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David K. Conrad

Dave Conrad's practice includes commercial real estate law/real estate and asset-based commercial lending and workout, emphasizing representation of financial institutions and developers in connection with commercial real estate loans, including hotels, office buildings, apartments, nursing homes, condominiums and shopping centers. He represents construction and permanent mortgage lenders in negotiation and documentation of commercial loans (new and restructured).

Dave’s practice also includes general real estate matters; the workout of troubled loans; negotiating and drafting leases, acquisition and sales contracts, operating agreements and lender liability litigation. He has additional experience in the purchase and sale of loans and loan servicing, including loan participation agreements and syndicated loans. Dave has been the lead Ohio attorney on many energy-related projects relating to all real estate, finance and closing matters. He provides creative solutions to real estate matters throughout Ohio, the Midwest, and other parts of the country. 

"David Conrad is an exceptional leader and provides insight well beyond just legal issues. He understands the business side of transactions and is pragmatic."

Paul Ghidotti, The Daimler Group, as quoted in Best Law Firms, 2019

"David Conrad is a 'top-notch' real estate lawyer who has particular expertise in commercial real estate law, representing hotels, shopping centers and nursing homes, as well as financial institutions and developers."

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2018

"David Conrad is an "outstanding lawyer" and "extraordinarily good problem-solver.” "

As quoted in Chambers USA, 2019

Experience

  • Ohio’s largest PACE transaction

    Served as PACE counsel on the $16.3 million refinancing of a construction loan. The project funds eligible upgrades to a hotel near The Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. Energy efficient improvements include upgrades to the lighting and the building envelope.

  • Syndicated construction loan

    Represented a lender in connection with a syndicated construction loan for a large office/residential project including a bridge loan addressing timing issues with public financing.

  • Campus housing refinancing

    Represented a lender in connection with the refinancing of a collateral pool of 55 one- to four-unit single-family residential investment properties in close proximity to The Ohio State University campus. 

  • "Bridge Street" development

    Represented a lender in connection with financing for the first office/retail building in a large multi-phase project with significant public/private partnerships involved. 

  • $42 million office and apartment project

    Represented a lender in providing debt capital for the construction completion and lease-up of an office and apartment project. 

  • Permanent loan refinance

    Represented a borrower in the refinance of a permanent loan. 

  • $22 million historic rehabilitation project

    Represented a lender in connection with the residential component of a historic rehabilitation project. 

  • $23 million office/retail building

    Represented a lender in connection with financing for the first office/retail building in a large multi-phase project with significant public/private partnerships involved.

  • $60 million build-to-suit corporate office complex

    Represented a national bank serving as the project construction lender on a 330,000-square-foot built-to-suit office complex. 

  • $50 million 12-story office/residential development

    Represented a lender in a secured real estate mortgage construction loan for a speculative office/residential project. 

Professional & Community Activities

  • Chair, Counselors of Real Estate

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, Real Property Institute, Columbus Bar Association, topics have included, "Negotiating Letter of Intent and Purchase Contracts," "Financing," General Due Diligence," "Current central Ohio Mortgage Lending Trends" and "Mezzanine Financing."
  • Guest lecturer for several years at the OSU Moritz College of Law; Columbus, Ohio (Construction Financing); OSU Fisher College of Business; Columbus, Ohio (Legal representation for real estate projects)
  • Speaker, "Legal Update: Six Topics in Six Minutes," the National Association of Industrial Office & Properties (Central Ohio) Six Pack Annual Presentation
  • Speaker, "Lending Issues Affecting Contractors," CFMA Panel Discussion, November 15, 2011
  • Speaker, "NetJets Case Study," OSU Law School, February 9 and November 15, 2011
  • Speaker, "Update on Title Insurance Issues," NAIOP Six Pack, March 6, 2011
  • "Top Ten Bankruptcy Terms," the Bricker & Eckler LLP Central Ohio Lenders Seminar, February 12, 2009
  • Speaker, "Borrower's Perspective on Participations and Syndications," the Bricker & Eckler LLP Central Ohio Lenders Seminar, May 27, 2009
  • Speaker, "Top Ten Issues To Watch For When Using Pre-Printed Form Loan Documents," the Bricker & Eckler LLP Central Ohio Lenders Seminar, October 20, 2009
  • Speaker, "Loan Workouts: What to Do When a Borrower Defaults," the Bricker & Eckler LLP Central Ohio Lenders Seminar, September 2008
  • Speaker, "2006 Form Title Insurance Policy", the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (Central Ohio), April, 2007
  • Speaker, "Financing Alternative: 'TIC' Sale as it Affects Owner and Lender," the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties (Central Ohio) September 8, 2004
  • Speaker, "Keys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction in Ohio," National Business Institute Seminar; Columbus, Ohio, January 5, 2000 -
  • Speaker, "Ohio Commercial Real Estate Issues – Negotiation of Selected Provisions of Commercial Loan Documents," Lorman Seminar; Columbus, Ohio, November 9, 1995

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Member, Columbus Bar Association

Awards & Recognition

  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 1995–2020
  • Listed, Ohio Super Lawyers (Real Estate: Business; Banking; Business/Corporate), 2004–2019
  • Recognized, ChambersUSA, Real Estate with a Band 2 ranking, 2008–2018
  • Columbus Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate Law), 2012, 2018
  • Ranked, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell

Education

  • Kenyon College (A.B., summa cum laude, 1977); Phi Beta Kappa
  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 1980); Order of the Coif; Ohio State Law Journal; Award for Academic Excellence