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Michele L. Cohen

Michele L. Cohen

Michele L. Cohen has a real estate and business transactions practice primarily in the areas of business and technology law and commercial real estate transactions. 

Michele provides advice on all aspects of commercial real estate transactions, including management of both national and regional leasing programs.  She has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating commercial leases and related documentation for retail, office and industrial properties, and including both pad and in-line leases. Michele also represents clients in the acquisition, development and operation of real property in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Real estate clients include:

  • National and regional property owners and tenants
  • Commercial developers
  • Retail companies
  • Home builders
  • Financial institutions

Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge, Michele served as associate general counsel to The Ryland Group, Inc., a national, publicly held real estate homebuilder and mortgage finance company.  Michele is a Past-President of CREW-Baltimore (and serves on committees for the National CREW Network), and is a member of ICSC and NAIOP.

Michele's business and technology practice is broad based and includes business and information technology counseling for both cloud-based and "brick and mortar" providers and users of technology. She provides advice on all aspects of business and technology contracting, including licensing, consulting services, branding and product placement, e-commerce, and privacy and data security issues. Michele represents clients in the preparation and negotiation of a broad range of transactional agreements, including:

  • Content and software licensing, including SaaS and traditional models
  • Implementation, integration, and hosting agreements
  • Website terms and policies
  • Distribution and marketing
  • On-line and mobile app services
  • Private and data security agreements, both traditional and cloud based
  • Non-disclosure agreements (relating to compliance with domestic requirements and on a cross-borders basis)
  • General IT and business contracts, including manufacturing and distribution agreements, outsourcing relationships, consulting, and other professional services agreements

Michele also counsels clients on regulatory compliance and privacy law requirements specific to companies involved in e-commerce and other internet related areas. Clients include software developers and consultants, manufacturing and distribution companies, technology providers, and corporate users of intellectual property.

Affiliations & Recognition

Community Activities

  • United Way of Central Maryland, Women's Leadership Initiative

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association

  • CREW-Baltimore: Past-President

  • CREW Network: Membership Education Committee; Member Industry Research Committee

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Howard County Bar Association

  • ICSC

  • Leadership of Howard County, Maryland - Class of 2000

  • Licensing Executives Society

  • Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship - Advisory Board

  • Maryland State Bar Association

  • Miles & Stockbridge Women's Network: Co-Chairwoman

  • NAIOP - Central Maryland Chapter Legislative Committee

  • Network 2000


  • Best Lawyers in America®: Selected for inclusion in the area of Real Estate Law (2018)

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Reviewed




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