Christopher R. Grissom

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Christopher R. Grissom

Partner

Chris Grissom practices primarily in the areas of state and local tax planning, LLCs, federal and state tax disputes, and state and local tax and non-tax incentives. Through his tax controversy, planning and incentives work, he deals with a wide variety of industries, including pulp and paper, software technology, automotive, finance, telecommunications, and textile manufacturers.

In his tax practice, Chris regularly counsels many of the Fortune 500 on Alabama tax matters. He also conducts multi-state entity studies for a wide array of planning strategies. Chris is familiar with choice of entity issues and the use of LLCs and LLPs and is the co-author of a series of charts and articles on the state tax treatment of LLCs and LLPs.

Chris Grissom practices primarily in the areas of state and local tax planning, LLCs, federal and state tax disputes, and state and local tax and non-tax incentives. Through his tax controversy, planning and incentives work, he deals with a wide variety of industries, including pulp and paper, software technology, automotive, finance, telecommunications, and textile manufacturers. In his tax practice, Chris regularly counsels many of the Fortune 500 on Alabama tax matters. He also conducts multi-state entity studies for a wide array of planning strategies.

He is the co-author of a series of charts on the state tax treatment of LLCs and LLPs that have appeared in The Limited Liability Company Reporter, State Tax Notes, and The Journal of LLCs as well as numerous other tax journals and seminar presentations. He is also a contributing editor to State Tax Notes, State Income Tax Alert, Journal of Multistate Taxation, Journal of Business Entities, and BNA Multistate Tax Report.

Mr. Grissom is a member of the American Bar Association (Member, Section of Tax, Business Law Section); Alabama State Bar (Member, Section of Taxation); the Birmingham Bar Association; Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce Finance & Taxation Committee; and Business Council of  Alabama Taxation Committee.

In the economic development practice arena, he negotiates various incentive packages with state and local authorities, and advises clients on the maintenance of and the state and local filing requirements for preserving incentives. Chris has represented Hyundai Heavy Industries, Brose Tuscaloosa, North American Lighting, and POSCO AAPC in the location of their plants in Alabama. He also represents other automotive suppliers in Alabama on a variety of matters.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Japan America Society of Alabama, the Alabama Germany Partnership and the Advisory Board for the North Alabama Industrial Development Association.

Distinctions

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Litigation & Controversy-Tax, 2011-2014
    • Tax Law, 2014
    • Tax, 2009-2013
  • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers
    • "Rising Star," 2011

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Strategic Partner
  • Birmingham Business Alliance, Taxation and Finance Committee
  • Economic Development Association of Alabama
  • North Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA), Advisory Board Member
  • Japan America Society of Alabama, Board Member
  • Alabama Germany Partnership, Board Member 
  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Business Council of Alabama, Vice Chair of Tax Committee
  • Independent SALT Alliance
  • Council on State Taxation, Practitioner Member
  • Institute for Professionals in Taxation, Income Tax Treatise Committee 
  • National Association of Property Tax Attorneys
  • Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association