Christopher M. Nalls

Chris Nalls has a multifaceted practice that focuses on transactional and regulatory matters.

Chris advises lenders, private developers and public entities in the financing and development of commercial real estate, as well as economic development and energy infrastructure projects. He has provided counsel for projects collectively valued at over $500 million in Ohio and across the United States. Additionally, he has experience in matters related to real estate acquisition, commercial leasing, zoning, land use, renewable energy development, secured transactions and general corporate governance.

Chris represents energy industry clients before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state regulatory agencies. He has experience in tariff administration, transmission rate design, energy and capacity markets, and interconnection agreements. He has also represented energy clients in a wide range of proceedings, including formal administrative hearings, settlement conferences and regulatory compliance audits. In the past, Christopher served as an associate with two Washington D.C.-based firms. Additionally, he had a two-year clerkship in FERC’s Office of Administrative Law Judges and Dispute Resolution.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Director, Foundation of the Energy Law Journal Board of Directors, 2017–2019
  • Member, Commercial Real Estate Development Association (NAIOP), Dayton Chapter
  • Member, National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Co-chair, FERC Practice and Administrative Law Committee, Energy Bar Association, 2014

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, “Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing,” Montgomery County Township Association, November 2017
  • Weekly contributing author, Washington Energy Report, 2015–2017
  • Panelist, “Careers in Energy Law,” Howard Environmental and Energy Law Society (HEELS), 2013
  • Co-author, "FERC Practice and Administrative Law Judges Committee Report," Energy Law Journal, Volume 34, No. 2, 2013
  • Co-author, "Electricity Regulation Committee Report," Energy Law Journal, Volume 34, No. 1, 2013
  • Author, “EPA Regulation of the Electric Utility Sector" (white paper), American Association of Blacks in Energy, 2012

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2018
  • Admitted, District of Columbia, 2017
  • Admitted, State of Texas, 2013
  • Member, Dayton Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Leadership Dayton, Class of 2019
  • Listed, Top 40 under 40 in Washington, D.C., The National Black Lawyers, 2016


  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.), 2012; Recipient, Congressman John Delaney Scholarship
  • University of Dayton (B.A. in Political Science), 2007