Christopher N. Swank

Chris Swank's practice includes general commercial real estate law and commercial real estate lending, with an emphasis on conventional commercial real estate finance, low-income housing tax credit finance, historic tax credit finance and government-based subsidized finance and guaranty programs. His practice also includes general real estate matters relating to the acquisition, development, leasing, and sale of commercial real estate, together with residential and commercial condominium projects.

Chris represents banks and financial institutions in connection with acquisition loans, construction loans, equity bridge loans, permanent loans and other commercial financing. He has significant experience in representing financial institutions in conventional commercial real estate lending transactions of all types.

Chris is best known for his extensive experience representing financial institutions in tax credit financing transactions throughout Ohio, the Midwest and the United States. He has assisted financial institutions in closing hundreds of construction and permanent loans for projects supported by a combination of low-income housing tax credits, historic tax credits, USDA Rural Development 515 financing, USDA Rural Development 538 loan guaranties, HUD based financing and other types of subsidized financing, including complex construction loan transactions that involve multiple layers of financing and grant sources.

Chris also represents banks and financial institutions in real estate loan workouts and restructurings. In addition, Chris represents real estate clients in connection with the acquisition, development, leasing and sale of commercial real estate projects and the development, creation and conversion of both residential and commercial condominium projects, including, but not limited to, medical office building condominiums.

"Chris is a very detailed, knowledgeable lawyer who doesn't miss a beat on complex deals. "

Bricker client as quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, “Entity Structures of LIHTC Borrowers,” national platform lending client, August 2013
  • Speaker, "Tips for Obtaining RD 538 Permanent Loan Note Guaranty", Section 538 Rural Rental Housing (GRRH) Regional Conference, October 23-24, 2007
  • Speaker, "ABC's of Leasing," Bricker & Eckler LLP Lender Seminar, February 21, 2008

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Ohio Bar Association; Columbus Bar Association (Admissions Committee)

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 2010–2020
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Real Estate with a Band 3 ranking, 2013–2019; Band 4 ranking, 2012; Up and Coming ranking, 2010–2011
  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Real Estate: Business; Banking), 2005–2007, 2009–2016


  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D. with honors, 2002); Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity
  • Miami University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1999)
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