Christopher James Topa JD, MBA, MPA

Advocatus Law Firm, PLC
  • Business Law, Estate Planning, Tax Law
  • Michigan
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Wayne State University Law School
LL.M | Taxation
- present
Ave Maria School of Law
Honors: Full-Tuition Scholarship for Academic Achievement
Indiana Wesleyan University
M.S | Master of Business Administration
Honors: - Elected by faculty and fellow students for highest honor, "Outstanding Professional Award"
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
B.S. | Public & Environmental Affairs / Criminal Justice
Honors: - Hutton Honors College - Alpha Phi Omega Distinguished Service Key
Activities: - Alpha Phi Omega - Alpha Theta Tau Commons Club - Indiana University Student Association
Indiana University - Indiana University-Bloomington
M.S | Master of Professional Accountancy
- Performed Activities Based Costing and Inventory Control projects for national textbook dealer - Performed Stock Valuation project for national retail clothing chains
Professional Experience
Managing Member
Advocatus Law Firm, PLC
- Current
- Conduct research, evaluate law and regulations, offer opinions, draft legal documents and handle litigation - Hire, supervise and schedule employees - Prepare, analyze and review billing, financial statements and tax returns
Site Coordinator
Internal Revenue Service - Volunteer Return Preparation Program
- Current
- IRS Certified Tax Preparer for Individual, Pension, Military, and Foreign Student Returns (Tax Years 2003-2008) - TaxWise Train-the-Trainer Certified (Tax Year 2006-2007) - Train, supervise and schedule tax preparers - Prepare and audit tax returns, e-File administrator - Certify and assure compliance with IRS regulations and standards
Office Manager
Huron Valley Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine
- Handle patient intake, respond to patient inquiries and grievances - Conduct research, evaluate medical law and regulations, offer opinions and draft forms for doctor - Hire, supervise and schedule employees - Prepare, analyze and review billing, payroll, financial statements and tax returns - Coordinate computer operations and network management
Office Manager
Ming Enterprises
- Performed legal research and prepared corporate documents and leases, participated in landlord-tenant litigation - Supervised and scheduled employees - Prepared, analyzed and reviewed financial statements and tax statements - Converted existing paper journal/ledger system to self-developed accounting software system
Professional Associations
National Association of Tax Professionals
- Current
Michigan State Bar # 70306
- Current
Activities: Taxation Section, Administrative Law Section, Consumer Protection Law Section, Healthcare Law Section, Business Law Section, Former Chair - Law Student Section
American Bar Association
- Current
Activities: Taxation Section, Administrative Law Section, Business Law Section, Law Practice Management Section, Solo and General Practice Section
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
US District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
US Tax Court
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
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Contact & Map
6110 Abbot Road
Ste. D
East Lansing, MI 48823
Telephone: (734) 358-2113
Fax: (517) 332-3325