Carissa Cruse brings a combination of business and legal acumen to The Mid-Continent Companies, Ltd. Before becoming an attorney, Carissa worked for the nation’s largest food broker. She managed teams and communication amongst large consumer packaged goods manufacturers including Minute Maid, Campbells, Georgia Pacific, and Starbucks. After law school, Carissa worked as a corporate attorney for a global law firm in Midtown Manhattan. She assisted on many deals within the capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, and fund formation practice groups. All deals ranged in value from $125MM to $4B. She also led pro bono matters related to the creation of Supplemental Needs Trusts for low income individuals.
Carissa graduated from Georgetown University Law Center while serving on the editorial board of the Food and Drug Law Review where her legal research on food fraud was published. While in law school, Carissa held internships at a personal injury law firm, under the Honorable Jeff Bohm for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, under the Honorable Brett Busby (who now serves on the Texas Supreme Court) for the 14th Court of Appeals, as a legal fellow for Congressman Filemon Vela, at the Securities and Exchange Commission as part of the Student Honors Program, and as a pro bono intern at the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in D.C. Carissa earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Denver, majoring in International Business Management and minoring in Spanish. Carissa, originally from Colorado, resides in Houston, Texas with her husband and two pups. She enjoys time with her family, traveling, and scuba diving.
Carissa is admitted to practice law in Texas, Colorado, and New York.