Christy L. Reuter

Chair, Hotel & Hospitality

Christy Reuter is a Partner at MSF in the firm’s Hotel & Hospitality, Real Estate and Corporate Groups. Ms. Reuter specializes in domestic and global hospitality transactions and represents hospitality companies seeking to expand within the United States and in countries around the world. She has negotiated deals in cities throughout the United States and in various countries and cities, including Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Japan, Turkey, and Monaco.

Ms. Reuter provides strategic legal and business counsel to clients at every stage of a transaction. She regularly guides clients through the material business and legal issues in complex corporate transactions including joint venture negotiations, operating or shareholder agreements, license and management agreements and commercial leasing. Ms. Reuter also regularly assists clients with review of employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements and vendor and contractor agreements.


St. John’s University School of Law. J.D.

State University of New York at Albany. B.A. (English National Honor Society)


State of New York

Southern District of New York

Eastern District of New York

Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Supreme Court of the United States of America

Prior Experience

Before joining MSF in 2016, Ms. Reuter was the principal attorney at Reuter Law PLLC. Prior to establishing her own firm, Ms. Reuter was General Counsel for the global hospitality company, Cipriani, for 7 years. Ms. Reuter was previously a partner at Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck P.C. in NYC from 1997 – 2006, and an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York in the NYC Litigation Bureau from 1995 – 1997.

Representative Matters

Represented renowned Greek restaurant operators in connection with a 10,000 square foot, high-end restaurant lease in a luxury, ocean-front condominium which is currently under construction in Miami, Florida.

Represented Zuma Las Vegas with its lease at The Cosmopolitan Hotel of Las Vegas.

Represented Nusr-Et Steakhouse in a purchase and sale agreement and lease assignment from China Grill restaurant in the landmarked CBS building in NYC to launch its flagship U.S. restaurant, and in a lease assignment to open its second restaurant in Miami, Florida and handled all corporate matters.

Represented Zuma with its lease at One Dalton, a newly constructed luxury residence and hotel in Boston. Zuma Boston will be its fourth U.S. restaurant.

Represented owners of a boutique hotel in connection with its purchase, construction and re-branding of a landmarked hotel in lower Manhattan.

Represented Inko Nito, an affiliate company of Zuma and newly established brand in the U.S., in connection with the negotiation of two leases where it launched its first Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles, California.

Represented Etaru with the launch of their newly established brand in the U.S., in two locations in South Florida – Hallandale Beach and Las Olas.

Represented Mr. C with its hotel management agreement at Mr. C Beverly Hills in California.

Represented chef-owned hospitality company in connection with multiple hotel food and beverage operations.

Represented owners of Peruvian-Asian themed restaurant in negotiation of the company operating agreement for its first restaurant in Miami.

Represented international retail company in connection with leases in Boston and San Francisco.

Represented various international hospitality companies in negotiating leases, management and license agreements to open restaurants in England, Turkey, Abu Dhabi, Monaco, Dubai and Japan.

Lead counsel in successful defense action against the Cipriani Group by waiters claiming violations of NY Labor Law as determined by the New York Court of Appeals, Bynog v. Cipriani Group, et al., 1 N.Y.3d 193 (2003).


Member, Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA)