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Michael Winters is a founding partner at Ellis & Winters and has over four decades of experience in commercial transactional work.

Mike operates a broad practice that involves complex commercial and residential real estate development matters, including land acquisition, leasing, development financing, and land use planning. He has significant experience representing clients with a range of commercial development products, including office parks, mixed-use commercial developments, apartment projects and shopping centers. In real estate finance, he has represented local and national banking institutions in the development and construction financing contexts, as well as permanent lenders on a variety of commercial projects.

Over the years, Mike has developed a strong local knowledge of North Carolina’s Research Triangle region. He understands who to engage in order to achieve the results his clients are seeking. This insider knowledge separates Ellis & Winters from the competition.

The attorneys at Ellis & Winters cross-collaborate to deliver full-service representation. This structure allows Mike to better support his clients with high-level concerns throughout the representation process. Since the firm has more partners than associates, clients work with attorneys with high-level capabilities who have “been there before.” This strong experience base ensures that experienced attorneys like Mike are empowered to work collaboratively without sacrificing efficiency.

Mike has been a pillar of the community for most of his career. He has served three terms on the Board of Directors of the Cary Chamber of Commerce as Chairman. He was also awarded Citizen of the Year in 2009 by the Cary Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mike served on the Development Committee of the North Carolina Triangle affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and was honored in the News & Observer as “Tar Heel of the Week” for his work in fighting breast cancer. He also served on the Board of Directors of Shepherds Theological Seminary.

In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing with friends, listening to music, and spending time with his grandchildren at sporting events.


Legal Assistant

Tlynthia Crews

Direct: 919-865-7034

E-mail: tlynthia.crews@elliswinters.com

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1978
  • B.S., University of North Carolina, 1975
    • Honors: Morehead Scholar, Beta Gamma Sigma

Court Admissions

  • North Carolina

Memberships and Associations

  • Cary Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Chairman (Three Terms)
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation, North Carolina Triangle Development Committee 
  • Shepherds Theological Seminary, Board of Directors 

Updates

May 23, 2019 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2019
Aug 15, 2018 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 3, 2018 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2018
Jan 30, 2018 Twenty-Two Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 3, 2018 Seven Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Legal Elite
Aug 15, 2017 Charles Anderson, Leslie Packer, and Michael Winters named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®
Jan 20, 2017 Twenty-Three Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 2, 2017 Eight Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2017 Legal Elite & Hall of Fame
May 31, 2016 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA
Jan 25, 2016 Twenty Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Aug 21, 2015 Five Ellis & Winters Partners Named Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in America 2016
Aug 17, 2015 Twelve Ellis & Winters Partners Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 19, 2015 Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA 2015
Jan 21, 2015 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 9, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2015 Legal Elite
Aug 18, 2014 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
Jul 2, 2014 Mike Winters Named to Cary Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
May 23, 2014 For the Tenth Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA
Feb 4, 2014 Mike Winters Selected for North Carolina Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award
Jan 21, 2014 Seventeen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 8, 2014 Eleven Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2014 Legal Elite
Sep 10, 2013 Mike Winters to Receive North Carolina “Leaders in the Law” Award
Aug 15, 2013 12 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 24, 2013 For the Ninth Straight Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Marks from Chambers USA
Jan 31, 2013 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jul 18, 2012 Ellis & Winters consistently continues to receive high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Jan 24, 2012 Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2012 Legal Elite
Jun 21, 2011 Once again, Ellis & Winters receives high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Mar 10, 2011 Ten Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2011 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Jan 21, 2011 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Oct 28, 2010 Mike Winters named Raleigh Best Lawyers Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for 2011
Jun 15, 2010 Ellis & Winters attorneys and practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2010
Jan 5, 2010 Six Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2010 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Sep 17, 2009 Mike Winters named Cary Chamber Citizen of the Year
Jun 17, 2009 Eight Ellis & Winters attorneys, three practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2009
Feb 4, 2009 Eleven Ellis & Winters attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Jan 6, 2009 Business North Carolina magazine names Ellis & Winters attorneys as “Legal Elite” for 2009
Jun 13, 2008 Ellis & Winters attorneys recognized by Chambers USA Report
Oct 18, 2007 E&W attorneys named to leadership roles in area chambers of commerce
Sep 7, 2007 Ellis & Winters attorneys make The Best Lawyers in America 2008

Experience

  • Assisted a multi-family developer with the acquisition of numerous sites, leasing, negotiation and closing of development loans, and negotiation of various development documents including joint venture agreements, construction contracts, and developer agreements.
  • Assisted a large landowner with sale of sites as part of an economic development project to bring jobs and investment capital to the region.
  • Represented a university in the sale of a mixed-use center for a redevelopment project that included multi-family, retail and hotel uses.
  • Assisted an office developer in the acquisition and leasing of various real estate locations for the development of office buildings (constructed on both private sites and on university campuses).

Awards/Recognitions

  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, Real Estate (2007—2014)
    • Business (2015)
    • “Hall of Fame” for Real Estate Law (2014—2020)
  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law” Award Recipient (2013)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Leader in the Field” for Real Estate (2009—2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law (2011—2020)
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law (2011, 2016, 2018)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Real Estate Law (2006—2020)
  • North Carolina Bar Association “Citizen Lawyer” Award 2014
  • Citizen of the Year, Cary Chamber of Commerce (2009)
  • Peer review rating of AV in Martindale-Hubbell®