Christopher J. Dusseau

Chris Dusseau has broad experience in commercial and real estate investments and is frequently involved in structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing asset-based and real estate-secured transactions. Chris also assists real estate owners and developers in all aspects of the acquisition, financing, construction, renovation and disposition of their assets. With experience in all phases of litigation and other dispute resolution, he effectively represents creditors in loan workouts, foreclosures, restructurings and commercial collections. Additionally, Chris drafts, reviews and negotiates all types of construction, design, engineering and development contracts.

Formerly the senior vice president and corporate counsel of a local private equity firm focused in the hospitality industry, Chris provides legal counsel for both day-to-day asset management and loan servicing.


  • Multi-state mortgage lender acquisition transaction closing

    Closed complex transaction spanning over a nine-month time period, involving the acquisition by client purchaser of a regulated multi-state mortgage lender, including negotiation and completion of a $10 million subordinated debt facility, a $17 million securities offering to investors in over 20 states, structuring the acquisition transaction and roll-over of equity and several other related joint venture transactions.

  • Financing for the renovation of hotel properties

    Represented administrative agent in $30 million financing the construction and renovation of private equity sponsored hotels in St. Louis, MO. The transaction involved complicated co-lender negotiations as well as negotiations with a leveraged equity lender.

  • 30-day hotel loan deal closing

    Represented a bank in a hotel loan deal in which it was extremely important to the bank's customer, the borrower, to close the deal in less than 30 days. As our team dug into the diligence, it became clear that this deal was significantly more complicated than it was initially described by the borrower. However, despite the tight turnaround and roadblocks, the deal closed on time.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member, Franklin County Public Defender Commission, 2009–present
  • Member, Upper Arlington Rotary Club, 2006–present
  • Volunteer Coach, Youth Lacrosse, 2013–present
  • Graduate, Leadership Upper Arlington, 2007

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2003

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 2020-2022


  • University of Oregon (J.D.), 2003
  • University of Notre Dame (B.A), 1999; Men’s Lacrosse (Team Captain, All-American)
Team Peloton
Team Peloton

An avid cyclist, Chris has been involved in Columbus’ annual Pelotonia bicycle race, raising money for innovative cancer research. 

Hall of Famer
Hall of Famer

Chris was an “All-American” lacrosse player in both high school and college and was recently inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame. 

Home Town Boy
Home Town Boy

A graduate of Upper Arlington High School, Chris continues to reside in UA with his wife and three boys.