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Christopher "Chris" A. Wilson

Nonprofit organizations and companies in a wide range of industries such as manufacturing, retail, cable television, real estate, professional services, waste management, and software, rely on Chris Wilson for assistance with a range of state tax planning and state tax litigation matters involving:

  • Business tax
  • Property tax
  • Franchise and excise tax
  • Sales and use tax
  • Challenging tax assessments and seeking tax refunds
  • Multi-state tax analysis for various business transactions in areas such as nexus, tax apportionment, tax exemptions, transferee liability, and voluntary disclosure agreements
  • State and local tax controversy, and state tax planning
  • Structuring and negotiating state tax incentives for relocating or expanding operations in Tennessee

With litigation experience covering a broad range of trust, probate and estate administration matters as well as conservatorship proceedings, Chris has represented financial institutions, particularly their trust and wealth management officers, in matters involving allegations of breach of trust and breach of fiduciary duty.  He has also represented trust and estate beneficiaries in matters involving will contests, breach claims, and other claims involving fraud and undue influence.  Clients count on Chris to develop strategies to resolve disputes within the applicable terms of trust instruments or estate planning documents while also seeking to minimize the impact upon client and family relationships. 

Additionally, Chris represents both petitioners and respondents in conservatorship actions, and understands the legal complexities, family dynamics, and individual desires for autonomy involved in conservatorship proceedings. Clients rely on him to navigate these complexities while also focusing on reasonable solutions to preserve individual autonomy, ensure the receipt of necessary care and management for disabled individuals, and to maintain family harmony.

Experience

  • A landmark entertainment venue in litigation involving the application of Tennessee's Business Tax to the sale of intangibles
  • A consumer products manufacturer in its successful appeal of the application of sales tax to the purchase and lease of an aircraft
  • A manufacturer in challenging personal property and real property tax assessments
  • An entertainment production company in administrative hearings involving the application of Tennessee property tax statutes to the lease of staging and other inventory items
  • A nonprofit organization in obtaining a tax-exemption for a historic estate
  • A cable television company in litigation involving the application of a Tennessee sales tax exemption to cable set-top boxes and remote controls
  • A waste disposal company in successfully challenging real property tax assessments for a landfill facility

Professional

  • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and Kentucky Bar Associations
  • Member, American Bar Association, including Section of Taxation
  • Member, Institute for Professionals in Taxation
  • Member, Council on State Taxation
  • 2012 Nashville Post Law leaders Rising List
  • Co-Author, ABA Property Tax Deskbook

Prior Affiliations

  • Law Clerk for the Hon. David R. Farmer, Tennessee Court of Appeals, 2005-2006
  • Law Clerk for Justice Bill Cunningham, 56th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky, 2003-2004

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Memphis, 2005
    • University of Memphis Law Review
    • Cecil C. Humphreys Research Fellowship
  • LL.M., University of Florida, 2007
    • Graduate Editor - Florida Tax Review
    • John W. Thatcher Memorial Scholarship
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee at Martin, Political Science, 2002
  • B.S., magna cum laude, University of Tennessee at Martin, Communications, 2002

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • Texas

Up Close

Growing up in the Land Between The Lakes region has provided Chris with a love of water and the outdoors. In his spare time, Chris and his tax attorney wife love spending time with their young son and their "spoilt rotten" West Highland White Terrier, Elvis; engaging in water sports; and spending gardening around their home.