Michelle Banks

Michelle Banks

Board Member, DirectWomen, Senior Advisor, BarkerGilmore

Michelle Banks is a Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore specializing in providing executive leadership coaching to women general counsel. Michelle serves as a member of the board of directors of DirectWomen, a nonprofit whose mission is to increase the representation of women lawyers on the boards of directors of major corporations. At DirectWomen, she chairs the class and webinar committees and serves on the compensation committee. Until 2016, Michelle was Executive Vice President, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of apparel retailer Gap Inc. Before joining Gap Inc. in 1999, Michelle worked as legal counsel for the Golden State Warriors NBA team and in Tokyo as American counsel for Itochu Corporation, one of the largest Japanese trading companies. Her prior law firm practice with Sheppard Mullin and Morrison & Foerster in California and New York focused on corporate finance and international commercial transactions. Michelle has been recognized by numerous organizations for her professional accomplishments and dedication to enhancing the careers of other women lawyers, including as a Legend in Law by the Burton Foundation, a Distinguished General Counsel by the Directors Roundtable, and a Margaret Brent Woman Lawyer of Achievement by the American Bar Association.