Cito Selinger practices in real estate, commercial and corporate law, with 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 on multimillion dollar projects using financing vehicles such as the low income housing tax credit, historic tax credit (federal and state) 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 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. Cito served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, was President and Secretary-Treasurer and remains active in that organization. Cito has received numerous Preservation Honor Awards from Maine Preservation and Greater Portland Landmarks for his role as counsel 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 2019 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
- Local counsel in the acquisition and redevelopment of the historic Portland Press Herald building in Portland, Maine, a $25 million project financed with New Markets tax credits and federal and state historic tax credits.
- Lead counsel on a “Housing First” project for chronically homeless persons suffering from a variety of medical issues financed primarily with the low income housing tax credit.
- 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.