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Christopher James Topa

Tax Attorney at East Lansing, MI

5.0   3 reviews

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Tax
    67%
    Majority of practice in this area consists of free tax preparation through the VITA program and pro bono representation of clients attempting compliance with the IRS or state tax authorities.

    15 years

  2. Business
    7%

    15 years

  3. Contracts and agreements
    5%

    15 years

  4. Estate planning
    4%

    15 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    3%

    15 years

  6. Corporate and incorporation
    2%

    15 years

  7. Health care
    2%

    15 years

  8. Real estate
    2%

    15 years

  9. Election campaigns and political law
    1%

    15 years

  10. Employee benefits
    1%

    15 years

  11. Employment and labor
    1%

    15 years

  12. Land use and zoning
    1%

    15 years

  13. Limited liability company (LLC)
    1%

    15 years

  14. Medical malpractice
    1%

    15 years

  15. State, local, and municipal law
    1%

    15 years

  16. Wrongful termination
    1%

    15 years, 2 cases

Licensed for 15 years
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Christopher

Advocatus Law Firm, PLC
6110 Abbot Road
Suite D
East Lansing, MI, 48823

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | December 25, 2009
Great Experience
Mr. Topa worked very closely with us over the course of setting up our business. He navigated us though all the challenges from writing a business plan, setting up the legal entity, arranging financing with the bank, to navigating all the mess of forms to be filed with the state and federal governments. I would highly recommend him. Only problem was keeping in touch. He was frequently out of the office visiting other clients and we spent most of our time communicating through email.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2009
Great experirence
I used Mr. Topa to help with tax questions. He spent a great deal of time going over the material with me, helping me to understand the different "elections" and the effects they would have. I was very pleased with the outcome. I was, however, disappointed with some of the waiting. I wish he would call more often to update.
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2008
Great Lawyer
Chris worked with me very closely. He took the time to explain all the proceeding and the different options available to me. He came out to me on several occassions and would even meet with me on weekends when my work scheduled prohibited me coming by the office during normal office hours.

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 205-425 per hour
  • Contingency 5%-30%
  • Pro bono 33 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Advocatus Law Firm, PLC
  • 2007 - Present

Education

  • Wayne State University Law School
  • Legum Magister - Candidate
  • 2012
  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • Juris Doctoris
  • 2006
  • Indiana University - Kelley School of Business
  • Master of Professional Accountancy
  • 2002
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Master of Business Administration
  • 2000
  • Indiana University - Hutton Honors College
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1993
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Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Former Chair of Student Section
  • 2003 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • 4th Degree Knight, Former Chancellor and Warden
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Recognition for Community Service
  • Internal Revenue Service - SPEC
  • 2007
  • St. Thomas More Scholarship for Academic Achievement
  • Ave Maria School of Law
  • 2003
  • Outstanding Professional Award
  • Indiana Wesleyan University fellow students
  • 2000
  • Distinguished Service Key
  • Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity
  • 1993
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Speaking Engagements

  • How can a business entity protect an owner from personal liability.
  • Selection of Business Entities
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (1)
Tax Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Tax Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris has his ear to the ground on new tax laws and the latest potential changes to the code. He has demonstrated a knack for the incredible detail required in this kind of work which is to be commended."
Tax Attorney | Aug 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Christopher and I worked together on a case for which I directed one of my clients to him for. His skill set and expertise was effective in assisting the client and providing peace of mind for the client. At all times he was communicative and concerned about the best interests of the client."

Avvo Contributions

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East Lansing Tax Lawyer Christopher James Topa
Christopher James Topa
Tax Attorney
East Lansing, MI
Licensed for 15 years