Polsinelli Strengthens Leadership in Real Estate and Financial Services,
Elevating Kristin M. Walker in Denver
Am Law 100 firm Polsinelli recently announced the elevation of three respected leaders to new roles in the firm’s expanding Real Estate and Financial Services Department. Kristin M. Walker, a Shareholder in the Denver office, is now vice chair of the Real Estate Practice Group, and Vivian C. Grigorians, a Shareholder in Los Angeles, and Christine Brady Hoag, a Shareholder in Kansas City, are now Real Estate Finance Practice Group vice chairs.
“We are very pleased to announce the addition of these three outstanding lawyers to our department leadership team,” said Kraig M. Kohring, Polsinelli’s Real Estate and Financial Services Department chair. “As we work hard for our clients to meet increased demand across the country, Kristin, Vivian and Christine have been very active leaders of their respective practice teams. They have shown themselves to be strong mentors to our associates, and we are very thankful to have them now serving in broader, formal leadership roles.”
Now home to nearly 300 attorneys, Polsinelli’s Real Estate and Financial Services Department has seen a 19% increase in its roster in the past year alone. The team’s growth reflects both the successful year that just wrapped up as well as the anticipated need for expanded services in these focus areas in the year ahead.
Kristin M. Walker has been with the firm since 2019. Her practice primarily focuses on acquisition and disposition for institutional clients, often involving portfolios of nationwide real estate assets with unique deal structures. Her experience in the field has allowed Walker to identify and craft practical solutions to substantive issues while assisting clients with the proper risk assessment, often under tight time constraints. In addition to her leadership among peers, Walker is regularly commended for the relationships she builds with her clients. Walker’s record of confidently closing acquisitions and dispositions on both large and small scales is a hallmark of her practice, and her clients routinely express their appreciation for her responsiveness, attention to detail, and ability to focus on practical business issues during complicated transactions.
“I am proud to be part of the growth that our Real Estate Practice Group has seen in Denver since I joined Polsinelli, and now I’m eager to work more closely with my colleagues throughout the country to help meet our clients’ needs,” said Walker, who joined Polsinelli in March 2020. “It’s a fascinating time for commercial real estate, and our clients are counting on us more than ever to help navigate the everchanging landscape.”
SVN | Denver Commercial Announces New Hire
SVN | Denver Commercial, one of Colorado’s top producing real estate investment brokerage firms, announced the addition of Tom Stine as an advisor. Tom specializes in the sale and leasing of investment properties in Northern Colorado.
“Tom brings solid and deep experience both in corporate sales and in commercial real estate investment analysis,” said Managing Director Steve Kawulok. “He will be able to utilize that experience in helping clients in our region across multiple property types. We are excited to add him to our Northern Colorado-focused team.”
Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate Hires Broker Associate
John Jaster has joined Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate in Denver as a broker associate. One of eleven children, John was born and raised in Denver. He graduated from the University of Denver in 1981. As a junior in college, he began his retail career with a luxury men’s store Andrisen Morton (1979). After eleven years, he went to work for Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2000 he returned as managing director and partner with Andrisen Morton in Cherry Creek while also building a managing partnership with Peter Millar Cherry Creek and The Broadmoor. He left his retail roots last October to pursue a real estate career and soon thereafter joined the Slifer Smith & Frampton team.