Morris, Manning & Martin Nabs Katten Muchin Rosenman Hospitality Pro as Partner

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Christina Hassan, a legal expert in the hospitality and lodging industry, is leaving Katten Muchin Rosenman for Morris, Manning & Martin where she will work out of the law firm’s Washington, D.C. office.

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Morris, Manning & Martin is adding Hassan to its hospitality practice group as a partner, according to an MMM press release. In April, the firm expanded its D.C. office, adding 11 attorneys and patent agents and seven staff members. In the last three years, the hospitality group has handled over $7 billion in transactions under the direction of partners Carol Weld King and Tom Gryboski.

“MMM’s depth of knowledge in real estate and hospitality, coupled with its unparalleled bench strength with attorneys like Carol and Tom, will give my clients the support they need,” Hassan said in a prepared statement. “I couldn’t be more thrilled to join this business-minded team.”

Hassan specializes in providing legal guidance for lifestyle and boutique hotels. Her recent clients include Starwood Hotels and Resorts, West Elm Hotels, Ace Hotels, Morgans Hotel Group and Salt Hotels. She handled clients’ portfolio of hotel management documents, including hotel management agreements, technical services agreements and license agreement. She also drafted and negotiated joint venture agreements for investors.

“Christina is a seasoned hospitality lawyer and her thoughtful and practical approach to deals makes her a great asset to MMM,” Gryboski said in the release. “Her robust expertise working with lifestyle and boutique hotels also fits perfectly in our national practice at the firm.” King touts Hassan’s practice as “multidimensional,” adding that “she will bring an invaluable perspective to our growing hospitality group.”

Prior to being partner at Katten Law, Hassan served as senior vice president and associate general counsel of Morgans Hotel Group. Katten Law did not respond to Commercial Observer’s request for comment.