Cristina Coronado, a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Real Estate Department, has been named to the Utah Business “30 Women to Watch” list, which celebrates Utah’s most successful and influential women as selected by their peers. This year’s group of honorees will be recognized at a ceremony on May 17, 2017, at the Grand America Hotel.

“I am thrilled to be named among this highly distinguished group of women,” Ms. Coronado said.

Ms. Coronado focuses on complex real estate developments, acquisition and disposition of commercial properties, commercial leasing, and zoning and land use. Her extensive experience with acquisitions and dispositions includes retail, industrial, multifamily, resort, solar, and mining projects, and she frequently handles industrial, office, and retail leasing on both the landlord and tenant sides.

Ms. Coronado recently has represented clients in successful and significant land use and development projects in Utah. Ms. Coronado assisted with the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park, the first utility-scale solar power plant in Utah, which was developed by Scatec Solar North America, Inc., and its Norwegian parent, Scatec Solar AS. She also assisted with the long-awaited Harmons that opened in Santa Clara last winter—a 67,500-square-foot grocery store that is Santa Clara’s first large employer, with 240 employees.

Ms. Coronado has been involved with CREW Utah for many years as President of the Board, Membership Chair, Secretary, and Sponsorship Chair. The organization, founded in 2007, is affiliated with the national CREW organization, which has more than 9,500 CREW Network members representing women in nearly every discipline within the commercial real estate industry, and chapters in more than 70 major markets across North America. During her term as President, the Utah chapter hosted a national CREW event, and the second annual CREW Utah gala, which was so financially successful that it enabled CREW Utah to launch its Elevate Scholarship program.

“Cristina is a dynamic real estate attorney and is well-known and respected in the industry,” said Bart I. Mellits, Chair of Ballard Spahr's Real Estate Department. “She is an asset to the firm and the business community not only for her legal skill, but also for her community involvement. She is certainly deserving of this recognition.”

Ms. Coronado has been involved, pro bono, with helping victims of domestic or other violence obtain naturalization as part of the U visa program. The U visa is a nonimmigrant visa set aside for victims of crimes (and their immediate family members) who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse and are willing to assist law enforcement and government officials in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.

She also has represented Hawkwatch International on a pro bono basis, helping them obtain land use approvals to build mews for hawks. Hawkwatch is dedicated to environmental conservation through education, long-term monitoring, and scientific research on raptors as indicators of ecosystem health. In 2012, Ms. Coronado received Ballard Spahr’s Pro Bono Award for her efforts co-leading a team working with Appleseed public interest justice network to draft an issue brief concerning legal rights and challenges to education and benefits for homeless youth.

“Our clients appreciate Cristina’s depth of experience and the industry insight she brings to the table when helping them with complex real estate matters,” said Mark R. Gaylord, Managing Partner of the firm’s Salt Lake City office. “Not only is she a highly accomplished attorney, but she also enthusiastically embraces the firm’s commitment to provide pro bono legal services to those who otherwise could not afford them.”