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Chris earned his Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of South Carolina. In addition, he earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Florida. From this multi-dimensional perspective, Chris counsels business and nonprofit clients on matters arising throughout the life cycle of an organization, including entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, operational and governance issues, and transactions involving termination or sale of the organization or business. He represents clients before federal, state and local tax authorities in tax controversy matters. Chris focuses a large part of his practice on tax credits and other incentives for real estate development, renewable energy investments, and commercial growth.
Chris is committed to community service and is actively involved in various organizations. Among other activities, he is a member of the Lexington Kiwanis Club, where he has served as President and Treasurer, he serves on the Board of the Columbia Development Corporation, and he coaches his daughter’s youth soccer team.
In addition to his community service, Chris has been on the faculty of various continuing legal education seminars on topics such as tax exempt organizations, entity matters, and tax incentives. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, the Columbia Tax Study Group, and the Richland County Bar Association.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Arthur B. Custy Tax Award (Top Tax Student)||University of South Carolina School of Law||2004|
|Member||Rogers Law Firm, LLC||2011 - Present|
|Associate||Ellis, Lawhorne & Sims, P.A.||2005 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Columbia Development Corporation||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|Kiwanis Club of Lexington||Past President & Treasurer||2006 - Present|
|South Carolina Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Richland County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Columbia Tax Study Group||N/A||N/A|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Taxation||LL.M - Master of Laws||2005|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||N/A||JD/MBA - Juris Doctorate and MBA||2004|