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Paula Winner Barnett

[email protected]

T: (213) 406-2947
F: (213) 613-0550



Senior Counsel, Brown White & Osborn LLP (2023-present); Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, MRV Communications, Inc. and Superior Industries International, Inc., Associate, Irell & Manella LLP, Associate, Riordan & McKinzie PLC; Associate Morrison & Foerster LLP.


Columbia Law School (J.D., 1990, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar); Columbia University (B.A., Economics, 1987, magna cum laude).

Bar Admissions

California, New York, Washington, D.C.


Paula has a broad breadth of experience in all aspects of law, issues and transactions affecting small and large, private and public, companies. Paula has extensive experience with regulatory compliance, corporate governance, corporate finance, commercial transactions, day-to-day operations and human resources, across many different industries.

Paula acts as strategic counsel, advising start up, emerging growth, development stage, and middle market companies. In addition to working with companies on their transactions, Paula works with companies to organize their infrastructure, clarify their goals, simplify their processes and thereby free up time and energy to focus on productivity and growth.

A corporate and securities attorney by trade, Paula has worked in large law firms and in-house at companies, advising private and public companies in the software, technology, biotechnology, financial technology, manufacturing, internet, digital, consumer electronics, apparel and cannabis industries.

Paula is a practical, business savvy lawyer and a creative problem solver. With years of experience working in house at companies, she offers business solutions from a legal perspective.