Michelle Gonzalez

Michelle Gonzalez

Senior Transactional Associate

Michelle has spent her budding career working in commercial real estate and residential real estate since entering the legal field in 2014. A bilingual native of South Florida, Michelle attended Florida International University in Miami, Florida where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. She proceeded to graduate Cum Laude in 2014 with a Juris Doctor from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. Michelle was an Articles Editor for the St. Thomas Law Review where she assisted in the oversight of legal publications. While on the Law Review, she was twice published, with the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law and the University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal.

After passing the Florida Bar, Michelle worked in commercial real estate and as a contract attorney before moving to North Carolina. Before joining Brownlee Whitlow & Praet, PLLC, she worked as a residential real estate paralegal specializing in REO closings for a firm in Raleigh, NC. During this time, she gained a wealth of knowledge in the field of North Carolina residential real estate law prior to passing the North Carolina State Bar exam. Michelle has also extensively worked in e-discovery preparation for litigation in South Florida and North Carolina since 2014.

Now licensed in Florida and North Carolina, Michelle has brought her unique background and experience to the team in September 2018. As the Senior Transactional Associate, Michelle’s practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, refinances, leasing, and related issues.

When not practicing law, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and their dog, as well as watching football, exercising, cooking, and searching for the best cup of coffee in the Triangle area.


  • St. Thomas University School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2014)
  • Florida International University, B.A. (2011)
  • Professional and Civic Associations
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Real Property Lawyers Association

Principal Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Real estate Purchase, Sale, & Refinance
  • Residential & Commercial Lease Preparation
  • Business Entity Formation, Sale & Governance
  • Secured/Private Lending

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar (2018)
  • 10th Judicial District Wake County Bar Association (2018)
  • Southern District of Florida (2015)
  • Florida Bar (2014)


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