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Michelle L. Barnett

Senior Counsel

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 881-5456
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Ms. Barnett is senior counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. As outside general counsel, Ms. Barnett counsels clients through each phase of the business life-cycle - from the development and organization of the business to the growth, expansion and sale of the business. In this role, Ms. Barnett advises and represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial and finance transactions, and general corporate and securities matters. A significant portion of her practice crosses over into a number of real estate practice areas, including complex acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Ms. Barnett also has substantial experience advising clients on the use and negotiation of state and local economic incentives to assist in the financing of new projects and expansions of existing projects. Her clients range from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held businesses and represent a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, business and professional services, and real estate investment, construction and development.
 
Ms. Barnett is a member of the Firm’s National Pro Bono Committee and regularly represents non-profit organizations in a variety of organizational, governance, and transactional matters.
Ms. Barnett is senior counsel in the Corporate and Real Estate Practice Groups of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. As outside general counsel, Ms. Barnett counsels clients through each phase of the business life-cycle - from the development and organization of the business to the growth, expansion and sale of the business. In this role, Ms. Barnett advises and represents clients in mergers and acquisitions, commercial and finance transactions, and general corporate and securities matters. A significant portion of her practice crosses over into a number of real estate practice areas, including complex acquisitions, dispositions and financings. Ms. Barnett also has substantial experience advising clients on the use and negotiation of state and local economic incentives to assist in the financing of new projects and expansions of existing projects. Her clients range from entrepreneurs and start-ups to large privately held businesses and represent a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, distribution, business and professional services, and real estate investment, construction and development.
 
Ms. Barnett is a member of the Firm’s National Pro Bono Committee and regularly represents non-profit organizations in a variety of organizational, governance, and transactional matters.

Education

  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University (2004)
    A.E. Bernsteen Award for Best Oralist, Dean Dunmore Moot Court Competition, 2004; Arthur E. Petersilge Award for Excellence in Wills, Trusts and Future Interests, 2003 

  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University (2001)

Admissions

  • Georgia

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (Member - Business Law and Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Sections)
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Vistage Worldwide, Inc.

Presentations

  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Due Diligence; Transfer of Personal Property and Contracts," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (March 22, 2017)
  • Presenter, "Anatomy of a Deal: Personal Property and Contracts," Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Atlanta, GA (June 2, 2016)

Publications