Christopher A. Poling


Practice Areas

Business Transactions; Commercial Law; Small Business Lending; Commercial Real Estate

Christopher Poling (licensed in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Washington and New York) actively represents national and state commercial lenders involved in SBA and conventional financing. He is Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, Washington, and New York counsel and assists with transactions nationwide for several of the largest lenders of SBA and government-guaranteed financing in the United States. His work involves all stages of the lending process, including the review of credit terms, compliance reviews, franchise eligibility, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) lien perfection, mortgages and deeds of trust, lease assignments, subordination and standby agreements, intercreditor agreements, workout, collection, foreclosure and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Poling also works actively in business transactions, commercial real estate and represents construction contractors and large volume providers of construction material throughout the Midwest. Additionally, he is outside counsel for many small businesses throughout the state of Indiana, providing ongoing legal counsel to service their needs.

Prior to going into private practice in 1995, Mr. Poling was Assistant Attorney General in the State of Ohio and represented The Ohio State University. He also served as in-house counsel for the Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), a consortium of the Big Ten universities, which concentrated on international contracts funded by USAID and the World Bank. During his time with MUCIA, Mr. Poling structured a project in Ghana, teamed with the Smithsonian Institution, which was the first international transaction utilizing blocked currency for education.


Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. B.S., Financial Management, Krannert School of Management (1983).

The Capital University, Law School. J.D. (1987).

Bar Admissions

Ohio State Bar, 1987; Washington State Bar, 1994; Indiana State Bar, 1995; Michigan State Bar, 2006; Commonwealth of Kentucky Bar, 2008; New York Bar, 2014; United States District Court Southern District of Indiana; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Director, Lewis & Kappes, P.C., 2004-present; Shareholder, Kunz & Opperman, P.C., 2000-2004; Associate, Kunz & Opperman, P.C., 1995-2000; Legal Counsel, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities, 1990-1994; Assistant Attorney General State of Ohio, in-house counsel The Ohio State University, 1987-1990.

Pro Bono Activities and Community Activities

Previous member of volunteer staff of attorneys - Legal Aid Society, Columbus, Ohio. During such time, met and advised clients at local homeless shelters. Member of St. Matthew Catholic Church (Indianapolis) parish council, which governs the church and school operations. Coach - youth soccer and baseball in Indianapolis. Participant - Access to Justice: Talk to a Lawyer Program

Areas of Experience

Franchise eligibility
Lien perfection
Deeds of trust
Lease assignments
Subordination agreements
Standby agreements
Intercreditor agreements
Foreclosure and bankruptcy matters