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Chris Crago is a probate, estate planning, and corporate attorney with an LL.M in Taxation from the University of Washington.  He has significant experience providing tax, transaction, consulting and planning services for large Fortune 500 corporations, large estates, financial institutions, closely-held businesses, domestic partnerships and individuals.  His practice includes estate planning, trust and estate litigation, tax controversy audit defense and litigation, business succession planning, mergers and acquisitions, and restructuring of domestic and international business operations and ownership. Mr. Crago is admitted to practice in Washington and the United States Tax Court.


Mr. Crago is an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University School of Law, teaching courses in both legal research and writing (transactional drafting) and the taxation of gifts and estates.  Mr. Crago is also co-coach of the Gonzaga University School of Law Moot Court Tax Team.  Recent speaking engagements for Mr. Crago include, trust and estate planning issues, legislative tax updates, and business planning.


Prior to joining Paine Hamblen, Chris worked as a tax controversy specialist with Deloitte Tax LLP in San Francisco, California, and a business and estate planning attorney with Winston & Cashatt in Spokane, Washington.  In addition, Chris has experience working for major production studios and talent agencies in the entertainment industry in the areas of feature film production and creative development for feature films and television, and the representation of actors, writers, and directors.


Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Tax: 20%
    7 years
  2. Business: 20%
    7 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    7 years
  4. Mergers & Acquisitions: 20%
    7 years
  5. Employee Benefits: 20%
    5 years



Hourly ($200-225/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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  • Michael Robert Meinert

    I endorse this lawyer. Chris employs a well-rounded, reasoned and practical approach to investigation, analysis and execution. He addresses the concerns and needs of the client with expertise and experience..


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Contact info

McNeice Wheeler, PLLC

11404 E Sprague Ave
P.O. Box 14758
Spokane Valley, WA, 99206


IDAuthorized to practice law201211/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2014 Top LawyerSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2014
2013 Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2013
2012 Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2012
2011 Top LaywersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2011
2010 Top LawyersSpokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine2010
Excellence in Litigation & Dispute ResolutionCALI Award2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPaine Hamblen LLP2010 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School of Law2009 - Present
AttorneyWinston & Cashatt, Lawyers, A Professional Service Corporation2008 - 2010
Tax ConsultantDeloitte Tax LLP, San Francisco2006 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho State BarMember2012 - Present
Spokane Estate Planning CouncilMember2010 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
United States Tax CourtMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Regent University Law ReviewRebuilding the Foundations of Iraq: Comparisons to the Revival of Democracy in Central Europe2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2006
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of KansasTheater and FilmBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spokane Family Bar AssociationQualified Domestic Relations Orders2015
Walla Walla Estate Planning Counsel Annual MeetingBusiness Succession Planning2014
Trusts 101Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts2011
CPEIRS Audits: Protecting Clients from Information Document Requests2011
Top Estate Planning TechniquesQualified Personal Residence Trusts & Grantor Retained Annuity Trusts2009
Sales & Use TaxLiens, Warrants and Personal Liability2009
Helping Your Client Choose the Right EntityHelping Your Client Choose the Right Entity2009
Advanced LLC IssuesNew Changes for 20092009
2009 Federal Income Tax Update2009 Federal Income Tax Update2009
Advanced LLC IssuesAdvanced Tax Issues for LLC2008