Speaker Profile

Paula Barnes
Senior Counsel, Law Department / Macy’s Inc

Paula Barnes serves as a retail and marketing law generalist advising both Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s clients on a variety of retail operational issues. She also serves as primary counsel for the northeast, mid-Atlantic, and north central regions, providing advice to regional and corporate executive management on store asset protection policies and procedures and providing counsel on theft investigations and apprehensions. Previously, Ms. Barnes was counsel with MetLife and served as an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, where she successfully prosecuted general misdemeanor and felony crimes before being selected to join the Child Abuse Bureau. This fall, Ms. Barnes is also serving as an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law, teaching a course called Fashion Retail Law. Ms. Barnes received her B.A., cum laude, in English from the University of Louisville, and her law degree from Howard University School of Law, also cum laude.