Overview

Chris focuses his practice in the following areas: estate planning; estate and trust administration; income, gift and estate tax planning; and business succession planning. He helps clients discern their wealth transfer objectives and implement structures that fit those objectives.

Chris also advises clients in the post-death administration of estates and trusts, and enjoys forming long-term relationships with his clients as a trusted advisor who is available for counsel during life’s transitions.

In addition to his career in private practice, Chris gained experience in the administration of high-net-worth trusts while serving as a senior trust officer of a major national corporate fiduciary.

A prolific writer, Chris founded and manages “Planning Your Future,” a blog that covers tax and estate planning news and trends. As a graduate student in Rome, he served in the United States Air Force Reserve’s Chaplain Candidate Program.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2015, with honors
    • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2013
    • University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, M.A., S.T.B., Theology, 2004, magna cum laude
    • Conception Seminary College, B.A., Liberal Arts/Philosophy, 1999, magna cum laude

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois
        • U.S. Tax Court

          Professional Memberships

          • American Bar Association
          • Chicago Bar Association
          • Chicago Estate Planning Council
        • Insights

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          Alert

          Build Back Better Act I, II, III: Current Version and Trusts and Estates

          Trusts and estates lawyers and advisors have been keeping a close watch on recent developments regarding the tax proposals contained in H.R. 5376, commonly known as the “Build Back Better Act” (the “Act”).

          News Release

          Schiff Hardin Expands Trusts and Estates Group with Counsel Christopher Floss in Lake Forest

          Schiff Hardin LLP today announced the expansion of its Private Clients, Trusts and Estates group with the addition of Christopher Floss as counsel in the firm’s north suburban Lake Forest, Ill. office.

          Publications

          • “Top Ten Tax Topics of 2021,” Planning Your Future blog (Apr. 15, 2021)
          • “Does 3.8% Change Anything? The Intersection of the Net Investment Income Tax and Fiduciary Income Tax,” The Tax Lawyer (Winter 2016)

          Speeches & Presentations

          • “Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates,” YLS Estate Planning Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois (October 8, 2019)
        • Citizenship

          Pro Bono Activities

          Chris is a former associate board member of Goodcity Chicago. He has presented to several religious and civic organizations regarding estate planning, including the Archdiocese of Chicago.

          Civic and Charitable Memberships

          • University Club of Chicago
        • Awards & Honors

          • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Bankruptcy Law, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (2012)
          • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (2000)