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Christopher A. Steele

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Education

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)

Honors

US News Best Lawyers in America "Ones to Watch" (2021)

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

Clerkships

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

Profile

Christopher Steele is a shareholder in the Estate & Income Tax Planning & Estate Administration practice in Chamberlain Hrdlicka's Atlanta office. Christopher serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families, and business owners.  He 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.    

While income, gift and estate tax planning is a large part of his practice, Christopher advises clients concerning both the tax and non-tax considerations of their planning. His clients generally include families, high net worth individuals, entrepreneurs and their closely-held businesses and estates. 

Christopher regularly consults, writes and speaks on changes to the Internal Revenue Code and court decisions, including business valuations, captive insurance companies, retirement planning, Qualified Opportunity Zones, state-level tax credits, Section 1031 exchanges and more. He frequently works on income tax, transfer tax and succession planning involving the use of asset protection trusts, including defective grantor trusts and defective beneficiary trusts. Christopher has consulted, formed and facilitated the implementation of Qualified Opportunity Zones and other real estate specific planning techniques. 

Christopher is a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council, American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and a graduate of the Leadership Academy of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia. He is also a member of the taxation and fiduciary sections of the State Bar of Georgia. In his spare time, Christopher serves on the board for several non-profits and serves to coach law school students in negotiation and moot court. 

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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