Christopher D. Freeman
As a child Chris aspired to do two things when he grew up. When playing professional baseball became unrealistic (some would argue earlier as opposed to later in his life), Chris quickly and actively pursued his second life goal: a career as an attorney.
Chris's focus in tax and employee benefits matters, similarly, is rooted in his formative years. He may be the only teenager who ever requested a full copy of then President Clinton's Health Security Act. He continued this interest into college, where he wrote his senior thesis at The College of Wooster on Medicaid reform and universal health care. So while his fastball may not have captured the attention of major league scouts, his fearlessness in tackling complex problems captured the attention of Katz Teller.
Where complexity is concerned, Chris's tax and employee benefits practice is a natural fit. He regularly advises clients on tax matters that arise in transactional settings, estate planning, executive compensation and retirement planning. Chris also has extensive experience representing clients in disputed tax matters at the federal, state and local levels and has litigated numerous cases in the Tax Court.
Chris was recently named a shareholder at Katz Teller, effective January 1st, 2016 and is also a member of the firm's administrative and benefits committees.
Awards and Honors
- Named a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2015-2017
- Named a Rising Star by Colorado Super Lawyers®, 2013
- 48th Annual University of Cincinnati Income Tax Conference on the topic of retirement plans and related issues, December 2015
- Cincinnati Bar Association, Employee Benefits Section, in regard to preapproved retirement plans, March 2015
- 2008, Colorado
- 2014, Ohio
- 2008, United States Tax Court
- 2012, United States District Court, Tenth Circuit
- New York University, LLM, 2008
- University of Cincinnati, J.D., 2007, cum laude
- The College of Wooster, B. A., 2003