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Christine Brady Hoag, 34

Christine Brady HoagAssociate, Polsinelli

Location: Kansas City

Practice Areas: Real estate, real estate finance, financial services

Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

When she came back to work after the birth of her twin daughters, Christine Brady Hoag experienced a surprising realization.

“I can be a mom and an attorney,” she said. “I was wondering if I could return to the same profession and life once my whole world had changed at home. It took some time, but navigating the ‘working mom’ waters has been extremely rewarding.”

As a real estate finance attorney, Hoag handles and manages sizeable commercial transactions, including originating, servicing and restructuring of clients’ real estate loans.

She has been involved as lender’s counsel in nearly 100 commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions and more than 44 bridge loan closings. In addition, she teams up with two other senior associates and leads weekly training sessions and programming for her firm.

As a law school student, Hoag was part of the UMKC Law Review staff and participated in a national American Bar Association Competition. She also joined her peers in service projects with Habitat for Humanity and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

What advice do you have for young lawyers?

Take every opportunity made available to you. You never know which phone call, networking event or meeting might lead to your next job. You can’t have too many contacts.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

Voice performance. That was originally my major in my undergrad years. I once played the role of Orphan Annie in the musical “Annie.” I still believe “The sun will come out, tomorrow!” I’m an optimist.