A significant portion of Michael Palmer’s practice involves assisting international and domestic clients with business organization, corporate compliance and commercial matters. His practice also includes counseling clients in all types of corporate finance transactions, including conventional and Islamic finance matters, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Michael has for several years assisted clients based in the Middle East and North Africa region. He has significant experience in Qatar and regularly advises clients on a wide range of compliance and corporate matters governed by Qatar law and regulation.

    Michael also maintains a robust pro bono practice. In recognition of his service, Michael received the Loyola Law Clinic Award as a student practitioner. Michael has also been recognized as Patton Boggs’ Pro Bono Associate of the Year. In addition to his legal practice, Michael has served as a guest lecturer at the Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in 2014 and 2015.

    Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as a judicial law clerk for The Honorable Ian W. Claiborne, Chief Judge, 18th Judicial District Court (Louisiana). Michael also served as an extern law clerk for The Honorable Thomas M. Brahney, III, and The Honorable Thomas H. Kingsmill, Jr., US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

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    • Provided counsel and legal advice on employment and operational matters pertaining to universities and institutions of higher education that are partnering with the Qatar Foundation or the state of Qatar.
    • Assisted a major Qatari real estate investment company with its acquisition and redevelopment transactions in the UK.
    • Assisted one of the largest real estate developers in Qatar in the structuring of a multibillion-dollar Shariah-compliant REIT to be publicly listed on a major Asian exchange.
    • Represented Qatar bank’s interests in one of the largest restructuring projects in the GCC.
    • Provided counsel and legal advice on employment matters and commercial contracts for Qatar Airways.
    • Provided counsel and legal advice on executive compensation and employee benefit matters involving multinational companies and Qatari companies.
    • Provided counsel and legal advice regarding cross-border investments and capital markets issues.
    • Provided advice and legal counsel on the establishment of branch offices, joint ventures and mergers between international companies and local partners in Qatar.


    • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 2002
    • Georgetown University Law Center, Certification in Employee Benefits, 2002
    • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1993
    • Louisiana State University, B.G.S., 1990


    • Qatar
    • District of Columbia
    • Louisiana

    Memberships and Affiliations

    • American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar


    • English

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    • Thomson Reuters, US/International Joint Ventures: Questionnaires Shareholders Agreement and By-Laws, Control and Minority Protection, and Deadlock and Termination, 2018.
    • Thomson Reuters, UAE Anti-Corruption Questionnaire, 2017.
    • Regional Editor, BNA Treatise – Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law, 2015 and 2016.

    Speeches and Presentations

    • Speaker, “Living and Working in Qatar – Emphasis on Data Privacy and Cybersecurity,” Northwestern University in Qatar, August 2017.
    • Speaker, “Qatar Legal Overview,” Georgetown University in Qatar, September 2016.
    • Speaker, “Living and Working in Qatar,” Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, December 2015.
    • Speaker, “Living and Working in Qatar,” Northwestern University in Qatar, August 2015.
    • Co-Presenter, “US & Qatar Employment Laws,” American Chamber of Commerce in Qatar, October 2013.
    • Speaker, “Doing Business and Franchising in Qatar,” US Franchise Trade Mission, May 2013.
    • Speaker. “Legal Aspects of Living in Qatar,” Texas A&M University in Qatar, May 2013.
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