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Barbara Altimus

Barbara S. Altimus


Phone: (805) 546-8785
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Barbara joined Carmel & Naccasha in 2021.  Barbara is a business-minded attorney, who enjoys partnering with her clients to solve problems.  

Prior to joining Carmel & Naccasha, Barbara worked as in-house at Citibank, N.A.  Acting as a product counsel to Citibank’s Latin American Treasury & Trade Solutions business, Barbara advised on all aspects of product development, deal support, technology, marketing, and data privacy for a variety of corporate cash management, global trade, commercial credit card, and payments products.  Barbara was recognized for her ability to distill complex legal analysis into business-minded, practical advice. 

Prior to Citibank, Barbara practiced in the San Francisco offices of the international law firms Goodwin Procter LLP and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP.  Her practice encompassed a broad range of business and commercial real estate matters, including hotel transactions, joint ventures, financings, real property acquisitions and dispositions, and limited liability entity formation.  Barbara represented many of the world’s leading hotel companies, focusing particularly on the acquisition, financing, development, management, and disposition of luxury hotels, resorts, and other mixed-use hospitality projects throughout the world, in locations ranging from Mexico City, to Rio de Janeiro, to Bora Bora.  She developed a sophisticated understanding of hotel operations and legal concerns that impact the ownership and operation of resorts and similar real estate investments that are combined with an operating business. 

Barbara has an enduring passion for pursuing justice through action, and has volunteered her time on a variety of pro bono projects throughout her career.  She worked on an asylum representation through the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and an adoption through the County of Los Angeles’ Public Counsel Adoption Project.  She also worked with the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Homeless Advocacy Project, where she provided legal advice to individuals who are homeless. 

Prior to attending law school, Barbara worked as a financial analyst at Bloomberg, L.P., in New York City, where she developed a broad-based understanding of the financial markets.   

Barbara earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from Emory University.  During college, she studied abroad at the University of Salamanca, in Salamanca, Spain.  She later earned her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law

Since law school, Barbara has continued her education through programs at Harvard Law School Executive Education and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

A native of the Central Valley, Barbara was thrilled to move to San Luis Obispo with her family in 2020.  Barbara, and her husband, Ryan, have a daughter, a son, and a new puppy.  They enjoy hiking, going to the beach, and cycling.  Barbara recently joined the Los Ranchos Elementary School Site Counsel, and is co-leading a Daisy Scout Troop.

  • California (2012 – present)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law | San Francisco, CA

Juris Doctor, Summa cum Laude (One of the Two Top Graduates) | 2012

Honors & Awards:  The University of San Francisco Law Review – Senior Articles Editor; McAuliffe Honor Society (3 years); Dean’s Merit Scholarship (3 years); and CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for Achievement (Highest Grade) in Torts, Civil Procedure I, Property, Evidence, Corporate Governance, Asian Legal Systems, White Collar Crime, and Remedies

  • Emory University | Atlanta, GA

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Spanish | 2007

Study Abroad: Universidad de Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain, 2005

  • Harvard Law School Executive Education | Cambridge, MA

Accelerated Business & Leadership Program (for Goodwin Procter associates) | May 2016

  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey | Monterey, CA

Customized Spanish Course (Financial & Legal) | September 2020 – Present