Charles H. McCreary

Charles "Dusty" McCreary practices real estate law emphasizing representation of national and regional real estate developers and institutional commercial mortgage lenders. Dusty serves as lead counsel for national banks in real estate secured transactions including mixed use and lifestyle centers, major condominium developments, single family (revolving loan) developments, and hospitals, hotels, shopping centers, apartments and office buildings in Ohio and more than 30 other states. He is Ohio counsel for numerous out-of-state lenders in connection with Ohio projects and lead counsel for numerous national, regional and local developers of retail developments, office buildings, warehouses, single and multi-family residential developments and senior and congregate-care housing.

"For 27 years, Dusty has provided very sound legal direction. Of all Dusty's many qualities as an attorney, the one we value the most is his ability to quickly ascertain the key issues and work toward a solution. If you want to get a deal done in real estate, there is none better than Dusty McCreary."

Clay Cookerly, Hammerhead Investments, as quoted in Best Lawyers, 2018

"Dusty's knowledge of real estate law is truly impressive. Everyone has a high regard and the utmost respect for him. An introduction from Dusty carries amazing weight. "

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"Dusty McCreary is very experienced and seasoned and always works to get a deal done. His knowledge of real estate law is truly impressive and his connections are phenomenal."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2017

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Past Member, Legislative Committee, the Ohio Mortgage Bankers Association
  • Past Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
  • Past Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Past chairman, Legislative Committee, the Central Ohio chapter of NAIOP
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Community Housing Network
  • Past Member, Rotary Club of Columbus
  • Past member, Board of Trustees, The Columbus Academy
  • Instructor, Capital University New Center for Professional Development, "Commercial Real Estate Finance," 2004 - 2006

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Anatomy of a Ground Lease," Columbus Bar Association, 2009
  • Speaker, "Loan Participations and Syndications," Columbus Bar Association, 2009
  • Speaker, "Conveyance Fee Exempt Transfers," Central Ohio Chapter of NAIOP, 2007
  • Speaker, "Real Estate Financing," Ohio State Bar Association C.L.E. Institute, 2000
  • "Third Party Legal Opinions," Columbus Bar Association Real Property Institute, 1998
  • Speaker, "Subordination, Attornment and Non-Disturbance Agreements," Ohio State Bar Association Real Property Seminar, 1997
  • Speaker, "Issues Involved in Title and Survey Review," Columbus Bar Association Real Property Institute, 1997
  • Speaker, "Negotiating and Closing the Commercial Real Estate Loan," Columbus Bar Association Real Property Institute, 1996
  • Speaker, "The Commercial Real Estate Loan from Cradle to Grave," Ohio C.L.E. Institute, 1994

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Real Property Section Committee on Loan Practices and Lender Liability; Real Property Section Committee on Mortgages and Other Debt Financing; Leasehold Financing Subcommittee and Subcommittee on Judicial Decisions and Legislative Developments
  • Member, American Bar Association; Ohio State Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association (Real Property and Financial Institutions Committees)

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 1993–2020
  • Senior Statesperson, ChambersUSA, Real Estate, 2019; Band 1 ranking, 2011–2018
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Real Estate: Business), 2004–2019
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed, Who's Who in Commercial Real Estate, Columbus Monthly, 1995


  • Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1978)
  • Duke University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975)
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