Michelle Austin Pamies is a member of Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell, LLC. Her practice primarily involves representing municipalities and businesses, handling their transactional and litigation needs, as well as providing legal advice and counsel. Michelle also represents US businesses doing business in Haiti and Haitian businesses and individuals doing business in the US.
Prior to joining the Firm, Michelle worked for 8 years as Senior Corporate Counsel – Commercial Law in Union Pacific Railroad Company’s Law Department. Her responsibilities included being the lead attorney for the procurement of goods and services, procurement and management of intellectual property and development of new business ventures. Michelle’s past experience also includes being General Counsel of Planet Automotive Group, Inc. (a/k/a Potamkin Automotive) a holding company for more than 40 automobile dealerships in 7 states; General Counsel of the Agency for Workforce Innovation, an agency of the State of Florida, n/k/a the Department of Economic Opportunity, Corporate Counsel for AutoNation, Inc.; and Corporate attorney in private practice at Holland & Knight LLP’s Miami office.
Michelle is a former member of the Public Health Trust of Miami-Dade County, and Miami-Dade County Ad Hoc Committee for the Creation of an Airport Authority. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, including, Girls Inc. and SantLa (Haitian Neighborhood Center). She is a founding member and former Vice President of the Haitian Lawyers Association, Inc. and is Co-Chair of the Women of Color Empowerment Institute, Inc. She serves on the board of the Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce and the University of Miami Law Alumni Association. She is also serves on the Executive Board of the Greater Miami Chapter, Links Incorporated.
Michelle has received numerous awards, including, among others, the Nostalgia in Gold Caribbean Woman of Excellence Award, the Women of Distinction Award from the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, the Women who Inspire Award from the City of North Miami and one for being one of South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Leaders of 2018 from Legacy Magazine.
Michelle is a 1996 Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Miami School of Law where she served on the University of Miami Law Review and was a member of the Order of the Coif. She is the proud mother of two adult sons, one a practicing attorney and the other, a mortgage loan officer for a major bank.
Austin Pamies Norris Weeks Powell
Additional Practice Areas:
Municipal, Corporate, Commercial Transactions and Litigation