. . . applying legal skills and analytic abilities in support of business objectives.
More Than 25 Years Experience . . .
Michael C. Barnas, Esq.
J.D., 1978, Fordham University School Of Law, New York, New York
B.A., 1974, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
(English and Comparative Literature)
Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Brooklyn, New York
Licenses and Affiliations
Licensed Attorney and Counsellor at Law, State of New York
Member, New York State Bar Association
Business Law Section
2016 – present The Michael Barnas Law Firm, PLLC
Albany, New York
2013 – 2016 Couch White, L.L.P.
Albany, New York
1981 – 2012 General Electric Company
Schenectady, New York
2003 - 2012 Senior Counsel – Renewables
General Counsel - GE Wind Energy
1999 - 2003 Counsel - Commercial Operations
1989 - 1999 Counsel - Africa, India, Middle East
Counsel - Transactions
Counsel - International Power Generation Sales
1988 - 1989 Attorney, Apparatus Service Business Department
North Bergen, New Jersey and Paramus, New Jersey
1981 - 1988 Manager - Employee Relations
Specialist - Employee Relations
1978 - 1981 General Felt Industries, Inc.
Saddle Brook, New Jersey
Assistant to the Vice President - Industrial Relations
Contributor, “Recent Developments in Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Industries,” Section of Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law, American Bar Association (2010 - 2015)
"The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in the Wind: Wind Power -- the Renewable Energy,” Proceedings of the Annual Institute of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Vol. 50 (2004)
Speaker, “U.S. v. UNIDROIT v. CISG Contracts" and “Drafting Best Practices to Ensure Enforceability.” segments of “Drafting and Negotiating Business Contracts,” a National Business Institute Seminar; Albany, New York, October 2015
Panelist, “From Idea to Innovative Partnership — How to Prepare for Successful Results and Establish the Right Model,” Annual Meeting of the Licensing Executives Society; San Diego, California, October 2011
“Renewable Portfolio Standards”, a segment of “State Incentives For Renewable Energy,” a EUCI, Inc. webinar; July 2010
“Prosperous Projects: From Negotiation to Completion Without Disputes”, a segment of “Minimising Contractual Risks in Construction Projects,” a Marcus Evans Seminar; London, England, March 2008
Panelist, Tech Valley Energy Forum, New Energy New York; Albany, New York, March 2007
“Building Win/Win Wind (Or, What Goes Around, Comes Around),” Canadian Wind Energy Association; Toronto, Ontario, October 2005
“The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in the Wind: Wind Power -- the Renewable Energy,” Annual Institute of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation; Aspen, Colorado, June 2004
2014 - Present Member, Steering Committee, Tech Valley Global Business Network,
Colonie, New York
2012 - Present Director, Musicians of Ma'alwyck, Inc., Schenectady, New York
Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, (2013 – Present)
2005 - 2013 Trustee, Congregation Beth Emeth, Albany, New York
President, Men of Reform Judaism, Beth Emeth Chapter (2005 - 2013)
Chair, Cemetery Committee (2007 – 2013)
2000 - Present Fort Orange Club, Albany, New York
Mike atop a wind turbine,
85 meters above The Netherlands.