Residential Realtors’ Abilities and Liabilities in the New Millennium, with R. Sacasas. 30 Real Estate Law Journal 173 (Winter 2001/2002).

  • The Search for Middle Ground: Towards a Harmonized Interpretation of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act's New Pleading Standards, 6 Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance 153 (2001).

  • Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: What’s Safe & What’s Not? 105 Dickinson (Penn State) Law Review 1 (2000).