Christopher L. Nuss is a member of BrownWinick. Chris primarily assists clients in areas of federal, state and local tax planning, compliance and controversies and advises clients on a variety of business transactional issues.

Chris has advised small and large businesses in major aspects of federal income taxation, including issues relating to choice of entity, asset and stock acquisitions and divestitures, mergers and pass-through taxation of limited liability companies, partnerships and S corporations. Chris has supported the development and execution of strategies for significant litigation with the Internal Revenue Service and has managed various federal and state and local tax audits and projects, including sales and use and property tax exemptions. He has represented clients in various tax aspects of federal and state tax credit ventures, commercial mortgage-backed securitizations (primarily 'real estate mortgage investment conduits') and debt-for-debt exchanges.

Chris has also successfully obtained tax-exempt status for nonprofit organizations and addressed issues on unrelated business income, public charity status, private foundation excise taxes and state and local taxes.

Prior to joining BrownWinick, Chris was employed at the Principal Financial Group. Chris also practiced law in Kansas City, Missouri at Polsinelli PC from 1999-2008, where he was a shareholder in the Tax Group and the Nonprofit Organizations Group. Chris became a certified public accountant in 1993 and worked as an accountant at McGladrey & Pullen, LLP in Des Moines, Iowa until 1995.

During 2013-2014, Chris was the Chair of the Taxation Section of the Iowa State Bar Association and continually assists with the planning and execution of the Iowa Bar Association's December Tax School. He also served as the Co-Chair of the 2008 Heart of America Tax Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, where he had been a member of the planning committee since 2002. Chris serves on the Board of the Community Support Advocates, a nonprofit that provides support services to individuals with disabilities across Iowa. He is currently active in providing pro bono services for various nonprofit organizations.

Chris has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® in the area of tax law.

Chris received his B.A. in Accounting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993 and his M.B.A. and J.D., with distinction, in 1999 from the University of Iowa. Chris is licensed in Missouri (1999), Kansas (2000) and Iowa (2009).

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University of Northern Iowa
B.A., Accounting, 1993

University of Iowa
M.B.A., 1999

University of Iowa
J.D., with distinction, 1999


Missouri, 1999
Kansas, 2000
Iowa, 2009

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