Christopher L. Lardiere, ESQ

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Christopher L. Lardiere, Esq.  |  Partner


achievements-trophy-icon achievements-shadow-icon AWARDS Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum 2015 Volunteer of the Year Lend a Hand Hilliard
achievements-person-icon POSITION Partner
achievements-calendar-icon achievements-shadow-icon EXPERIENCE 35 Years
achievements-hammer-icon achievements-shadow-icon PRACTICE AREAS General Counsel In-House Counsel Commercial Litigation Litigation/Arbitration/Mediation Employment Matters Landlord/Tenant Disputes


In November of 1983, Mr. Lardiere began providing legal services to Central Ohio. He currently focuses his practice by serving as lead counsel in litigation and provides outside general counsel services for a wide variety of business and individual clients, including not for profit entities. As part of that representation, Mr. Lardiere is engaged to provide counsel on topics including corporate compliance; data and physical security; privacy issues; business transactions; insurance claims and procurement; employee relations; vendor and contract management; litigation; arbitration; real estate (sales and purchases) and lease negotiations. In addition to his individual clients, Mr. Lardiere represents a wide variety of businesses, including financial institutions; creditors; churches; real estate management companies and landlords; manufacturing companies and general service companies. Mr. Lardiere's experience includes serving on the board of directors for a financial institution; acting as in-house counsel for a financial institution and serving as interim president of a collection agency.


Some examples of Mr. Lardiere’s experience include the following.
  • Mr. Lardiere acts in a formal and informal capacity as Outside General Counsel for various for profit and not for profit businesses. As part of that representation Mr. Lardiere provides advice and guidance on day to day operations; provides training to staff; management and board members; assists with marketing campaigns and strategies; and, helps conduct due diligence for vendor relations. In those situations where Mr. Lardiere is not able to provide the required legal services, he assists his clients in obtaining counsel and acts as a liaison between his clients and those attorneys.
  • Representation of financial institutions and small businesses in transactional as well as litigation matters. Recently Mr. Lardiere successfully managed a situation where a financial institution’s core processor inadvertently released thousands of customers’ private data. Mr. Lardiere pursued the matter through the arbitration process and obtained a favorable result for the client.
  • Representation in all types of civil litigation in various situations and industries. This includes defending a $750,000 claim where an insurer alleged fraud and misrepresentation on the part of the owners and comptroller of a business when obtaining group health insurance. Mr. Lardiere was able to get the case dismissed in Federal Court. The decision was upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. The insurer was ultimately ordered to pay over $125,000 in attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Representation of employers in a variety of labor and employment matters which includes the defense of VSSR claims, consultation and litigation regarding the creation and enforcement of covenants not to compete as well as similar employment contract provisions and the creation of employee handbooks.
  • Representation of landlords and management companies of commercial and residential real estate involving matters such as contract and lease negotiations, insurance coverage disputes, fair housing discrimination defense, evictions and other matters incident to the ownership and operation of commercial and residential real estate.


General Counsel – In-House Counsel: Representation of Banks, Savings & Loan Associations, Credit Unions, Credit Card Issuers and Debt Buyers and other financial institutions. Representation of small businesses. This representation includes general advice on contracts; vendor relations; human resource issues; defense of lawsuits; insurance coverage procurement and coverage disputes; workers compensation matters; bankruptcy and work outs; consumer and commercial collections; commercial law; commercial litigation; consumer lending; creditor rights and loan and lease documentation.

Commercial Litigation: Representation of financial institutions and small business including franchise owners in litigation, including commercial loan transactions; vendor disputes; insurance coverage disputes; contract claims; loan restructures and work outs. This representation includes preparation, review and advice on contracts; loan documentation and issues dealing with the Uniform Commercial Code, including issues related to collateral documentation and security interests; fraud; check kiting; and negotiable instruments.

Litigation/Arbitration/Mediation: Representation experience includes all types of civil litigation, including insurance problems, breach of contracts, property cases, coverage issues and collections. This representation has extended to areas including aviation; class actions; commercial disputes; construction claims; discrimination matters; employment-at-will, implied contracts and wrongful termination; employment discrimination; environmental damage claims; franchise actions; intellectual property litigation; intentional tort claims; personal injury; product liability; professional negligence; real property litigation; sexual harassment; trade secrets, restrictive covenants and unfair competition and Workers' Compensation.

Employment Matters: Representation of employers in matters dealing with employment discrimination; employment-at-will, implied contracts and wrongful termination; employment handbooks; sexual harassment; trade secrets, restrictive covenants and unfair competition and Workers' Compensation.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes: These matters include both straight and HUD subsidized properties on behalf of landlords. This representation involves lease preparation; document preparation; lease negotiations; evictions; defense of Fair Housing allegations and related matters.


The Supreme Court of Ohio and all Courts of the State of Ohio; The Supreme Court of the United States of America; The United States of America, Southern District of Ohio; The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; California – Registered In-House Counsel ( 2008-2009 )


University of Dayton, B.A., 1978 The Capital University Law School, J.D., 1983


Mr. Lardiere has been a speaker/presenter at seminars dealing with consumer and commercial collections; debtor scams; the recognition of fraud for the business owner; secured transactions and loan documentation; recognizing proper entities when preparing loan documentation; and consumer and commercial collection issues.  The firm provides the core services required by businesses of all sizes as well as financial institutions involving banking and financial services; including advocacy and litigation; bankruptcy and restructuring; transactions; business organization; real estate; and estate/trust and succession planning.


Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum 2015 Volunteer of the Year – Lend a Hand Hilliard


Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2013 Chair: Corporate Counsel Section
  • 2012 Vice- Chair: Corporate Counsel Section
2008 – 2012 – Associate Council Member: Columbus Apartment Association Million Dollar Advocates Forum


2015 Volunteer of the Year – Lend a Hand Hilliard 2012 – 2015 – President, Hilliard Optimist Club 1985 through present - member, good standing, Hilliard Optimist Club. 1998 – 2004 and 2012 to 2013: Co- founder & President, Hilliard All American Travel Baseball league. Distinguished Past President, Hilliard Optimist Club Lifetime Membership - Optimist International Carrington Home Owners Association - Board Member; Treasurer - 1997 through 2000 1986 through Present - Coach - Northwest Football League Saints 1987 through 1990 - League Commissioner - Hilliard Northwest Football League 1998 through 2000 - Head Coach/Administrator, Hilliard Wrestling Club 1995 through Present - certified coach through the National Youth Coaches Association 2001 through 2004 – Co- founder & President/Coach Hilliard Saints Lacrosse club NWFL Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee


Married to Diane since 1979 Children: Matt: St. Charles Class of ’04; OU Class of ’08; Employed by Chase Bank, Columbus, OH. Jason: St. Charles Class of ’08; UK Class of ’12; UK Masters of Accounting ’13, Employed by Crowe Horwath, Columbus, OH.