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Heather M. Olson





Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 2005

Hamilton College, B.A. 2002

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan 

Ms. Olson has extensive experience representing lenders, special servicers and receivers in commercial real estate loan workouts, foreclosures, receiverships, and real estate (REO) sales throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

She handles all stages of multimillion-dollar commercial loan workout and foreclosure matters for special servicers, lenders and receivers.  Ms. Olson’s practice includes both litigation and transactional matters, including, judicial and non-judicial foreclosures, receiver appointments and sales, forbearance, deed-in-lieu, deed-in-escrow, note sale and loan modification agreements and other related issues.  Her work experience includes all property types, including office, retail, shopping malls, industrial, multi-family, mobile home parks and hospitality. 

Ms. Olson’s practice also includes pursuing guarantors based on carve-out violations of non-recourse guarantees and fraudulent transfers.

Ms. Olson also represents receivers of commercial real estate in court-appointed receiverships over commercial real estate and personal property.  



Wayne State University Law School, J.D., Student Trial Advocacy Program, 2004-2005 Trial Competition winner

Hamilton College, B.A., Alexander Hamilton Honors Writing Society

Michigan Super Lawyers, Real Estate Rising Star, 2016

Michigan Super Lawyers, Business Litigation Rising Star, 2012

Professional Activities

American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Fellow

Federal Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section, Commercial Real Estate Development, Ownership & Finance Committee

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow

CREW – Commercial Real Estate Women, Detroit Chapter Co-Chair, CREW Careers Committee, UCREW Committee and CREW Outreach Committee

Commercial Real Estate Finance Council Women’s Network, Professional Development Committee

Commercial Real Estate Financial Council

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Tau Beta Association


"Women @ Work: Developing Detroit," Hosted by the Mike Ilitch School of Business Institute for Leadership and Diversity and CREW Detroit – Legal Issues in Commercial Real Estate Roundtable Speaker, October 26, 2016

"2016 Trigild Spring Lender Conference: Legal Lightning Round” Panelist, April 2016

“Non-recourse carve-outs: Cherryland and Beyond,” (CLE Presentation), February 2016

“Negotiating Tenant Estoppel Letters” Failing to Prepare is Preparing to Fail: Due Diligence in Real Estate Deals (State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section), January 2016

"2015 Trigild Fall Lender Conference: Special Servicer Update” Panelist, October 2015

“How to Maximize Recovery,” Presentation and Training Session on Calculating Your Debt (What Can You Include) in Commercial Workouts and Foreclosures in Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana (CLE presentation), May 21, 2015

“Seven Principles of a Commercial Real Estate Workout,” Presentation and Training Session on Commercial Workouts and Foreclosures (CLE presentation), October 9, 2014

“Real Estate Basics for the Entrepreneur: Leasing and Buying Commercial Real Estate,” May 2014


LexisNexis Practice Guide: Michigan Real Estate Litigation, co-authored "Foreclosure of Mortgages and Land Contracts; Receiverships," July 2016

“Defending a Multi-Member Municipal Policy-Making Board Against Claims Under Section 1983,” Michigan Defense Quarterly, October 2009

“Time to Confirm Arbitration Award As Judgment Clarified,” Associated General Contractors of Michigan Legal Brief, Vol. V, Issue 1-2009