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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 corporate clients with a practice concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate, banking and financing, negotiated acquisitions, and commercial transactions. He represents a wide range of clients on a number of matters, including:

  • Developers, industrial companies, pipeline companies and other energy service companies with respect to the acquiring, developing, financing, selling and leasing of commercial real estate. As a Louisiana licensed title insurance agent and president of the firm’s title agency, he also counsels clients in the review and analysis of complex title issues and in the issuance of title insurance policies. 
  • Banks, lenders, private equity companies, and borrowers in commercial loan projects, often including those secured by real estate, vessel and marine related assets, oil and gas assets, and other business-related assets.
  • Business owners and other corporate clients in mergers, acquisitions and divestures as well as general corporate advice on entity formation, operations and investment structure.

Ryan is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the premier organization of U.S. real estate attorneys, and he is recognized by The Best Lawyers America for his real estate practice and banking and finance practice. 


Representative matters include:

  • Representation of national home builder in the acquisition and development of residential subdivisions
  • Representation of industrial chemical company in the acquisition, development and operation of two industrial plants.
  • 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 company in connection with the acquisition and remediation of recently decommissioned utility plant and tank farm
  • Representation to international industrial company in refinancing of $300 million credit facility secured by Louisiana real estate collateral
  • Representation of landowners and developers with wetland mitigation banking efforts, including consultancy agreements related thereto
  • Representation of developer in the formation and management of economic development districts, community development districts and homeowners associations
  • Representation of pipeline company in negotiating and acquiring pipeline rights of way and related properties
  • Representation of offshore supply vessel companies in the refinancing of fleet, sale of fleet and related corporate and vessel documentation matters
  • Representation of national bank in revision of lending forms for use in Louisiana



  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Fellow
  • Chair of the Title Insurance and Surveys Committee of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (2020-2021, 2021-2022 bar years)
  • Vice-Chair of the Title Insurance and Surveys Committee of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section (2018-2019, 2019-2020 bar years)
  • Vice-Chair of the Easements, Restrictions and Covenants Committee of the ABA 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


  • Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy Committee of GNO, Inc. – Committee Member
  • New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center – Board of Directors  
  • Team Gleason – Ambassador Committee Member
  • Homeless Experience Legal Protection (“H.E.L.P.”) Program – Volunteer Attorney
  • The Pro Bono Project - Volunteer Attorney
  • St. Pius X Men’s Club – Member


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2021-2022
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2019 - 2021
  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2018 - 2019
  • William L. Crowe Scholar
  • Lanasa Greco Providence Law Scholarship Recipient
  • Law Excellence Award in Business Organizations and Civil Law Property II

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  • "Options, Rights of First Refusal and the Rights of First Offer," ABA’s 34th Annual RPTE National CLE Conference, April 2022
  • “Updated ALTA Forms: What’s New” – 2021 Louisiana Bankers Association Bank Counsel Conference, December 2021
  • “Updated ALTA Forms: What’s New,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section eCLE, June 2021
  • “Updated ALTA Forms: What’s New,” 33rd Annual RPTE Virtual National CLE Conference, April 2021
  • “Commercial Title Endorsements: What You Really Need”, ABA RPTE 2020 Spring Conference Webinar, May 2020
  • “What Every Real Estate Lawyer Needs to Know About Surveys,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, March 2020
  • “Getting the Most for Your Client: Navigating Commercial Loans with Confidence,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, June 2019
  • “What Every Real Estate Attorney Needs to Know about Surveys and Working with Surveyors,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Annual National CLE Conference, May 2019
  • “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 three children. We do our best to manage the chaos, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. Outside of the house, I love spending time with family and friends and enjoy all the usual native things, including riding in the Krewe of Endymion, cooking at Hogs for the Cause, and rooting for the Saints, Pelicans, and LSU Tigers.”