Christopher Milito, who is 37, joined the law firm Morrison Cohen almost a year ago and quickly got swept up in one of the most prominent real estate deals of the year: the Domino Sugar factory. Mr. Milito represents the Katan Group, which owns the Domino site in partnership with the Community Preservation Corporation, and he has led the company’s efforts to block CPC’s efforts to sell the site—including a deal with Two Trees—for what it claims are below-market prices. Mr. Milito spoke to The Commercial Observer about why winning in the courtroom isn’t always the goal of a good litigator and his time learning the ropes of litigating while starting out in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
The Commercial Observer: That’s a great watch you’re wearing. A Rolex, that’s the standard watch of any lawyer’s lawyer, right?
Mr. Milito: It is, I guess. It’s my first and only nice watch; when I proposed to my fiancé, we didn’t have any money, so I used my mother’s diamond, which is like less than half a carat—my dad was a cop, but they got divorced. There was an Italian tradition: when you get engaged, the woman’s family buys you a nice watch, and so I told my wife’s family this, half in jest. They’re from Korea, but they know someone in the jewelry business, and next thing I know I have a Rolex. It’s the nicest thing I own, literally.