Faculty Profiles - Adjunct Professors

Michelle  Willis

Michelle Willis

Adjunct Professor

Areas of Expertise

Real Estate, Finance, Corporate and Corporate Governance

Curriculum Vitae

In her current role as a senior leader on a corporate legal team, Shelli partners with relevant stakeholders to achieve business goals while minimizing risk, particularly legal, regulatory compliance, and reputational risk. As an example, she recently restructured a company insider trading policy and framework, together with controls for cyber and data incident notifications, in conformity with current SEC guidance. As assistant corporate secretary to the SunTrust Board of Directors and Governance and Nominating Committee, Shelli has also centralized and created quality controls for board reporting and approvals and developed a framework for a unified approach to company multi-state expansion.

Shelli’s experience in representing financial institutions has provided broad expertise in finance, legal, and regulatory issues so that she can identify potential issues before they become a crisis. Her experience extends from corporate governance, social responsibility, and investor relations, to cyber and information security matters, and collaborative thought leadership delivering creative legal and business solutions.  

Shelli currently leads the SunTrust Corporate Legal Team and during her SunTrust career has held a number of leadershiproles that broadened her skills including leading the Wholesale Lending, Treasury & Payments, Employment, and Procurement Contracting Legal Teams. Prior to joining SunTrust, she was a partner at the law firm Troutman Sanders, where she was head firm partner for the workout team for a national banking institution and a founding member of the Firm’s Women’s Forum. 

As a community leader, Shelli serves on the Advisory Board, HouseATL Affordable Housing Task Force, and Capital Markets Council for Urban Land Institute Atlanta. She is also a member of The Trust for Public Land’s Georgia Advisory Council and chairs its Urban Parks Committee. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as real estate, finance, cyber security, diversity, and sustainability, and has been recognized for her support of diversity and inclusion efforts by the National Diversity Counsel.

Shelli earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University, cum laude, and her JD from Emory University, where she graduated Order of the Coif and served as an editor for the Emory Law Journal. She recently completed a Goizueta Business School, Emory Executive Education, Advanced Leadership Program conducted in partnership with SunTrust.

Shelli lives with her family in Atlanta, Georgia.