James E. Olsen


Bar and Court Admissions:

  • The Florida Bar
  • All Florida State Courts
  • Federal District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Cir.
  • United States Supreme Court


  • University of Florida Holland Law Center (J.D., 1986)
  • University of Central Florida (B.A., Economics, 1984)

Professional Activities:

  • Member, Mid-Florida Chapter of Community Associations Institute
  • Member, Space Coast Condominium Association
  • Former member, Board of Directors, Orange County Homeowners’ Association


  • Board Certified in Condominium and Planned Development Law
  • Focuses practice on association law, including civil litigation, turnover and construction defect issues, contract disputes and covenant violations
  • Also experienced in civil litigation, appellate practice, bankruptcy (debtor and creditor), foreclosure (debtor and creditor), landlord and tenant, and family law
  • Speaks at many legal seminars in the areas of association law, landlord and tenant, and bankruptcy
  • Served for as an adjunct professor at Valencia Community College, where he taught business law
  • Former partner in the law firm of Olsen & Olsen and Wean & Malchow

Practice Areas:

  • Orlando, Florida native
  • Married to his wife, Kathy, since May of 1986, has three daughters, Emma (1992), Olivia (1994) and Grace (2001), and has two dogs, three cats, and five chickens
  • Earned private pilot’s license (2009)
  • Volunteers with Pilots & Paws to fly dogs from shelters and rescues to their new families or their new foster homes

Practice Areas:

  • Administrative & Governmental Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy; Debtors’ and Creditors’ Rights
  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate & Business Law
  • Mediation & Arbitration
  • Real Estate and Land Development
  • Condominium and Planned Development Law

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