About Christine Noelle Fitzgerald

Clients closing real estate finance deals rely on Christine Fitzgerald to not only identify risk and potential issues in a transaction but, more importantly, to offer solutions tailored to the business needs of her clients and to create a viable path forward for the deal despite any challenges. Christy is chair of the firm's West Coast Real Estate practice, recognized as a top practice by U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," which reports that clients note Katten is a "firm of choice for real estate transactions." Christy's priority, in alignment with her client's ultimate goal, is closing a real estate finance transaction in such a way that all parties view the result as favorable and her client's business — and business relationships — grow and thrive.

A smart and business-oriented advocate in complex real estate finance deals

Christy concentrates her practice in real estate finance and is experienced in syndicated, securitized, mezzanine, ground lease, hospitality and construction lending and borrowing, intercreditor arrangements, participations, whole and portfolio loan sales, "loan on loan" secured financing transactions, workouts (including loan modifications and restructurings, forbearance agreements, reservation of rights and discounted payoff agreements), foreclosures, loan restructurings and deeds in lieu of foreclosure, as well as acquisition, disposition and development of real estate assets, joint venture transactions and preferred equity.

From 1996 to 1997, Christy clerked in the chambers of the Honorable Lourdes G. Baird, US District Court, Central District of California.

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"Christine [is] extremely responsive, client focused, results oriented and a pleasure to work with. [Her] knowledge of commercial real estate lending practices and laws are critical to our success."

--Commercial Finance Company

U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2020 "Best Law Firms"
(Real Estate Law) survey response

Practice Focus

  • Real estate finance
  • Commercial real estate transactions
  • Acquisitions and dispositions
  • Equity investment and development
  • Leasing

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