Christopher R. Grissom - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Christopher R. Grissom

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Chris Grissom practices primarily in the areas of state and local tax planning, LLCs, federal and state tax disputes, and state and local tax and non-tax incentives. Through his tax controversy, planning and incentives work, he deals with a wide variety of industries, including pulp and paper, software technology, automotive, finance, telecommunications, and textile manufacturers. In his tax practice, Chris regularly counsels many of the Fortune 500 on Alabama tax matters. He also conducts multi-state entity studies for a wide array of planning strategies.

He is the co-author of a series of charts on the state tax treatment of LLCs and LLPs that have appeared in The Limited Liability Company Reporter, State Tax Notes, and The Journal of LLCs as well as numerous other tax journals and seminar presentations. He is also a contributing editor to State Tax Notes, State Income Tax Alert, Journal of Multistate Taxation, Journal of Business Entities, and BNA Multistate Tax Report.

Mr. Grissom is a member of the American Bar Association (Member, Section of Tax, Business Law Section); Alabama State Bar (Member, Section of Taxation); the Birmingham Bar Association; Birmingham Regional Chamber of Commerce Finance & Taxation Committee; and Business Council of  Alabama Taxation Committee.

In the economic development practice arena, he negotiates various incentive packages with state and local authorities, and advises clients on the maintenance of and the state and local filing requirements for preserving incentives. Chris has represented Hyundai Heavy Industries, Brose Tuscaloosa, North American Lighting, and POSCO AAPC in the location of their plants in Alabama. He also represents other automotive suppliers in Alabama on a variety of matters.

He is on the Board of Directors for the Japan America Society of Alabama, the Alabama Germany Partnership and the Advisory Board for the North Alabama Industrial Development Association. Chris currently serves as Vice Chair of the firm's Economic Development Practice.

University of AlabamaBS University of Alabama School of LawJ.D.
Economic Development Partnership of AlabamaBirmingham Business Alliance, Taxation and Finance CommitteeEconomic Development Association of AlabamaNorth Alabama Industrial Development Association (NAIDA), Advisory Board Japan America Society of Alabama, Board MemberAlabama Germany Partnership, Board Member German American Chamber of CommerceBirmingham Tax ForumAmerican Bar AssociationAlabama State Bar AssociationBusiness Council of Alabama, Tax CommitteeIndependent SALT AllianceCouncil on State Taxation, Practitioner MemberInstitute for Professionals in Taxation, Income Tax Treatise Committee National Association of Property Tax AttorneysAlabama Automotive Manufacturers Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama


Client Comments

"Chris Grissom has done an excellent job of providing advice and promoting our position to the state while maintaining a budget. When I call with questions, he is responsive. He does a great job of being our "face" to the state revenue department. "

-Nancy Smiegowski
Senior Tax Manager
MeadwestVaco

"Chris is very thorough. If a matter is important to the client it is important to him, no matter how big or small the issue. I find him very responsive and accessible (i.e., he is there when you need him)."

-Benjamin Bright
Director
VF Corporation

"Christopher Grisso provides excellent customer service in all areas of tax law in Alabama."

"Chris Grissom is an outstanding lawyer; he is skilled and knowledgeable in his areas of expertise with the leadership and relationship skills to bring real value and service to his clients."

-Michael R. Hurley
Vice President, Tax
Jim Walter

"Chris Grissom has done an excellent job of providing advice and promoting our position to the state while maintaining a budget. When I call with questions, he is responsive. He does a great job of being our "face" to the state revenue department. "

-Nancy Smiegowski
Senior Tax Manager
MeadwestVaco

Office Location

One Federal Place
1819 Fifth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
United States


Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tax Law (State and Local Tax)

Other Information

Gender: Male