Melanie Harper Barnes is an Independent Director. She is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Melanie practiced law in Austin, Texas for a decade and a half in the areas of real estate development and finance, banking, and corporate reorganization. She represented a variety of corporations, banks, limited partnerships, and individuals, including developers, lenders, and small business owners.
Melanie worked on property acquisitions and sales, negotiated and documented construction and financing of commercial properties, participated in assemblages, conducted title insurance and survey review, represented borrowers and lenders in arranging short term and long term real estate financing, documented and negotiated equipment and line of credit lending, represented clients in disputes involving real and personal property, and engaged in strategy sessions regarding complex real estate and other business plans.
Melanie retired from the practice of law in 1994 and has since been active in many Austin nonprofit organizations, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Ballet Austin, St. Francis School, National Charity League, and University United Methodist Church.
Melanie attended Texas Tech University, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors in 1977. She graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in 1981