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Brian Crist is a partner at Ice Miller and concentrates his practice in private and public real estate projects. He counsels clients on all aspects of the acquisition, disposition, development, construction leasing and financing of public and private real estate projects across the country.

In addition to representing private developers and owners of commercial real estate projects, Brian’s legal practice includes extensive experience in advising state and municipal clients and private developers with respect to public/private partnership projects. From representing both public and private parties on P3 Projects, Brian has insight into what is important to each side of a P3 project, which enables him to quickly identify and resolve key concerns. Brian also leverages his expertise from private commercial real estate development to formulate solutions to public project problems that are often overlooked by attorneys that solely focus on public projects.   

In the last year, Brian led the legal team on behalf of a developer that successfully closed a deal related to the building of a $100M state of the art election facility in Florida.  The project, procured under Florida’s P3 statute, was delayed for many years from negotiating impasses until the Ice Miller team successfully resolved the outstanding issues between local government and a private party that owned the land required for the project.  

Brian is also an active member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the preeminent trade organization for real estate attorneys, and serves on Ice Miller’s Board of Directors.   

Speaking Engagements
  • Special Lease Situations: Build-to-Suit Leases and Sale-Leasebacks, 2018 CLE Webinar sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law and The American College of Real Estate Lawyers 
  • Lorman Advanced Real Estate Seminars, 2006-Present
  • Dirt, Sticks and Bricks – How to Buy It, Sell It, Lease It and Finance It
  • Overview of Trends in Multi Family Development, Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute —Indiana Chapter, 2015
  • Case Law and Statutory Update, ICLEF Advanced Issues in Real Estate Seminar, 2014
  • State of Industrial Summit,Real Estate People, 2014
  • Real Estate Law Update, 2014 Indiana Law Survey, 2014
  • State of Multifamily, Real Estate People, 2014
  • Retail Finance Roundtable Discussion, International Council of Shopping Centers, 2013
  • Arming Yourself With Knowledge to Close Deals in Tough Times, Commercial Real EstateBroker Continuing Education Program, 2012
  • Real Estate Finance - In the Eye of the Hurricane, Indiana University Kelley School of Business Annual Dinner for the Benecki Center for Real Estate Studies, 2011
  • What Is An Agent and Why Do I Care? Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS Annual Conference, 2011
  • FASB Proposed Lease Accounting Changes, Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS, 2011
  • Real Estate Finance - What a Broker Needs to Know, Commercial Real Estate Broker Continuing Education Program, 2010
  • Real Estate Finance - Sailing in Heavy Seas, Katz Sapper & Miller Supper Seminar, 2010
  • Retail Roundtable Panelist, International Council of Shopping Centers, 2010
  • Roundtable Panelist, Urban Land Institute, 2010
  • Advanced Real Estate Finance, Lorman CLE Seminar, 2008
  • Real Estate Finance, Lorman CLE Seminar, 2007
  • Rails to Trails - Practical and Legal Issues, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Annual Meeting, 2005

Teaching Activities
  • Real Estate Finance Seminar, Indiana University Kelley School of Business - MBA Seminar, 2012
  • Real Estate Finance Seminar, Indiana University Kelley School of Business - Honors Undergraduate Seminar, 2012
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