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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, he also counsels clients in the review and analysis of complex title issues and in the issuance of title insurance policies for his firm’s title agency. 
  • 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.


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


  • 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


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2019 - 2020
  • 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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  • “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 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).”