Christopher S. Johnson

Attorney in Newport News, VA
Chris is an associate in the firm's Newport News office. His practice centers around advising closely-held business owners, as well as corporate directors and officers, of the tax implications of various business decisions and transactions. Chris works with his clients to analyze, plan for, and resolve tax-related issues with respect to business formation; mergers, acquisitions, and divisions; operations and management; and transfer and disposition of business ownership-interests and assets to family members, key employees, and financial and strategic buyers. When transferring certain key assets (e.g., real estate, accounts receivable, goodwill), Chris utilizes transactions such as like-kind exchanges and installment sales to maximize tax efficiency for his clients. Chris also counsels 501(c)(3) public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations on entity formation, Federal and State filing and return requirements, and general compliance matters. In addition, Chris represents individuals and entities before the United States Tax Court, the Internal Revenue Service, the Virginia Department of Taxation, and Virginia municipalities in various tax controversy matters. Chris enjoys interfacing with and working alongside his clients' in-house counsel and other professional advisors to provide his clients with effective, valuable solutions.

Recognition and honors

• Attorney Advisor to The Honorable Elizabeth Crewson Paris, United States Tax Court
• Executive Editor; University of Richmond Law Review


• 2013 Year-End Tax Planning Webinar

press and publication

• Private Client Services Update - Trust Directors & Family-Business Succession: New Virginia Laws Warrant Careful Planning

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Areas of Law

  • Business Taxation


    Experience & Credentials



    Admission Details

    Admitted in 2009, Virginia
    United States Tax Court

    Law School Attended

    University of Richmond School of Law
    Class of 2009
    cum laude

    Georgetown University Law Center
    Class of 2010

    University Attended

    The University of Virginia
    Class of 2003

    Birth Information

    Born in 1981
    Newport News, Virginia, July 3, 1981

    Associations & Memberships

    Associations• Virginia State Bar; Taxation Section; Trusts and Estates Section
    • Virginia Bar Association; Taxation Section
    • American Ba... More

    Hobbies & Interests

    Singing, running, playing softball, grilling

    Community Contributions

    Contact Information


    (757) 873.6354


    (757) 873.6359


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    Office Information
    Christopher S. Johnson
    One City Center, Suite 400 11815 Fountain Way,
    Newport News, VA 23606


    Kaufman & Canoles A Professional Corporation (Newport News, Virginia)

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