Initially interested in pursuing psychology, Christine Waisanen ultimately decided to follow her great-grandfather and cousins into law. There, she could still use her passion for psychology while achieving her goals of making the world a better place and seeking justice. She proceeded to obtain a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan in 1971 and a JD from the University of Denver in 1975. She was admitted to the bar of Colorado in 1975 and the D.C. bar in 1978.
Degrees in hand, Ms. Waisanen set out into the workforce. She spent 1969 to 1979 as a labor relations attorney for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and 1979 to 1987 as a government relations specialist for ICI Americas, Inc. After a brief interlude as the director of cultural affairs for the City of Wilmington in 1987, Ms. Waisanen opened her own firm, Hill, Katzenstein & Waisanen, in 1988. She remains there to this day as the founder and chief writer, and is skilled in administrative law. She also maintains a position as the chairman of the Delaware State Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board and as the president of the University of Michigan Club of Delaware.
Ms. Waisanen ensured she stayed connected to peers by joining prominent professional organizations like the Federal Bar Association and the Junior League of Wilmington. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, she was featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Looking to the future, Ms. Waisanen hopes to be remembered as scholarly and fair. If she could offer some advice to the younger generations, it would be to be persistent and polite.