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Education

  • J.D., Duquesne University School of Law
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Christopher P. Smith, Jr. is a member of the Firm’s Real Estate & Lending Group and Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy Group.  He also serves on the Firm’s Management Committee and Associate Committee.

Chris regularly represents lenders, borrowers, purchasers, sellers, landlords, tenants and property owners in connection with all aspects of the real estate transaction. Additionally, Chris’s practice involves the representation of secured and unsecured creditors in Chapters 7, 13 and 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Professional/Community Involvement

  • Residential Resources Incorporated, Board Chair
    • A non-profit corporation that assists in the housing needs for the disabled.
  • Notre Dame Young Alumni Club of Pittsburgh, Member
  • Notre Dame Monogram Club, Member
  • Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations, Member

Additional Information

A native of Pittsburgh, who grew up in the East End, Chris attended Central Catholic High School. He continued his education at the University of Notre Dame, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998. At Notre Dame, Chris was a three year letter winner in track and field. Upon graduation from Notre Dame, Chris attended Duquesne University where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2001.

Currently, Chris resides with his wife, Sarah, and sons, Michael and Alex, in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.

  • Acquisition and development of retail, residential, industrial and office properties.
  • Commercial and residential lending.
  • Leasing of retail, residential, industrial and office properties.
  • Rights of way for both commercial and residential properties, including rights of way in connection with the oil and gas industry.
  • Easements and zoning matters for retail, residential, industrial and office properties.
  • Representation of creditors in the defense of preference claims.
  • Representation of lenders and borrowers in workouts and foreclosures.
  • J.D., Duquesne University, 2001
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1998
  • “Business Workshop: Don’t Forget Punctuation,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 1, 2014.
  • “Business Workshop: Getting Paid in Bankruptcy,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 8, 2014.
  • “Drawing up the Perfect Construction Draw,” Roundtable Discussion Leader, ICSC Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan & Pennsylvania Retail Development & Law Symposium, March 4, 2016.
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America®  for Real Estate Law