Christopher D. Freeman
Chris’s practice focuses on advising clients in a wide-range of tax, executive compensation, and retirement plan design and compliance matters.
A substantial part of Chris’s practice involves advising privately-held corporate and pass-through entities and their owners with respect to complicated tax matters arising throughout the business lifecycle, including preparation for and execution of significant corporate transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, recapitalizations, and joint-ventures. Chris is frequently involved in creating and analyzing transactional structures that maximize tax efficiency for parties to such transactions.
Complimentary to his transactional tax practice, Chris regularly works with employers and executive groups on their unique executive compensation arrangements including equity arrangements and “profits interest” awards, non-qualified deferred compensation plans, change in control arrangements, and related matters under Sections 280G and 409A. Chris has worked with management teams in connection with executive compensation matters arising in private-equity buyouts and other transactional contexts.
Chris also represents employers in the design and implementation of qualified retirement plans, including defined contribution and defined benefit plans (both traditional and cash-balance designs), focusing specifically on the use of qualified plans as tax planning tools for owner and executive groups of privately-held entities.
As a routine part of his practice, Chris guides clients through tax related examinations, appeals, and litigation with various federal, state, and local governmental agencies including litigation in the United States Tax Court.
At Katz Teller, Chris is a shareholder, an elected member of the firm’s Board of Directors, and is a member of the firm’s benefits, retirement plan, and finance committees.
Outside the firm, Chris is a frequent lecturer on retirement plan and tax matters and serves on the Board of Trustees of Rockwern Academy, his children’s school, where he is a member of Rockwern’s Executive Committee and Board Treasurer.
Awards and Honors
- Named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2015-2020
- Named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2013
Named to Best Lawyer's "Ones to Watch" List, 2021
- 2008, Colorado
- 2014, Ohio
- 2008, United States Tax Court
- 2012, United States District Court, Tenth Circuit
- New York University, LL.M, 2008
- University of Cincinnati, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- The College of Wooster, B. A., 2003