Wyrick Robbins is pleased to welcome Michael Baglino to our Commercial Real Estate team. Mike’s practice spans a wide range of real estate transactions, from acquisitions and dispositions to leasing, investments, and financing. After earning his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Mike moved to Manhattan and began work as an associate with an Am Law 100 firm. After soaking up some great deal exposure there, Mike and his wife made the decision to return to the Tar Heel State, and we are so happy that he has decided to join us.
Though we went through the normal law firm interview process with Mike before we hired him, we thought we’d save the really hard-hitting questions for his first week on the job. From bingeable TV to work and recreation, here’s what makes Mike tick:
- What’s exciting about joining Wyrick?
I’m especially excited about the people here and the future of the firm. From the day I first interviewed everyone has been so friendly and welcoming – and it hasn’t let up. That really speaks to the culture here. It’s truly collegial and the people are incredibly genuine. I’m also excited about Wyrick’s future. The firm is growing and I think that’s a direct result of the incredible job people have been doing here for years. Wyrick does sophisticated and cutting-edge work, while also recruiting and retaining top talent to meet client expectations. I’m excited to be a part of it.
- What do you want people to know about you?
I think I’m in the right field because I love seeing communities and cities grow with new people and development. I’m often checking on the latest developments happening in and around the area, as well as around the country. North Carolina is experiencing explosive growth, so I’m really looking forward to playing a role in that growth as a member of the Commercial Real Estate practice.
- What shows are you bingeing?
One of my favorite ongoing shows is Billions on Showtime. But in terms of bingeing, I’ve recently finished Schitt’s Creek, which if you haven’t seen, I highly recommend. It’s both hilarious and heartfelt. I also spent the beginning of quarantine binging all of Game of Thrones (yes, I know I’m a little late to the party there). I’ll also often have the Office on in the background, no matter how many times I’ve seen each episode.
- You have 45 minutes to exercise. What do you do?
I’d usually start with some cardio. Often a light run on the treadmill or jump on the elliptical (but if I only have 45 minutes, I’m probably doing the treadmill with sprint intervals for about 20 minutes to really get the blood pumping). Then I’m moving on to weights for the remainder of the time.
- What is the biggest real estate challenge that in-house counsel face today?
The biggest challenges revolve around COVID right now. I’ve seen a lot of companies trying to figure out their own office spaces, determining whether to downsize or not, but also having to come up with new and innovative solutions to create safe environments for their employees. In-house counsel have played a key role in leading companies through the uncharted territories of COVID.