Ann Morales Olazábal

Ann Morales Olazábal

Vice Dean, Undergraduate Business Education, and Chair and Professor, Business Law

Research Interests

Federal securities laws; corporate scienter; corporate governance; and general business regulation, including that of licensed professionals

Featured Publications

  • 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).

    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 Law Review 1 (2000).

Teaching and Professional Experience

  • Vice Dean for Undergraduate Business Education, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 2011 - Present
  • Full Time Faculty (tenure track 2000, tenure 2006, full 2011), University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1997 - Present
  • VP. and General Counsel, EXKO Services Inc., 1995 – 1997
  • Attorney at Law, Phoenix, Arizona, 1987 – 1995


  • Legal and regulatory environment of business
  • Securities and commercial law
  • Ethical business decision making
  • International sales transactions


  • J.D., Emphasis in International Law, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1987
  • MBA, Specialization in International Business, University of Miami School of Business Administration, 1997
  • B.A., International Affairs; Economics, Texas Christian University, 1984

Honors and Awards

  • Provost’s LeadershipU Academy, planning committee and inaugural class, 2014 - 2015
  • Provost’s Research Award, fka MacLamore Summer Award, recipient, 2010 – 2011
  • James W. MacLamore Summer Research Award, recipient, Summers 2004, 2005
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2004 Distinguished Junior Faculty Award, 2004

Signature Courses

  • BSL691 - The Public Corporation: Legal Perspectives
  • BSL692 - Legal Implications of International Business Transactions
  • BUS255 - Business & Society: Inquiry + Discourse
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