Michelle Garcia Schulman is a transactional commercial real estate attorney with a focus on real estate financings, dispositions, acquisitions and leasing of commercial property including office, industrial, retail and raw land. Michelle has represented borrowers in billions of dollars of real estate financings. She has represented both institutional and individual landlords and tenants involved in major lease transactions and corporate headquarters projects.
Michelle also has extensive experience in assisting companies with all aspects of data center development, including, but not limited to, the planning, acquisition, financing, construction, and leasing of data centers, both domestically and internationally. Such experience and expertise is invaluable to companies in the niche specialty real estate class of data center development.
Additionally, she has experience in the hospitality area, having represented clients in large and complex acquisitions, dispositions and financings of hotel and resort properties, including the negotiation of the related management agreements.
Before joining Cooley, Michelle was an associate at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, LLP, where she represented national and international construction companies and government contractors in connection with complex commercial litigation and the negotiation of complex construction contracts, as well as developers, office building and retail shopping center tenants and landlords in commercial real estate transactions.
George Washington University Law School
James Madison University
Admissions & credentials
Rankings & accolades
Chambers USA: Real Estate – Virginia: Northern (2023)
Virginia Super Lawyers: Real Estate Law
Legal 500: Real Estate
Memberships & affiliations
American Bar Association
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
CREW Northern Virginia
Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
Hispanic National Bar Association
Commercial Real Estate Brokerage Association of Greater Washington, DC (CREBA)