10077 Grogan’s Mill Road, Suite 325
The Woodlands, Texas 77380
Areas of Practice
Federal and State Tax Planning and Structuring
International Tax and Business Planning
Federal and State Tax Controversy
Chris has been practicing law since 1995 with a focus on taxation, corporate, and business transactions.
He regularly represents:
- Principals and other participants in federal, state and local taxation, including tax controversy (representation of clients before the applicable taxing authorities). Such representation includes advising partnerships, limited liability companies and corporations with respect to the tax implications of business structures, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, like-kind exchanges and business transition planning. He regularly represents clients in IRS and state tax controversy including audits, appeals and U.S. Tax Court.
- Clients requiring advice with respect to general corporate and commercial matters, including the selection and formation of legal entities, such as corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and joint ventures, and the creation and negotiation of the governing documents that govern such entities (including the tax aspects of such matters), such as the by-laws, operating agreements, partnership agreements, joint venture agreements, and other related agreements, including shareholder agreements, buy-sell agreements, consulting agreements, distribution agreements, equipment leases, franchise agreements, and license agreements, and executive compensation arrangements.
- Businesses in all aspects of commercial transactions, including negotiation of agreements and development of standard terms and conditions for the sale of goods and services, contract management, and dispute resolution, including product distribution and licensing, software licensing, marketing alliances, and product development agreements.
Chris works extensively with clients in the manufacturing, distribution, energy, real estate, telecom and technology industries. This experience allows him to tailor his legal and tax practice in a way to maximize the benefit to the client and creatively and effectively integrate his legal service with the business goals of the client.
- J.D. – University of Texas School of Law – 1995
- B.S. – Centenary College of Louisiana – 1992
Dual major in Accounting and Business; minor in Economics
Omicron Delta Epsilon Honors Economic Society
Selected to Maroon Jackets – Honor and Leadership Society
- London School of Economics and Political Science – British and European Law Summer Program – 1991
Honors & Awards
Rising Stars, Thomson Reuters, 2004-2007
State Bar of Texas: Taxation Section
Houston Bar Association
Texas State Bar
United States Tax Court
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Extensive experience with closely-held businesses and pass-through entities, including family transition planning for entities valued in excess of $500,000,000 which included real estate, oil and gas, and securities. Coordinated with estate planning specialists to insure smooth transition between parents and adverse adult children.
Representation of clients in Code Section 1031 like-kind exchanges in the oil and gas and real estate industries with sales between $500,000 and $75,000,000. Structured a $17,000,000 reverse exchange with construction aspects during the term of the exchange.
Structured an international acquisition of a multinational engineering firm for $5,000,000 and negotiated the terms of the agreement, tax structure and shareholder compensation.
Representation of clients in tax controversy matters including audit, appeals and Federal Tax Court. Obtained a $5,700,000 refund in an international tax audit and appeal relating to US inbound transactions in the telecom industry. Negotiated transfer pricing settlement and parameters for ongoing studies.
Negotiated a cross-border joint venture for a US LLC in the telecom business with multinational distributors and provider rights with Telmex (Telofonos de Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V).