Cristina advises her clients on business issues because she understands what it means to run a business. Since 2012, in addition to her successful law practice, Cristina has also worked as a Senior Consultant and VP with the Verna Myers Consulting Group, a leading boutique in the growing field of diversity and inclusion consultancy.
In her role as client advocate, Cristina draws upon over twenty years of complex litigation experience in large law firms, including acting as lead defense counsel in federal and state securities class actions, securities and antitrust investigations, and pre-and post-merger disputes.
She joined the The Long Law Group in 2016 because Toni and her team share the same vision of what it means to be a great lawyer – that a true advocate learns our clients’ business, gives advice that preserves and advances our clients’ business goals, and acts both zealously and ethically.
Cristina has practiced law throughout the nation, starting her career in Massachusetts after graduating from Harvard Law School. She then practiced in Wisconsin, and now calls California home.
Cristina has received numerous honors during her career. She was named the Latina Attorney of the Year by the Hispanic National Bar Association in 2009, and served as the President of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association that same year. She was also named by the Chief Judge of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Wisconsin to serve on the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for that District.
Cristina has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Securities Litigation and Commercial Litigation each year since 2012; Wisconsin Super Lawyers Rising Star in Securities Litigation (2006-2009); United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Philanthropic 5 Award (2009); and received the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award (2008). She also received the 2008 United States Postal Service award, “Women Putting Their Stamp on Metro Milwaukee,” where she was honored for her outstanding achievements in the field of government and law.
- Lead counsel for Bucyrus International in a $7.6 billion transaction, where she and her team successfully defeated several motions to enjoin the shareholder vote brought by putative class representatives in federal court.
- Led a 50-lawyer team in responding to a Second Request from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division concerning a $3 billion merger of two service providers in the financial industry. The merger was ultimately allowed to close without conditions.
- Worked with a team to defeat class certification in a matter where plaintiffs sought certification of a putative nationwide class; plaintiffs sought in excess of $150 million in damages.
- Successfully represented defendants, including individual officers and directors, in Rule 10b-5 class actions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Northern District of California.
- Obtained summary judgment in favor of a manufacturer in a federal action in California concerning an earn-out provision in a merger agreement.
- Successfully represented a defendant investor in a breach of fiduciary duty/minority oppression case in New York state court in a three-week trial.
Opinions (Partial List):
- City of Sterling Heights v. Bucyrus Int’l, Inc., No. 2010-CV-1106 (E.D. Wis. Jan. 19, 2011) (representing Bucyrus International).
- Syndicated Commc’n Venture Partners IV, LP v. BayStar Capital, L.P., et al., Appeal No. 3705 (N.Y. App. Div. May 22, 2008) (representing BayStar Capital).
- Rumis et al v. Brady Worldwide, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37190 (S.D. Cal. 2007) (representing Brady Worldwide).
- Noonan v. The Northwestern Mut. Life Ins. Co., Appeal No. 2005AP1683 (Wis. Ct. App.) (representing Northwestern Mutual).
- Heiting Tool and Die Inc. v. Ossur North Am. Inc., Case No. 03-C-1057 (E.D. Wis. Nov. 16, 2005) (representing Ossur).
- In re Van Wagoner Funds, Inc. Secs. Litig., Case No. 3:02-CV-03383 (N.D. Cal. July 27, 2004) (representing UMB Fund Services).