Chris Clayton is an attorney and tax partner at Babush Neiman Kornman & Johnson. In his dual roles as tax consultant and firm managing partner, he provides clients with accounting and consulting services as well as insight into business planning, oper76ations and exit strategies. Throughout his career spanning over four decades, Chris has maintained a focus on tax issues and solving the complex problems they often present for clients, while working to help them structure their assets in a way that minimizes their tax burdens, and maximizes and protects their wealth.
Working primarily with private, closely held businesses, Chris helps clients design sophisticated tax and business plans that build long and short-term strength. He also works with larger and publicly held corporations on special long-term projects and assists many high net worth individuals, including CEOs and CFOs, business owners, investors, entertainers, athletes and other corporate executives in implementing personal tax strategies that are complementary to their other plans.
Prior to joining BNKJ, Chris served as tax manager at Deloitte & Touche. He holds both a BBA in Finance and Juris Doctor in Law from the University of Georgia and serves as a frequent guest lecturer for many professional organizations such as the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA).
Outside of the office, Chris volunteers his time and accounting expertise to help some of his favorite charities. He is an alumni and supporter of Marist School in Atlanta, and currently serves on the YMCA Camp High Harbour Board. He is a YMCA of Metro Atlanta 2016 Volunteer of the Year representing Camp High Harbour, and was also honored to receive the Brother of the Year award for Alpha Phi Omega, the community service fraternity at UGA. Chris has served on the Atlanta Children’s Shelter Finance Committee, the Fraser Center Board and the Woodruff Arts Center Fundraising Committee. He is an active supporter of Home Stretch and Camp Twin Lakes, and was one of the American Diabetes Association’s top 20 fundraisers for Tour de Cure.
Architecture, fishing and outdoor activities loom large among Chris’s many interests and hobbies. He is a dedicated hiker who has long cherished the goal of completing the Appalachian Trail (which Chris says all dedicated hikers refer to as the AT). Going by the trail name of Pierogi (a Polish dumpling), Chris and his hiker team have made it as far as North Carolina and they hope to reach Maine. Chris and his wife Maureen have three grown (or almost grown) sons. The couple lives in Roswell, Georgia and spends as much time as possible in Milledgeville on Lake Sinclair.