Partner

Christopher Steele is a partner in MendenFreiman’s estate planning, tax planning, estate administration, and business law practice areas. He serves as a trusted advisor to individuals, families and business owners alike, taking pride in building strong relationships with financial advisors, accounting firms and family offices to ensure 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.

His practice is focused on helping families and business owners steward their hard-earned assets both during their life upon their death, with special attention toward strategically planning in the most tax efficient manner.

Christopher regularly consults, writes and speaks on changes to the Internal Revenue Code and court decisions including estate and gift tax planning, business valuations, business succession, captive insurance companies, 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, defective grantor trusts, and defective beneficiary trusts.

Prior to joining MendenFreiman, Christopher was a shareholder at Chamberlain Hrdlicka’s Atlanta office.

Education

  • University of Florida, LL.M. Taxation, 2012
  • Mercer University, J.D., 2011
    • Class of 1974 Scholarship
  • Georgia State University, B.B.A. in Business Administration, 2002
    • H. King Buttermore Leadership Award
  • Harvard Program on Negotiation and Leadership, April 2022

Admissions and Professional/Civic Organizations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • Atlanta Bar Association, member
  • American Bar Association, member
  • Atlanta Estate Planning Council, member

Awards and Recognition

  • Accredited Estate Planner®, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils, June 2022
  • Order of the Barristers
  • State Bar of Georgia Tax Award
  • Walker P. Johnson Memorial Award for Litigation Skills, Professionalism and Ethics
  • Georgia Super Lawyers Rising Stars – 2020-2022
  • Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch” – 2020-2023
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite – 2015-2016, 2019-2022
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