Shelley Rossoff Olsen, Esq., joined JAMS in 2011 and is recognized as a specialist on dispute resolution in a wide variety of practice areas, mediating thousands of cases. She is an authority on medical malpractice, maritime, personal injury, and insurance disputes. Ms. Olsen is highly respected by both the defendant and plaintiff bars. She is known for her persistent and fair approach in achieving a resolution for all parties involved.
In addition to her active mediation practice, Ms. Olsen has been the Special Master of the New York City Asbestos Litigation, from 2013 to 2022. In her role as Special Master, she coordinated thousands of asbestos related cases for discovery and trial.
Ms. Olsen developed her extensive civil law background by representing both plaintiffs and defendants, through her work at three prominent New York City law firms where she tried complex medical malpractice, labor law, lead poisoning, premises liability, and personal injury cases. She was the Senior Court Mediator and Summary Jury Trial Judge in the Supreme Court, New York County Civil Division from 2005-2009 where she settled thousands of matters involving a wide range of issues. Before then, Ms. Olsen was a principal court attorney in the Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department for five years.
Settled numerous business disputes in the financial, entertainment, banking, and technology industries including:
Broker-dealer and stock and bond disputes
Valuation of assets
Court Attorney at First Department during evolution of ladder law cases resulting in the Blake decision
Labor Law sec. 240(1) and 241(6) cases
Settled thousands of Labor Law matters
Resolved hundreds of cases involving coverage issues including:
Assistant District Attorney, Nassau County, 1984-1987
J.D., New York Law School, 1981
B.S., New York University, 1977
“Shelley Rossoff Olsen is an amazing mediator. She is prepared, concerned, bright, articulate and gets the job done.”
“This was my first mediation with Shelley Olsen and I thought she was fantastic! She was fully prepared regarding the facts, issues and problem areas for both sides. I will definitely request her again and I will share my experience with my colleagues. Thanks to Shelley for the assistance in negotiating our matter.”
“Shelley has certainly figured me out by now, humor and well-honed analysis based upon the evidence and not brute strength are the way to win me over.”
“Probably the most contentious mediation I have participated in. Shelley was great and handled it perfectly, never losing her cool and keeping on target.”
“The mediation experience with Ms. Olsen was extraordinary. On several occasions I was ready to leave without a settlement. Ms. Olsen repeatedly urged me to stay and continue. I stayed. The case is settled. There would have been no settlement without Ms. Olsen.”
“In a word, mediator was excellent. Complex, serious wrongful death case handled deftly & without any needless browbeating.”
“Mediator Olsen was terrific, determined, patient, persistent, cool, pleasant and effective.”
“Ms. Rossoff Olsen is a wonderful mediator- knowledgeable, works hard and is effective and fair.”
“Shelley was fantastic. This was a very difficult mediation with many different moving parts. Shelley knew which buttons to push, who to pressure when and how to ultimately achieve settlement with difficult parties involved. Excellent job!”
New York, New York
NY Times Building, 620 8th Ave, 34th Floor, New York, NY 10018
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