Christine Nicholas is a seasoned business, real estate, and finance attorney whose experience includes domestic and international transactions for large and small clients. As former in-house counsel and assistant secretary for J.R. Simplot Company, Christine understands that a client needs timely, cost-effective, and practical legal solutions to business problems. Chambers USA described Ms. Nicholas as a “stand-out lawyer . . . praised for her blend of commerciality and pragmatism” and a lawyer who “impresses with her direct yet personable manner and business acumen.” She counsels clients in contract negotiation, business formation, business acquisitions and sales, commercial transactions, real estate acquisition, development and leasing, finance transactions, and general business matters.
Ms. Nicholas has served on the Moffatt Thomas Board of Directors since 2014, and she was elected President of the law firm for a three-year term from 2015-2017.
Client testimonials about her work include:
- “Moffatt Thomas-and especially Christine Nicholas-has become our main law firm as Christine has the knowledge we need in real estate law but can also support us in all other legal matter that may come our way. Building a relationship with Christine has been easy especially with the knowledge she has gained about our company and how best to protect us in our day to day business.”
- “Christine is extremely competent at managing all aspects of a transaction from the big picture to the detail. She is very business minded in her approach and able to manage diverse views to a common solution. She remains upbeat and positive even during times of stress and provides a calming influence to a project team. I sleep well at night when Christine is involved in a transaction knowing that we are going to achieve the best possible outcome for the Company and have fun doing it!”
- “From setting up our company structure to contract negotiations and purchase and sale agreements, Christine’s counsel has repeatedly proved invaluable.”
- “There aren’t many people in my nearly three decades of business that I can unequivocally recommend, but Christine is one of them. Her unique approach to her profession is problem-resolution and reaching client goals (rather than making situations appear to be big problems justifying big fees). How refreshing! . . . Truly a personal and professional pleasure to work with.”
Some of Christine’s representative engagements include:
- Represented borrower in $100 million participated term loan.
- Represented borrower in $250 million syndicated term loan.
- Represented lender in credit agreement providing for $6 million term loan, $4.5 million revolving line, and $2 million non-revolving line.
- Represented lender in credit agreement providing for $5 million revolving line with $1 million letter of credit sublimit, $2 million non-revolving line, and $6.25 million term loans.
- Represented borrower in $375 million syndicated credit facility providing for domestic and multi-currency commitments with lines of credit, swingline, and letters of credit facilities.
- Acquisition of frozen potato products manufacturing company located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Acquisition of turf-products retail distribution business with assets in 14 states, requiring compliance with requirements of federal anti-trust laws for pre-merger notification.
- Multi-million dollar acquisition by three-member buying consortium of turf seed assets and intellectual property (including PVP varieties) located in multiple states, involving approval of a bankruptcy court and compliance with requirements of federal anti-trust laws for pre-merger notification.
- Represented borrower in $275 million syndicated revolver and $105 million term loan.
- Represented lender in operating loan to a large trout farming operation, a flooring line to a large group of automobile dealerships, construction loans to real estate developers, and agricultural loan work-outs.
- $200 million leveraged lease of chemical plant, and lessee representation in other leveraged leases, synthetic leases and operating leases for rolling stock, railroad tank cars, and food processing line equipment.
- Provided legal support to large residential and commercial master planned subdivision, including covenant preparation (for residential phases and commercial components), development of form residential lot reservation and purchase agreements, negotiation and closing of commercial purchase agreements, build-to-suit leases, in-line retail leases, and pad site leases with local and national tenants.
- Provided legal support to mixed-use renovated warehouse development, including development of form leases for office tenants, retail tenants, and restaurant tenants; negotiated leases with local and national tenants.
- Provided legal support for the construction, financing, and operation of a condo project that included a 4-star hotel, residential condominiums, health club, events center with hospitality suites, restaurants, and public parking garage.
Getting to Know Ms. Nicholas
Christine spends her free time taking care of and training her horses. She enjoys competing in performance classes at Arabian horse shows. She prefers to show in Western Pleasure classes where, she says, there’s little risk of out-of-saddle experience and if she can’t wow the judge with her riding, she can blind the judge with bling. Presently she’s bringing along two young purebred Arabians, a 2008 bay gelding (TS Echlipse, barn name Eclipse) and a 2012 grey gelding (Jakarta Echo LH, barn name Cooper), with hopes of qualifying for the Arabian Horse Association U.S. National Championship Show someday.
The American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys (ACMA) have inducted Ms. Nicholas as a member in their organizations, both of which elect attorneys into fellowship by invitation only, and only after a rigorous screening process.
Ratings & Recognitions
- Martindale Hubbell – AV Preeminent Rating
- ACREL – American College of Real Estate Lawyers
- ACMA – American College of Mortgage Attorneys
- Best Lawyers in America© – Corporate Governance Law
- Chambers and Partners – Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate
- Mountain States Super Lawyers – Business/Corporate
- 2016 Idaho Leaders in Law, presented by the Idaho Business Review
- Burton Award for Legal Excellence, 2009, awarded at a Library of Congress awards ceremony featuring Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. The award was presented for Ms. Nicholas’ article “Teach an Old UCC Dog New Tricks, An overview of the U.N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods,” published in Business Law Today, Vol. 18, No. 1, Sept./Oct. 2008.
- Woman of the Year Leadership Award, Boise Chapter, National Association of Women Business Owners, 2009
- Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Award, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, Boise, Idaho, 2000
- IBR Leaders in Law Award, 2016 Firm Associated Partner
- J.D., University of Idaho College of Law, 1985
- B.B.A., University of Massachusetts School of Business Administration, cum laude, 1982
- Idaho Supreme Court
- Idaho State and Federal Courts
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Professional & Civic Activities
- President, Moffatt Thomas Board of Directors
- American Bar Association (Member, Business Law Section and International Law Section)
- Idaho State Bar
International Law Section – Chair, Treasurer, Secretary
Business and Corporate Law Section – Chair, Treasurer
Real Estate Section – Member
- ACREL – American College of Real Estate Lawyers
- ACMA – American College of Mortgage Attorneys
- Idaho Bankers Association, member
- “I Might Be Liable for What?” Business Formations and what it means to act like a corporation. Zions Bank Business Resource Center. August 4, 2016.
- “To Lease or Not to Lease! Considerations for the Construction Financial Manager When Leasing Equipment.” Presented to Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), April 28, 2016.
- “Breaking up is (Not so) hard to do.” Tenant Evictions. Presented to the International Real Estate Management Association-Snake River Chapter, May 2015.
- “Drones” and “Farm Leases” Presented to Leadership Idaho Agriculture at the Idaho Ag Summit, February 18, 2015.
- “THE TIE THAT BINDS: Covenants and Equitable Servitudes” The Tie that Binds – Covenants and Eq Servitudes
- “The ABC’s of the CISG,” seminar course materials, presented February 2014 Download PDF
- “International Data Privacy Laws – A Select Survey,” seminar course materials presented January 2013 Download PDF
- “Innovation and the Law: Entering New Markets – from Commercializing to Internationalizing,” seminar course materials, November 2011 Download PDF
- “A Comparison of the UN Convention for the International Sale of Goods and Idaho’s Uniform Commercial Code,” The Advocate, Vol. 52, No. 9, Sept. 2009
- “Teach an Old UCC Dog New Tricks, An Overview of the U. N. Convention on the International Sale of Goods,” Business Law Today, Vol. 18, No. 1, Sept./Oct. 2008 Link to ABA
- “What is a Business Lawyer?” The Advocate, Vol. 49, No. 9, Oct. 2006
- “What’s a Director to Do?” The Advocate, Vol. 49, No. 9, Oct. 2006
- “Article 2A–Equipment Leasing,” seminar course materials, May 2005
- “Negotiating Difficult Clauses in Business Agreements,” seminar course materials, May 2002
- “Third-Party Legal Opinions – Secured Financing Transactions,” seminar course materials, Feb. 1993
- Ballet Idaho, Board Member (2003-2007), Secretary (2009-2016)
- Boise Saddle and Jump Club, President (2005-2007)
- Volunteer presenter on Choice of Business Entity at SBA/SCORE programs (1989-1991)