The great thing about a real estate practice is that the parties have a common goal — to reach a deal. “Everybody is trying to get to yes and build something,” says Stinson Leonard Street attorney Christine Eid.
Eid came to Stinson after practicing on her own after graduating in 2008. She liked being solo but also wanted more mentoring and more exposure to sophisticated transactions.
One of her notable transactions was the former Northwest Airline’s property in Eagan, which her client acquired from Delta and conveyed to an affiliate of the Minnesota Vikings. “Christine has consistently and repeatedly shown aptitude and skill in negotiating successful deals with sophisticated counterparties and has gained the confidence of many of the firm’s most valued clients,” said Stinson chair Lowell Stortz.
Eid has led the charge to create a walk-in legal clinic to provide financial advice to pro bono clients along with Habitat for Humanity and Volunteer Lawyers Network. VLN opened a second real estate clinic in St. Paul and also sees clients in Minneapolis. The need arose because many lower-income homeowners did not have good title and thus could not participate in Habitat for Humanity home improvement programs. Attorneys gain valuable experience and everybody gets to yes.