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Stephanie Hill
Stephanie HillStephanie Hill is the founder of Keystone Legal PLLC. Her transactional business practice focuses on commercial real estate, real estate financing, New Markets Tax Credits and local counsel opinions. She is involved in all aspects of commercial real estate, including development, purchase and sale, commercial leasing, 1031 tax-deferred exchanges and warehouse and distribution agreements. She also has extensive experienced representing borrowers and lenders in term loans, construction financing, subordinate loans, financing and syndication loans.

After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, she clerked at the Minnesota Supreme Court for Justice Sandra Gardebring. Following her clerkship, Stephanie joined the Minneapolis firm of Faegre & Benson LLP, where she became a partner in 2005. She left big firm life behind to form Keystone Legal PLLC in 2009. Before attending law school, Stephanie was a magna cum laude graduate of Wheaton College, Illinois and holds a master of divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She served for ten years as a United Methodist pastor before venturing into the legal profession.

Stephanie was awarded an AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings.  It is established solely on a peer review basis. This designation signifies that Stephanie has been rated by judges and fellow attorneys for her legal abilities and ethical standards. The AV Preeminent rating is awarded to less than five percent of all attorneys across the U.S. and is the  highest possible rating given by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubble for a lawyer.

Stephanie is admitted to practice in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Her current affiliations include the American Bar Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, Hennepin County Bar Association and Minnesota Lavender Bar Association. She serves as pro bono General Counsel for OneWheaton, a tax-exempt organization supporting LGBT students and alumni of Wheaton College (IL)*. She has authored a number of articles and CLEs on topics as diverse as writing legal opinions for real estate closings, real estate financing transactions, New Markets Tax Credits, and using title insurance to solve difficult closing issues. She was recently featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal on home ownership and unmarried couples, and has written on the same topic for GPSolo, a publication of the American Bar Association. Click to read more.

(*OneWheaton is not affiliated with, or sponsored by, Wheaton College.)

Stephanie is married and lives in Minneapolis.

Christina Szitta
christyChristy Szitta is a real estate attorney who focuses on commercial real estate transactions. Christy is an Of Counsel Attorney to Keystone Legal PLLC.

Christy was an associate in the real estate group at Faegre & Benson LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels), where she worked on many types of commercial real estate transactions, including low income housing tax credit deals and New Markets Tax Credit deals. While at Faegre, Christy was named a Minnesota Rising Star.

After working at Faegre for more than four years, Christy worked at Volunteer Lawyers Network (VLN), a small nonprofit that matches volunteer attorneys with low-income clients. Christy served as a resource attorney, supporting VLN’s housing and criminal expungement programs by mentoring volunteer attorneys, developing resources for volunteers, and working directly with clients. VLN’s housing programs included landlord/tenant law, foreclosure prevention and real estate law.

Christy attended the University of Minnesota Law School and Macalester College. In addition to her pro bono legal work, she served as a board member and president of the Hennepin County Bar Foundation.

She lives in Saint Paul with her husband.

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When you need an experienced real estate and commercial lawyer in Minneapolis, contact Keystone Legal PLLC. We offer big firm quality without big firm prices. Call (612) 455-6044 for an appointment, or send us an email.