Chris focuses his practice on commercial real estate transactions, including the representation of investors, owners, and developers in connection with the development, leasing, acquisition, financing, and disposition of property throughout the United States.  His experience spans a wide variety of asset types, including multi-family, college student housing, senior housing, assisted living, office, industrial, hotel, retail, and mixed use.

As a substantial part of his practice, Chris counsels national and regional shopping center developers and retail chain tenants, including restaurant franchisees, and is fully versed in the unique and complex issues that arise during the development, leasing, financing, and operation of retail and mixed-use projects. Additionally, Chris assists owners, developers, municipalities, and redevelopment commissions in the acquisition, disposition, and redevelopment of environmentally contaminated properties.

Chris’s practice also includes general corporate counseling as well as private equity and other complex business and commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, divestitures, and corporate financing.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. He earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was Executive Notes Editor of the Notre Dame Journal of Legislation.

While in law school, Chris authored and published two articles: (1) “Incentivizing Cooperation: A Solution to Forest Grove’s Suboptimal Outcome”, which was published in the Journal of Legislation and (2) “To Tax or Not to Tax, That is the Question: Searching for a Solution to the Increasing Commercialization of Intercollegiate Athletics”, which was published in the Journal of College and University Law.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Real Estate Law (2024)

  • Honoree, Best Lawyers® “Ones to Watch,” Real Estate Law

    (2021 – 2023)

All Service Areas


  • University of Notre Dame Law School (2011)
  • Cornell University (2008)


  • State - Indiana
  • State - Ohio

Speeches and Publications

Presenter, “The Current State of Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities: New and Existing Loans,” Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Department of Continuing Legal Education’s 45th Annual Real Estate Law Institute, November 2, 2023.

Managing the complexities of a forward purchase,” Greater Cleveland Partnership COSE Column, Mind Your Business (September 2022).

Professional Affiliations

  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)


  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Cornell Real Estate Council


  • Indianapolis Bar Association

    Member, Real Estate and Land Use Section
    Past Member, Executive Committee, Business Law Section

  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)


Community Involvement

  • Signature Health

    Member, Board of Directors (2023 – Present)

  • Notre Dame Alumni Club of Indianapolis