Christopher R. Grissom

Legal Assistant
Amanda Kilgo
P: 205.521.8150

Chris Grissom practices primarily in the areas of state and local tax planning, LLCs, and state tax disputes, and state and local tax and non-tax incentives. Through his tax controversy, planning and incentives work, he deals with a wide variety of industries, including pulp and paper, solar and renewables, software technology, automotive, finance, and telecommunications. In his tax practice, Chris regularly counsels many of the Fortune 500 on state tax and incentive matters. He also conducts multi-state entity studies for a wide array of planning strategies.

As chair of the Economic Development Practice Group, Chris negotiates various incentive packages with state and local authorities, and advises clients on the maintenance of and the state and local filing requirements for preserving incentives. He has represented Hyundai Heavy Industries, Brose Tuscaloosa, North American Lighting, and POSCO AAPC in the location of their plants in Alabama. He also represents other automotive suppliers in Alabama on a variety of matters.

Notable Matters
  • Assisted Verizon with expansion of its wireline and wireless Alabama infrastructure footprint in cities and counties statewide. The growth and expansion initiative will assist Verizon in expanding its infrastructure to accommodate 5G, as well as Smart City technologies that, in turn, will support robust wireless and fiber access for the state’s growing economy.
  • Counsel to Canadian-based Samuel Associated Tube Group on locating a $29 million manufacturing facility in Birmingham, Alabama. Assisted with negotiating the incentives package and provided counsel with respect to real estate and local tax issues. The planned 284,000-square-foot facility will allow the company to consolidate area operations and accommodate future growth, and the project will add another 50 new employees to the almost 200 current Birmingham workforce.
  • Counsel to National Cement on the $250 million construction of a new kiln for the company’s Ragland facility. Assisted with the negotiation of the city, state and county’s incentives package, as well as the construction contract and addressing environmental permits.
  • Represented Warrior Met Coal on the development of a new “world class” mine located on the Blue Creek reserves in West Alabama. Successfully negotiated a tax abatement incentives package for the Brookwood-based company. Warrior Met anticipates an investment of approximately $550 million to $600 million over the next five years to develop the new mine, creating over 350 new jobs.
  • Counsel to Spanish automotive supplier Truck & Wheel Group in locating a $30 million tire and wheel assembly facility in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, their first facility in the U.S. Negotiated the incentives package and provided counsel with respect to real estate, corporate, construction, choice of entity and state and local tax issues. The plant is expected to bring more than 70 jobs to the Tuscaloosa area.
  • Counsel to Rex Lumber to locate a $110 million state-of-the-art lumber manufacturing operation in Pike County, Alabama. Successfully assisted in negotiating the incentives package and provided counsel with respect to real estate, corporate, choice of entity and state and local tax issues. The project is expected to create approximately 100 competitive-wage jobs with an estimated annual production of 240 million board feet.
  • Counsel to Pack Health in locating the start-up’s new headquarters in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Successfully negotiated the state and local incentives package that will locate approximately 175 employees over four years at the new headquarters on First Avenue North.