Christina Rieck Loukas, '07: Public Policy Background Informs Legal Practice

Breaking the Ice

Name: Christina Rieck Loukas

Title: Shareholder, Winthrop & Weinstine

Education: B.A., women’s studies, University of Minnesota; J.D., University of Chicago Law School; M.P.P., University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Christina Rieck Loukas, shareholder at Winthrop and Weinstine, says she likes construction and real estate litigation in part because it enables her to help others.

Loukas’ affinity for her practice has developed organically with experience and through a personal connection: Her husband owns a construction company.

“A lot of my clients are affordable-housing developers, so they are providing services in the community that are essential and it feels really good to help them in that process,” Loukas said.

Litigation does not have to be a zero-sum game, said Loukas, who earned a master of public policy degree while completing her legal studies. She credits that combination with giving her a more holistic perspective in trying to understand and resolve disputes.

“There tends to be a solution that’s going to make everybody, if not happy, at least satisfied,” Loukas said.

Q. What’s the best way to start a conversation with you?

A. I can talk endlessly about my kids or about baking. I’m a huge fan of “The Great British Baking Show.” Baking is one of the hobbies that I’ve kept up while being a full-time working mom

Q. What prompted you to study law and pursue it professionally?

A. I did the M.P.P. and J.D. at same time. I worked in politics for several years before I went to graduate school. My thought was that I’d probably continue working in politics and having both a J.D. and an M.P.P. would position me the best for whatever it was I decided I wanted to do. But I loved law school, so here I am.

Q. What books are on your bedside table or e-reader?

A. I have been reading for quite some time, “Sisters in Law,” about Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor. They were such trailblazers and made so many strides for women that I don’t think I’d be sitting here today if it weren’t for them and the women like them.

Q. What is a pet peeve of yours?

A. People being rude on the internet. The rise of social media has allowed people to forget basic civility and manners. I find that to be a very frustrating and dangerous trend. I get really disappointed when I see people that I know and respect and like behaving badly on the internet.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of being an attorney?

A. It’s incredibly satisfying to have clients come to you with a problem and being able to solve it for them. I love that.

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