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Biography

With over 20 years of diversified experience in commercial real estate, Christina’s practice focuses on the acquisition, leasing, development, financing and disposition of retail, restaurant, mixed use, office and warehouse projects, with an emphasis on representing business owners in the shopping center and franchise/hospitality industries with all aspects of real estate acquisition, development, management and leasing. She also assists health care clients with their real estate needs.

Christina is the Practice Group Leader for Real Estate at Frost Brown Todd and serves on the firm’s Finance Committee. She is also active in the local community. Most notable among her civic and charitable contributions is her service to the American Red Cross, Cincinnati Ballet Company and American Heart Association.

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Experience

Legal Work Highlights

Represented private equity firm in acquisition of publicly held restaurant operation involving 270 locations across 32 states in a transaction valued at $335 million

Represented major department store in sale of property located at a mixed-use project in greater San Francisco, California metropolitan area and short-term leaseback

Represented developer in numerous land acquisition and build-to-suit lease transactions with nation’s largest operator of rural lifestyle retail stores in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Maryland and West Virginia

Represented regional healthcare system in its acquisition of an existing facility located on a 70-acre campus, which involved negotiation of a complex separation plan and master services utility agreement to address the cost allocation and separation of electricity, chilled water, compressed air and steam for the facility and the portion of the property retained by the seller

Represented publicly traded restaurant operation in disposition of 80 locations in 3 states in a deal valued at $175 million

Represented privately held restaurant operation in acquisition of 76 locations in 3 states

Represented regional telecommunications provider in leasing of over 200,000 square feet of Class A office space for consolidated corporate headquarters

Represented national department store chain in connection with all aspects of its retail real estate portfolio

Represented publicly held regional telecommunications company with all aspects of its real estate portfolio

Represented purchaser of industrial park property for construction of a multimillion-dollar fulfillment center

Represented corporate client in negotiation of a building lease in Southeast Asia

Represented restaurant franchise owner/operator in acquiring locations throughout the region through lease or purchase

Represented corporate clients in acquisition and disposition of shopping center, office, industrial, data center, and warehouse space

Represented retailers, financial institutions, hotel operators, developers and owners in connection with commercial leases, including ground leases and sale-leaseback transactions

Represented clients in the purchase and sale of business and assets, entity formation, and business strategy and planning

Represented nonprofit organization regarding leasing of its headquarters, including a long-term ground lease

Education

Law School

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Moot Court Society, National Team
Hispanic Law Students Association, President

Undergraduate School

Indiana University, B.A., 1992

Bar Membership

Christina is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Ohio

Kentucky

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Leadership Cincinnati, Class 40

WE Lead, Class II

Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Class XIV

Cincy Magazine, Cincy Leading Lawyer, Real Estate

Cincinnati Ballet 45th Anniversary Honoree

Inspiring Arts Volunteer of the Year, Inspire Cincinnati/Cincinnati Enquirer

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

International Council of Shopping Centers

Commercial Real Estate Women

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

 

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

American Heart Association, Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team (2015-2016); Open Your Heart Committee (2016-present)

American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati-Dayton Region, Board of Directors, Board Officer and Chair of Leadership Development Committee (2011-present)

Cincinnati Ballet Company, Board of Trustees & Executive Committee (2004-2012); BRAVO!, President (2004 – 2012); Sustaining Trustee (2012-present); Étoile, Chair (2017-present)

Commercial Real Estate Women, Board of Directors, Sponsorship Liaison (2017-present)

Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA, Member (2009-2015)

International Council of Shopping Centers, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania (“OKIMP”) Retail Development & Law Symposium, Planning Committee (2018-present)

Xavier University, Williams College of Business, Executive Mentor (2007-present)

Presentations

Christina was invited to speak at the following events:

“That was Then, This is Now:  Dealing with Existing REAs in Today’s Evolving Retail Centers,” Speaker, ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, 2019

“Outparcel Development: Approvals, Restrictions and Challenges -OH MY!,” Roundtable Leader, ICSC U.S. Law Conference, Orlando, FL, 2018

“Pop Goes the Retail Shop: Leasing Considerations,” Roundtable Leader, ICSC U.S. Law Conference, San Antonio, TX, 2017

“The Clock is Ticking! Pop-Up Leasing in an Evolving Retail World,” Speaker, ICSC OKIMP Retail Development & Law Symposium, Columbus, OH, 2017

“Didn’t See that Coming: Implied Operating Covenants,” Roundtable Leader, ICSC U.S. Law Conference, Hollywood, FL, 2016

Firm Committees

Christina serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Real Estate Practice Group Leader

Finance Committee, Member

Nominating Committee, Member