Cito Selinger practices in real estate, commercial and corporate law, with an emphasis on affordable housing and community redevelopment. In his affordable housing and community redevelopment practice, Cito represents developers, lenders and investors, and is lead counsel to developers of multimillion dollar projects using financing vehicles such as the low income housing tax credit, historic tax credit and New Markets tax credit.
Prior to joining the firm, Cito worked at another large firm in Portland and served as law clerk to former Chief Justice Daniel E. Wathen and the late Justice David A. Nichols of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.
Cito’s community activities generally relate to housing and social services. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition and is the Secretary-Treasurer. He is a member and past President of the Board of Directors of Preble Street, and received that organization’s “Board Member of the Year” award in 2007. He was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Freeport Community Services. Cito has received several Preservation Honor Awards from Maine Preservation and Greater Portland Landmarks for his role in landmark redevelopment projects throughout Maine. In 2003, Cito received the Hope Award from Shalom House, in recognition of his community service in affordable housing for mental health consumers. Cito also served for nine years as a Trustee of the Freeport Historical Society.
Cito was named the Best Lawyers® 2015 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland, ME and was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2017 in the fields of Real Estate and Project Finance Law.
- Real Estate
- General Business, Corporate and Finance
- J.D.,—Georgetown University Law Center—1985
- B.A., English—Bowdoin College—1981
Bar Admissions and Memberships
- Maine State Bar Association
- Represented Maine’s largest nonprofit developer of affordable housing in connection with its acquisition, financing and development of a “Housing First” project that included an emergency shelter, a “safe haven” dormitory and twenty-five apartments in Portland that involved a combination of low income housing tax credits, FedHome subsidies from the State and City of Portland, and Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program direct subsidy.
- Lead counsel in the acquisition and redevelopment of the former Hathaway Shirt factory in Waterville, Maine, a $35 million project financed with New Markets tax credits and federal and state historic tax credits.
- Represented a senior leveraged lender in a $25 million financing that included New Markets tax credits and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits for the redevelopment of a large mill in New Market, New Hampshire.