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Christopher A. Steele



Georgia State University, B.B.A (2002), Dean’s List, H. King Buttermore Leadership Award

Mercer University, J.D. (2011), Certificate in Advanced Legal Writing, Class of 1974 Scholarship, Dean’s List, CALI Award in Corporate Tax

University of Florida, LL.M in Taxation (2012)


State Bar of Georgia, Leadership Academy Graduate (2015)

Georgia Trend's Legal Elite: 2015, 2016, 2019

Order of the Barristers

State Bar of Georgia Tax Award

Walker P. Johnson Memorial Award for Litigation Skills, Professionalism and Ethics

Hugh Lawson Moot Court Competition Winner (2009)

Laura Gardner Webster Award for Client Counseling

Mercer Advocacy Council (Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Negotiation)

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Georgia

Court Admissions

Georgia Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals


Summer, 2009, Judicial Clerkship, the Honorable S. Phillip Brown, Superior Court of Bibb County, Georgia


Christopher Steele is a shareholder in Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Atlanta office in the Trusts & Estates Practice Group, where he serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families, and business owners.  Mr. Steele takes pride in building strong relationships with financial advisors, accounting firms, and family offices to ensure that clients receive a comprehensive approach to their planning.    

Mr. Steele focuses his practice on tax, trusts, and estates, handling matters including tax and estate planning, asset protection planning, and the administration of complex trusts and estates. He has experience in counseling clients on issues relating to income taxes, transfer taxes, complex wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, grantor trusts, life insurance planning and complex gifting techniques. Additionally, Mr. Steele assists clients in the design and implementation of business succession plans, including the formation, structure, purchase and sale of corporate entities.

In addition to his commitment to his clients, Mr. Steele is dedicated to furthering his profession and serving in his community.  He serves as a member of the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and is a frequent speaker in the Atlanta area on topics related to trust and estate planning.  Mr. Steele also serves as on the Board of Directors for Covenant Care Adoption Services, a coach for the Mercer Law School Negotiation Competition teams, and a coach for the Smyrna i9 Soccer Program.

Seminars and Presentations

  • “Trust Me! New Opportunities for the Use of Trusts Under Tax Reform & Georgia’s 2018 Trust Code Revisions” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (May 2018)
  • “Let’s Party Like It’s 1986 Part II. Flying into the Danger Zone or Climbing the Stairway to Heaven? Planning under the new TCJA” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (April 2018)
  • “Let’s Party Like It’s 1986!! A Rousing Discussion of the New Tax Bill” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (February 2018)
  • “Avoiding Pitfalls In Advanced Estate Planning Techniques” 32nd Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar (December 2017)
  • “Probate: Everything You Need to Know” NBI Seminar (December 2017)
  • “The Emperor Has No Will: Estate Planning Basics and Beyond, Part II” (October 2017)
  • “The Emperor Has No Will: Estate Planning Basics and Beyond, Part I” (August 2017)
  • “Wooden you Know: Important Tax Topics for Timber and Other Land Owners,” North Atlanta Chapter of CPAs (June 2017)
  • “Estate Tax: Reflections, Undertones and Gossip between Neighbors: the White House and the Treasury” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (February 2017)
  • “New Proposed Estate and Tax Regulations Will Make the IRS an Even More Expensive Member of Your Family” 31st Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar (December 2016)
  • “Captivating Changes That Require Immediate Action” Private In-House Presentation (December 2016)
  • “Proposed Section 2704 Regulations” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (September 2016)
  • “Staying on the “PATH”: What You Need to Know About The Protecting Americans From Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) to Prepare For Filing Season,” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (February 2016)
  • “What is it Worth? Handling a Valuation Case From Final Exam Through Trial” 30th Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar (December 2015)
  • “Estate Planning to Estate Administration: Where the Rubber Meets the Road” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (August 2015)
  • “Intersection of Estate Tax and Income Tax” Chamberlain Hrdlicka Tax Forum (May 2015)
  • “Plop-Plop-Fizz-Fizz…Oh, what a relief an IDGT Is!” 29th Annual Tax and Business Planning Seminar (November 2014)
  • “Testamentary Planning for Land Owners” Green-Morgan Forest Landowner’s Association, (October 2013)
  • “The Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Small Business Owners” Institute of Management Accounts – Middle Georgia Chapter (October 2013)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Georgia, Tax Section and Fiduciary Law Section
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division (District Representative)
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council



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