Christina Rieck Loukas
Contact: P /612.604.6439E /firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 2007
University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, M.P.P., 2007
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1999
U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Cir.
U.S. District Court, D. Colo.
U.S. District Court, D. Minn.
Tribal Court of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Every client, every business, every case is different, and the same approach is not right for every matter. I strive to find the best approach for the unique issues of each case so that I can provide the greatest value to my clients. Litigation may be adversarial, but it does not have to be a zero-sum game; there is usually a business solution and I work to be creative and achieve the best outcomes for my clients. For me, the point is not just to “win,” but to find the best, most efficient solution. I am committed to my clients and their businesses, and am invested in solving problems and getting them back to their business as efficiently as I can.
I focus my practice on construction and real estate litigation, though I handle a wide variety of disputes, including shareholder or limited partner disputes, banking and securities law litigation, and general commercial contract matters. In my construction law practice, I have handled contract disputes, construction defect and warranty matters, employment-related issues, mechanic’s liens, and insurance coverage disputes. In addition, I review and counsel my clients on their various contracts. My real estate litigation practice includes lease disputes, contract enforcement actions, and I also address and resolve the unique issues that can arise in connection with low-income housing tax credit developments. I have extensive experience at all levels of the litigation process, and represent a wide variety of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and individuals. My experience spans a variety of industries, including construction, affordable housing, banking, and energy, among others.
In addition to my litigation practice, I dedicate time to assisting individuals who need, but cannot afford, legal representation. I have handled a number of pro bono matters over the past several years. Stemming from my work with the Government Benefits Division of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis while in law school, I have successfully represented individuals who were denied Medical Assistance and Social Security Disability benefits. In addition, I assisted an individual in receiving a full pardon for a non-violent crime committed in his youth.
Advancing and supporting women in the legal profession is very important to me, and I work within the firm to mentor junior lawyers and coordinate our women’s group. I also serve on the firm’s Recruiting and Associate Development Committees. Outside the firm, I am active in the Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association and Minnesota Women Lawyers.
When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and two kids, baking and decorating cakes, and getting outdoors.
Practicing Construction & Real Estate Litigation
- Represented a long-standing non-profit affordable housing developer in Minnesota that had to bring suit against an investor limited partner in one of its developments when the partner refused to recognize its contractual right of first refusal to purchase its partner’s interest at a fixed and discounted price that would allow the affordable housing project to continue to operate. Demonstrated on summary judgment that the original contract, drafted twenty years prior, had a mutual mistake in it, which led to the court’s ultimate decision to reform the contract to allow the non-profit to buy the property at the lower cost and continue to operate the senior home.
- Represented an affordable housing developer involved in a complicated “year 15 exit dispute” involving an affordable housing project. The dispute arose after the investor limited partner fully exhausted the tax credits available to the partnership and sought to exit the partnership with a forced sale of the project by unreasonably withholding consent to refinance project debt. Successfully obtained an injunction and court order that allowed our clients to refinance the project debt without the investor limited partner’s consent and prohibited the investor limited partner from involuntarily removing our client from the partnership.
- Represented a large, national affordable housing developer, in a “year 15 exit dispute” involving an investor limited partner’s refusal to consent to a refinance of project debt. The refinance was needed to avoid the Partnership’s default on its long-term debt financing obligations that were scheduled to mature, but the investor limited partner was refusing consent for the refinance and demanding to be paid the return of its invested amount in exchange for exiting the partnership to nullify the need for its consent. Successfully obtained a summary judgment order finding that the investor limited partner had unreasonably and unlawfully withheld consent to refinance as a means to obtain rights that it otherwise did not have (i.e., a forced buy-out of its interests).
- Represented an owner in a dispute with its general contractor relating to the construction of a nearly half-million square foot facility. Successfully demonstrated through arbitration that the general contractor had breached the construction agreement.
- Represented a large retailer in defense of claims by a shopping center owner and tenant seeking to enforce restrictive-use covenants contained in a Reciprocal Easement Agreement. Successfully obtained a favorable settlement prior to trial of the matter.
Practicing Business & Commercial Litigation
- Represented a number of limited partnerships being sued by a group of 11 individual investors in the limited partnerships for alleged securities fraud, common-law fraud, and other alleged causes of action. After two rounds of summary judgment briefing, successfully obtained orders dismissing ALL of the investors’ claims against the limited partnerships and preserving virtually all of the limited partnerships’ claims against the 11 investors.
- Represented bank sued as one of many defendants by a national online seller of residential mortgage backed securities. After the bank’s previous counsel had created a number of problems for the client, in a few short months resolved all of the client’s issues—which involved completely redoing the client’s entire document collection, review, and production—and favorably settled the case.
- Represented an energy company against more than $125 million in claims related to a dispute over investments in wind energy projects. Successfully obtained summary judgment on the majority of the claims and favorably settled the remainder before trial.
- Represented a manufacturer in a dispute with a state agency relating to a citation and penalty for an alleged violation of state OSHA standards. After successfully demonstrating that the state’s testing protocols were inadequate and in violation of the state’s own regulations, the citation and penalty were withdrawn.
- Represented a small business sued by a “serial plaintiff” for purported violations of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Successfully obtained a rare ruling from the bench on summary judgment in which the court found in favor of the company and required the plaintiff to pay a portion of the company’s legal costs.
- Representation of a local business owner in a shareholder dispute concerning the ownership and operation of a Shopping Mall. Our client, along with other shareholders of the Mall, leased space in the Mall and operated individual businesses. Our client was the President of the Mall’s Board for more than a decade, but was then suddenly removed from his position and sued for alleged breaches of fiduciary duties, among other things, in an effort to strip him and his wife of their 28% ownership interests in the Mall. After extensive discovery, we obtained summary judgment for our client on all but one claim and our client’s counterclaims and third-party claims survived summary judgment. On the eve of trial, our client’s adversaries finally folded and we obtained a victory for our client, which included a substantial cash payment.
Also experienced in
Year 15 LIHTC Disputes
Financial Services Litigation
Energy Litigation & Appeals
Honors & Awards
Up & Coming Attorney
Minnesota Lawyer, 2016
Minnesota Super Lawyers®, 2017
Associations & Memberships
Minnesota Mother Attorneys Association
Minnesota Women Lawyers
Hennepin County Bar Association
Federal Bar Association