Kristina M. Tridico's practice focuses primarily on corporate and business matters, with a particular emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and commercial arrangements. She has experience in a range of industries with a focus on those that are highly regulated and frequently advises clients on environmental law; energy law, including renewable energy; and agriculture law.

In her corporate practice, Kristina represents companies in connection with asset sales and acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and stock transactions. She advises clients on issues related to entity formation and structuring, strategic alternatives and general operations matters, including commercial agreement terms and conditions of customer, supplier and distributor agreements. Kristina's clients are involved in a variety of industries including automobile redistribution, health care, manufacturing, chemical manufacturing,  energy project development initiatives, and agriculture.  She assists clients on plans for accountability for the social and environmental impacts of their operations (corporate social responsibility/CSR) to balance shareholder demands and regulatory action.

A significant portion of Kristina 's practice is devoted to representing both entities and individuals on environmental matters. She works in environmental, natural resources and sustainability law, as well as general administrative agency practice. She represents businesses in environmental permitting and regulatory compliance in matters before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), state environmental protection agencies, including the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In addition to her general corporate practice, Kristina is often called upon to use her transaction background to assist in environmental aspects of the law, including the transfer of operations that are contaminated or potentially regulated by environmental laws. Kristina serves on the Firm's agricultural law initiative and practices energy and utilities law utilizing her audit and compliance regulatory background representing clients on North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance matters.

She has been a presenter for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Basic Environmental Law seminar on the topic of Environmental Contractual Provisions and Issues and has presented at the Manufacturers Education Council Symposium on Environment, Health and Safety. Her recent articles have appeared in the Indiana State Bar Association Environmental Newsletter and the Indiana Chamber GreeNotes.

Kristina graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Ohio University where she received her Bachelor of Science in environmental geography in 1996. She obtained her juris doctorate from University of Oregon School of Law, graduating in 1999 with a certificate in environmental law. While attending law school she was the articles editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation and was part of the Land Air Water Environmental Group.

Kristina joined the Firm as an associate in September 1999. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Kristina has worked on numerous merger and acquisition matters for more than a decade. She has successfully negotiated and closed numerous and varied transactions. In 2013, Kristina was counsel in the $1 billion acquisition of a client's loan portfolio which allowed the corporation to repurpose its lending direction. Kristina has represented a client in over 25 acquisitions of whole car auctions, salvage auctions, IT companies and related businesses with a combined value of over $390 million. In numerous representations of regulated industries she has become familiar with many of the issues that arise in the mergers and acquisitions landscape.
Representative Transactions
  • Indiana Finance Authority (IFA): Between September 2005 and June 30, 2006, a multi-disciplinary team of Ice Miller attorneys served as lead counsel for the $3.85 billion lease of the Indiana Toll Road. The lease, part of Gov. Daniels' Major Moves initiative, allowed the state to transfer operations and maintenance of the 157-mile highway across northern Indiana to an Australian-Spanish consortium. In addition to negotiating the lease, the transaction involved 3,000 parcels of land, a major piece of legislation, and three lawsuits. The Ice Miller team negotiated the transaction, Kristina led Ice Miller's environmental team and completed the assessment and disposition of the environmental permitting for the 157-mile highway, associated rest stops, infrastructure and storage tanks.
Selected Experience
  • Ice Miller represented Citizens Energy Group in its acquisition of the Water and Wastewater Systems of the City of Indianapolis, Ind., resulting in a price of approximately $2 billion. The Ice Miller team managed all legal aspects of the transaction (except for utility regulatory approvals), including due diligence review, environmental regulatory approval and statutory compliance issues. Kristina served as lead environmental counsel facilitating permit transfer matters among Citizens, the EPA and IDEM.
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "Sustainable American in the Twenty-first Century," Journal of Natural Resources & Environmental Law
  • "Environmental Contractual Provisions and Issues," ICLEF, Basic Environmental Law, Dec. 20, 2001
  • "Don't Dredge and Fill – Permits Upheld for Certain Wetlands," Indiana Chamber GreeNotes, October 2003
  • "Wetlands Still Making Waves," Ice Miller Special Bulletin, Sept. 25, 2003
  • "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land – Contiguous Property Owners Must Meet EPA Guidance to be Protected from Liability," Air and Waste Management Association Indiana Newsletter, March 2004
  • "Indiana Wetlands: Do I Need a Permit for That?" Association of Indiana Counties
  • "A Brief Discussion of Method 1631 and Streamlined Mercury Variances for Wastewater Dischargers," Indiana State Bar Association Environmental Newsletter
Speaking Engagements
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Utility Law Section 2013 Fall Seminar, Water and Wastewater Updates, September, 2013
  • Indiana Energy Conference - The Ever Changing World of NERC September, 2013
  • CDFA National Development Finance Summit - Reinvestment Focused Environmental Finance, August 2012
  • "Mercury in Wastewater - Discharge Methods and Regulations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky," Business and Industry's Symposium on Environment, Health and Safety, 2005
  • Chair, "An Open Forum on Mediation in State Administrative Law with Environmental & Land Use Agencies," Feb. 10, 2003
  • 11th Annual Business and Industry's Symposium on Environment, Health and Safety, 2002
  • Officer and Supervisor Liability Training Seminar
  • Chair, "Inside AOPA: The Judicial Perspective," Oct. 17, 2002
  • ICLEF Basic Environmental Law, Environmental Contractual Provisions and Issues, Dec. 20, 2001