Travis Townsend Jr., ’03, is a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. He also is the co-founding and financial partner at Townsend & Lockett LLC, a national business-focused law firm headquartered in Atlanta, and a managing consultant with Torinity Consulting Company.
Townsend leads the business law, corporate, and securities transactional practices at Townsend & Lockett. Before co-founding the firm and providing services to Torinity Consulting Company, he was a senior associate in Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice PLLC’s corporate transactional group. Previous to that, Townsend practiced law with Morris, Manning & Martin LLP, where he was actively engaged in the diversity and legal opinion committees. He began his legal career with the law firm Alston & Bird LLP.
As group leader of the Townsend & Lockett business and transactional law practices, Townsend supervises a team of expert corporate, securities, finance, and business combinations attorneys assisting the world’s leading corporations in managing complex transactions. His individual practice includes providing advice and counsel to large telecom, energy, manufacturing, and entertainment businesses and supporting their growth through the facilitation of financing, asset acquisition, and relationship management. He has served as an adjunct professor of law at Emory University.
Outside of the professional arena, Townsend is the president of the National Black MBA Association Atlanta Chapter; is a member of the 100 Black Men of South Metro (Atlanta), where he volunteers on the education committee; and serves as president of MAFDET Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate disparities in education and employment opportunities in underserved communities. He also has served on the board of directors of the Serenbe Institute of the Arts, Culture & Environment in multiple capacities.
For his career and community success, Townsend has been recognized and honored by national and local media and professional organizations, including Black Enterprise, Atlanta Business Chronicle, Georgia Trend Magazine, Outstanding Atlanta, New Leaders Council, and the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.