For 20 years, Michelle Brown has represented public and private equity companies and real estate developers in real estate transactions. Her practice focuses on real estate finance and acquisitions and dispositions of office and retail buildings, multifamily projects, hotels, restaurants, and grocery stores located throughout the United States. Michelle frequently represents Firm clients in the real estate aspects of M&A transactions, project development, and finance transactions for energy industry participants, particularly in oil and gas and energy-related infrastructure. She also has significant experience in multistate portfolio transactions, distressed asset transactions, and loan assumptions.
Representative transactions include 80 construction and term loan financings in excess of $3.2 billion dollars for a multifamily developer over the last several years; the disposition by Chevron of its refining, distribution, and retail assets in Hawaii; the real estate aspects for the RadioShack bankruptcy and related dispositions; the acquisition of 3.2 million square feet of office space in Chicago by Behringer Harvard Funds; Morgan Stanley's $1.5 billion buyout of Town & Country Trust; and the acquisition and financing of multiple hotel portfolios. Michelle also has represented Alon USA Energy, Chevron, J. C. Penney, J.F. Lehman, Marathon Petroleum, Mill Creek Residential Trust, and Morgan Stanley.
Michelle is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the Dallas Bar Association, The Real Estate Council, Commercial Real Estate Women, and the Women's Leadership Council of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. In 2005, she was selected as a "Texas Rising Star Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics and Texas Monthly.
- Southern Methodist University (J.D. cum laude 1997; Order of the Coif; Hatton W. Sumners Scholar; Citation Editor, The International Lawyer); Missouri Southern State College, Joplin (B.S. 1994)