Michael Shoptaw is an associate attorney at Thompson Burton PLLC.  Focusing his practice on commercial real estate and finance, Michael assists clients in the acquisition, disposition, development, financing, and leasing of commercial real property.

Prior to joining Thompson Burton PLLC, Michael worked as Treasury Counsel for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Treasury as well as at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC in the firm’s Real Estate and Finance practice group.  At the Department of Treasury, Michael primarily acted as pension counsel for the State of Tennessee’s Consolidated Retirement System and responded to other program-generated requests for legal advice, interpretations, and guidance. While at Baker Donelson, Michael assisted buyers, sellers, and lenders in all aspects of acquisition, disposition, and financing transactions, including the drafting and negotiating of letters of intent, purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements, and other definitive and ancillary real estate documents.  In connection with this work, Michael routinely reviewed and negotiated title commitments and proformas, surveys, third party diligence reports and lien searches, coordinating the termination or removal of encumbrances as appropriate. 

Michael lives in East Nashville with his wife, Christina, and their son, Ellis.  In their free time, Michael and Christina enjoy cooking and hosting friends in their home.  On the weekends, Michael and Christina explore the less-traveled areas in and around Nashville and the Great State of Tennessee.  The two are proud University of Tennessee football season ticket holders and are supporters of all things Volunteers.

  • University of Tennessee, B.A.,  2012
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2016
    • Editor, Mississippi Law Journal 
    • Member and Chairman, Honor Council

Bar Admissions:

  • Tennessee

Professional Memberships & Associations:

  • Tennessee Bar Association 
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • National Association of Public Pension Attorneys