Maya Zahn Rhine believes in advocating not only for her clients but also for diversity in the legal profession.
A member of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s real estate team in Madison, Zahn Rhine works with commercial real estate companies on leasing, acquisitions and dispositions. Besides advising clients on real estate transactions, she provides counsel on energy and mineral-law compliance and environmental litigation.
Notably, she recently served as the lead lawyer in “very sophisticated lease negotiations” for a publicly traded real estate investment trust, said Deborah Tomczyk, chairwoman of Reinhart’s real estate practice and a shareholder in the firm’s corporate-law practice.
Zahn Rhine, who has also represented national real estate developers, said she finds fulfilment in helping clients carry through a project from its inception.
“It’s fascinating to be involved from start to finish in that way — from the land patent all the way through to new construction,” she said.
Zahn Rhine started her career at a smaller southern Indiana firm specializing in mineral law after graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School.
Tomczyk describes her as a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion both within the firm and throughout the legal industry. A Korean-American, Zahn Rhine is a member of Reinhart’s diversity committee, where she serves as a mentor and resource.
In 2016, she joined the State Bar of Wisconsin’s diversity and inclusion oversight committee. She has also worked to strengthen the bar’s Diversity Clerkship Program, a 10-week summer internship that matches law students with employers throughout Wisconsin.
Zahn Rhine is on the board of directors of the Goodman Community Center, a nonprofit organization in Madison that promotes diversity using instructional, cultural and recreational programs.
“I am so happy to be working with Goodman to continue its mission of fostering diversity and empowering people of all ages, races and backgrounds, all of which has special meaning to me as a female, racial minority attorney and my family, which is multiracial,” she said.