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Christopher A. Ballard



University of Michigan Law School, J.D.
University of Michigan, B.A.
  • with honors and distinction

Prior Employment

  • Bodman PLC, Partner, 2004-2011
  • Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith PC, 1994-2004; Shareholder, 1999-2004; Associate, 1994-1998
  • Coopers & Lybrand, Tax Associate, 1992-1994

Bar Admissions

Court Admissions


  • French
  • German

Professional Affiliations

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)

  • Fellow, 2014-present

State Bar of Michigan

  • Probate Council
  • Taxation Section, Council Member
  • Estates and Gift Tax Committee, Chair

Washtenaw County Bar Association

Washtenaw Estate Planning Council

Ann Arbor Dispute Resolution Center, Board of Directors

National Association of Legal Assistants, Certifying Board, Member

News & Resources


Mr. Ballard concentrates his practice on estate planning, trusts administration, business planning, taxation and nonprofit organizations.

  • Counsels clients on wealth management matters, including estate and inheritance tax issues, preservation of assets, charitable giving and probate administration
  • Advises clients on fiduciary, international and partnership tax matters


FIRST (Michigan), Board of Directors, Member

Emerson School, Board of Trustees, Trustee 

NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work), Secretary, Board Member and Chair of Governance Committee

Eyak Preservation Council, Advisory Board

News & Resources



Seminars & Events


  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2017
  • Michigan Super Lawyers, 2014-2016
  • DBusiness, Top Lawyers, 2011-2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Community Legal Resources, Attorney of the Year Award, 2007 and 2008

Academic Appointments

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Nonprofit Organizations, Adjunct Professor, 2011