Baker & McKenzie has added Christina Conlin as Counsel in the North America International Commercial Practice in Chicago, bringing extensive experience as a senior in-house lawyer focused on franchise and distribution, regulatory compliance and complex commercial litigation matters.
Most recently, Ms. Conlin served in Munich, Germany as Chief Compliance Officer for McDonald's Corporation's European markets, providing strategic leadership and guidance on regulatory compliance and corporate governance for 39 markets across Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. She also previously served as General Counsel of McDonald's US Central Division, where she led a legal team that advised the company and its senior leadership on franchising, supply chain, real estate and operational matters. Ms. Conlin also worked for more than a decade as a trial lawyer in private practice, representing franchisors, distributors, real estate developers, manufacturers and others in court and arbitration.
"Christina is well-versed in the challenges facing multinational corporations as they expand domestically and across borders," said Miguel Noyola, Chair of the Firm's North America International Commercial Practice. "Her broad in-house experience at McDonald's will augment our franchise capabilities and allow her to provide unique insights to our clients. We are very pleased to have her on our team."
Ms. Conlin will work closely with other members of the Firm's consumer goods and franchise and distribution teams, providing counsel to clients as they navigate compliance and regulatory risks of domestic and international matters. She will also advise clients on franchise disputes and enterprise risk management.
Baker & McKenzie's International Commercial Practice regularly represents clients in North American and international franchise, master franchise and development matters, joint ventures, distribution and supply arrangements and similar agreements in almost every commercialized jurisdiction around the world. The practice has a history of representing some of the best known franchisors and distribution companies throughout the business lifecycle, from start-up to middle-market expansion to global growth. Chambers Global has consistently recognized the Firm as a leading US and global franchising practice.
"I am thrilled to join Baker & McKenzie," Ms. Conlin said. "I look forward to utilizing my global in-house experience to provide informed and practical guidance to our clients as they manage and grow their business."
Ms. Conlin joining the Firm's International Commercial Practice in Chicago follows the arrival of franchise and distribution lawyers, Will Woods and Ann Hurwitz in Dallas, and corporate and franchise lawyer Maggie Vaughan in Washington, DC. Overall, Baker & McKenzie has added 57 lateral hires in North America over the last two years, as it continues to strengthen its presence in key markets.
Ms. Conlin received her BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.