Chris assists companies and individuals across the nation with their legal needs related to operating their business and executing transactions. Keenly aware of the unique circumstances that businesses face and must consider—particularly businesses working with the government—he has helped numerous businesses navigate and avoid unnecessary risks and difficulties. Given his background and experience, Chris offers strategies specifically designed to help clients reach successful outcomes.
As part of Chris’ tax practice, he represents clients before the Internal Revenue Service and state agencies. He advises clients on all areas of federal and state tax law, including audit investigations, offers in compromise and installment agreements (the IRS’ “fresh start” program), trust fund recovery penalty and officer liability matters, foreign bank account reporting and compliance, collection due process or equivalent hearings and other IRS Appeals matters, penalty abatement requests, innocent spouse relief, applications for tax-exempt status, and federal tax lien releases, discharges, and subordinations.
Corporate clients engage Chris on issues related to corporate sales and purchases, disputes, governance, formations, and restructurings, as well as drafting and reviewing corporate documents such as contracts and purchase agreements, shareholder agreements, bylaws, operating agreements, and partnership agreements.
Prior to joining PilieroMazza, Chris was a business and tax associate at two regional law firms. He began his career as a State Tax Law Editor at Bloomberg BNA. While in law school, he worked as a law clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division in the Financial Litigation Unit, and the Civil Litigation Sections. For his achievements at the Department of Justice, Chris was honored with a special commendation for his work on Fidelity International v. United States and Fidelity High Tech v. United States. Additionally, Super Lawyers® named him to their “Rising Star” list for tax and business/corporate law in Maryland each year since 2019.
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- The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., 2012
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, B.A., 2005, History
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Tax Court
- Member, Bar Association of Montgomery County
- Member, Maryland State Bar Association
- Member, Virginia State Bar Association
- Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star,” Maryland, 2019-Present
- U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division, Special Commendation