Biography

Chris began his tax career at California’s Franchise Tax Board (FTB) in 2004 and joined Moss Adams to lead the SALT controversy practice in 2015. Chris resolved Moss Adams’ first ever matter before California’s new Office of Tax Appeals, providing over $2.5 million in benefits to the clients. He has been involved in matters involving large and mid-size corporations as well as high net worth individuals at every level of administrative controversy. Through administrative dispute resolution, he’s helped clients collectively save over $10 million in potential state liability.

Before joining Moss Adams, Chris was in FTB’s Settlement Bureau, where he settled more than $300 million in tax disputes involving individuals, pass-through entities, corporations, and multinational entities. In addition, he participated in a significant multimillion dollar litigation matter between FTB and a multinational corporation involving questions of tax and constitutional law that was resolved through mediation. Prior to joining the Settlement Bureau, Chris was the technical expert on California’s taxation of trusts, leading FTB’s trust taxation program for several years and eventually working with the Technical Resources Bureau and State Bar of California to attempt a rewrite of California’s trust taxation statutes, among other legislative projects. During this time, Chris also successfully argued many cases before the Board of Equalization on a variety of subjects.

Selected Publications

  • "California’s Wayfair Response Law Raises Retailer Economic Nexus Threshold" (Moss Adams Insight, April 2019)
  • "California Supreme Court Decision Dynamex Creates Major Classification Changes for Independent Contractors" (Moss Adams Alert, June 2018)

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Sacramento County Treasury Oversight Committee
  • Chair Emeritus, Tax Section, Sacramento County Bar Association
  • Member, Government Relations Committee, California Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Taxation Section, State Bar of California

Community Involvement

  • Member, Square One Evaluation Committee, United Way California Capital Region

Education

  • BS, biology, University of Puget Sound
  • JD, University of San Diego
  • LLM, taxation, University of San Diego
  • MS, biomedical sciences, Barry University