Former Healthcare Legal Executive Maria Christu Joins Latitude’s Minneapolis Office | Latitude Legal

Former Healthcare Legal Executive Maria Christu Joins Latitude’s Minneapolis Office

Christu Will Serve as Director of Legal Recruiting and Placement, Connecting Outstanding Legal Talent with Flexible Legal Roles

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 23, 2022) – Maria Christu has joined Latitude as Director of Legal Recruiting and Placement in the company’s Minneapolis office. In this role, she works with experienced attorneys, paralegals, legal operations professionals and compliance officers in Minnesota and nationwide to place them in sophisticated flexible engagement and permanent positions with Latitude’s legal department and law firm clients.

Before joining Latitude, Maria served for 18 years as Chief Legal Officer and Senior Vice President of Advocacy at Children’s Minnesota, a 400+ bed pediatric health system in Minneapolis/St. Paul. In that role, Maria led the legal, compliance, risk management, information security and government affairs functions for the organization. Prior to her position at Children’s Minnesota, Maria was an Associate General Counsel at UnitedHealth Group. Her legal career started at the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office where she advised government agencies on healthcare regulatory matters.

“Maria’s outstanding legal experience and her knowledge of the Minnesota market allows her to connect with our candidates as a peer and understand our clients’ needs and expectations,” said Michelle Culligan, Partner at Latitude Minneapolis. “I’m so excited to welcome her talent and insight to our legal recruiting and placement team as we work to match outstanding candidates with the sophisticated, flexible engagements Latitude offers.”

“Latitude values client satisfaction and helping candidates achieve a fulfilling life and career in the law. I look forward to supporting legal professionals like me by matching them with the flexible engagements or permanent roles that align with their personal and career goals,” Christu said.

Christu earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from Mitchell Hamline School of Law. She is an adjunct professor and a member of the Health Law Institute Advisory Board at Mitchell Hamline. She is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the American Health Law Association.

Headquartered in Nashville, Latitude entered Minneapolis in January 2022 under the leadership of Culligan, a former Big Law Partner and corporate General Counsel. The company has offices in ten major cities nationwide.

About Latitude

Latitude is a legal services company that specializes in employing and providing former in-house counsel and Big Law attorneys and paralegals to legal departments and law firms nationwide. The company attracts outstanding legal talent for contract and contract-to-hire roles (as well as for permanent positions) by offering sophisticated work, great clients and competitive pay and benefits along with a refreshing combination of flexibility and boundaries. Our clients range from Fortune 500 corporations to small companies and Global 50 law firms to boutiques.

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