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Mary Elizabeth Barnes

Senior Attorney




Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 1982

Michigan State University, B.A. 1976

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Michigan

Betsy Barnes has experience with all aspects of residential and commercial real estate transactions, primarily those for office medical space. 

In her practice, she negotiates and drafts organizational documents and condominium documents, as well as purchase, sale, options, and other transaction agreements and related documents. These include loan documents, commercial leases, easements, construction agreements, options, and right of first refusal agreements. 

Because many business clients do not realize how covenants and other provisions in loan documents can affect their continuing operations and organizational structure, Betsy believes an important part of her job is to educate her clients. She helps make them aware of these restrictions, and then skillfully negotiates with the lender so that the covenants can be tailored to suit the client's business plan from an organizational perspective.

Professional Activities

State Bar of Michigan, Corporate and Real Estate Law Sections

Oakland County Bar Association

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Special Olympics, Volunteer Certified Figure and Speed Skating Coach for Children with Disabilities