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Ryan T. Christiansen
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Ryan Christiansen is a business lawyer helping companies in real estate matters. His practice is concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate, secured transactions, commercial and energy lending, ship mortgage and marine financing, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and general business matters.

In commercial real estate matters, Ryan advises clients with respect to the leasing, acquiring, selling, developing and financing of commercial real estate.  He counsels them in the review and analysis of title and issuance of title insurance policies for the firm’s title agency.

Ryan advises clients with corporate governance and has aided clients in the creation, acquisition, and sale of business entities and assets in a variety of industries, including real estate, construction, non-profit, and oil and gas.

His clients consist of real estate developers, vessel companies, banks, and industry and pipeline companies.


Representative matters include:

  • Representation of national home builder in the acquisition and development of residential subdivisions
  • Representation of offshore supply vessel companies in the refinancing of fleet, sale of fleet and related corporate and vessel documentation matters
  • Representation of numerous financial institutions in various asset-based loan transactions, including financing vessel and real estate acquisitions, and in loan transactions with producing oil and gas properties and pipelines as collateral
  • Representation of industrial company in the acquisition of industrial plant
  • Representation of pipeline company in negotiating and acquiring pipeline rights of way and servitudes
  • Representation of major healthcare provider in both taxable and tax-exempt bond financings
  • Representation of national bank in revision of lending forms for use in Louisiana




  • Vice-Chair of the Title Insurance and Surveys of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, 2018-2019 bar year
  • Vice-Chair of the Easements, Restrictions and Covenants Committee of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, 2017-2018 bar year
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association – Real Property Committee
  • Association of Corporate Growth, Louisiana Chapter – Member
  • Urban Land Institute, Louisiana Chapter – Member


  • Team Gleason – Ambassador Committee Member
  • Homeless Experience Legal Protection (“H.E.L.P.”) Program – Volunteer Attorney
  • The Pro Bono Project - Volunteer Attorney


  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2019
  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2018
  • William L. Crowe Scholar
  • Lanasa Greco Providence Law Scholarship Recipient
  • Law Excellence Award in Business Organizations and Civil Law Property II

Ryan Christiansen Super Lawyers


  • “Real Estate Transactions: Avoiding the Top Mistakes,” National Business Institute seminar, May 2018
  • “Title and Use Issues in the Acquisition and Ownership of Industrial Plants,” ABA Commercial Transactions Group, March 2018
  • “Understanding Title Commitments and Insurance in Real Estate Secured Lending,” in-house presentation to commercial lending officers, November 2016
  • “Title Workshop: From Examination to Commitment – Conducting the Title Search and Examination; What to Look for in Surveys, Descriptions and Plats; Drafting and Issuing a Title Commitment,” National Business Institute seminar, November 2016 
  • “Real Estate Lending,” in-house presentation and training to commercial lending officers, March 2015

After Hours

“My wife and I are proud parents of two young daughters. We do our best to manage the chaos until their bedtime when it’s safe to turn on HBO. Outside of the house, I enjoy all the usual native things, including riding in the Krewe of Endymion, cooking for a competitive BBQ team at Hogs for the Cause, and rooting for the home teams (especially the Pelicans, Saints, and LSU Tigers).”