Christopher W. Peer, Esq.

Business Organizations & Tax • Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights & Insolvency Litigation • Employee Benefits & ERISA • Real Estate & Construction • Litigation

Mr. Peer is a member of the Firm’s Business Organizations & Tax Department and serves on the Firm’s Board of Directors. He advises clients on the legal implications of business and commercial decisions. His counsel to business entities includes work on contracts and leases, the Uniform Commercial Code, construction matters, employee matters, lending, mergers and acquisitions, vendor relationships, independent contractors, corporate formation, ERISA and tax matters, and legal aspects and implications from conducting sales of products and services.

Mr. Peer represents businesses with distressed debt concerns both in and out of bankruptcy, and advising on the need to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. His debtor representations have resulted in successful reorganizations, equity solutions and business transitions. He also represents creditors and committees in Chapter 11 cases. His experience in distressed situations extends to lenders and related third parties.

Mr. Peer works with clients to provide customized contracts and agreements for use in corporate and commercial situations, including, without limitation, mergers and acquisitions, leases of machinery and equipment, distribution contracts, supply contracts, mortgages, security agreements, sales on consignment, sales-on-approval, bailee-bailor arrangements, real estate transactions, and other commercial transactions.

He enjoys representing new enterprises, assisting such companies to achieve their goals.

Mr. Peer also represents lenders in commercial transactions, from loan documentation to workouts and solution development. He frequently consults on lien and collateral issues, including those that arise under the Uniform Commercial Code. He represents construction-based clients, including design builders, owners, contractors, and subcontractors.

He has consulted with entities on ERISA and benefits related matters, focusing on plan design and implementation.

Mr. Peer was recognized in 2009 through 2013 as a Super Lawyers Ohio Rising Star, has been selected to the 2014 through 2018 Ohio Super Lawyers list (Bankruptcy and Business/Corporate Law), and in 2018 selected to the Super Lawyers Top 100 Ohio list.

Practice Focus:
Business Organizations
Commercial Corporate Law
Business Risk Assessment & Management
Creditors’ Rights and Distressed Debt
Contract Drafting and Negotiation
Mechanic’s Liens, Bond Claims, and Claims Management
Business Litigation

Bar Admissions:
2003    State of Ohio
2003    United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
2006    United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

1994    Ohio Wesleyan University (B.A.)
2003    Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)

Professional & Civic Affiliations:
American Bar Association
Turnaround Management Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
American Diabetes Association (Past Chairperson and Board Member, Northeast Ohio Market)
Dobama Theatre (Board of Trustees)
William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Bankruptcy Institute (Past Committee Member)

Recognitions & Awards:

  • Selected to the Super Lawyers Top 100 Ohio list (2018); Ohio Super Lawyers list (2014-2018); Recognized as an Ohio Rising Star (2009-2013)
  • Turnaround Management Association’s “Turnaround of the Year” Award (2016)

Speaking Engagements:

  • National Business Institute Teleconference, October 2, 2009
  • William J. O’Neill Great Lakes Bankruptcy Institute (2013)
  • Bench Bar Retreat, Bankruptcy Court – Northern District of Ohio (2015)
  • TMA Great Lakes Regional Conference (2017)

Contact Information:
Direct (440) 695-8093
Fax (440) 695-8098