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Our firm is comprised of dedicated professionals who share responsibility for taking care of our clients. We strive to obtain and retain the most talented and conscientious lawyers. In addition to our expectation that our attorneys achieve the highest level of commitment to our clients and the legal profession, we also encourage them to become part of, and contribute to, the larger community.

Christopher J. Topa, JD, MBA, MPA

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Bar and Court Admissions
Mr. Topa is admitted to the Michigan Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  Mr. Topa is also admitted to the United States Tax Court.  He is a member of the Michigan State Bar Association Tax Law Section, Business Law Section, Probate & Estate Planning Section, Health Care Law Section and former Chair of the Law Student Section. 
 

Community Involvement
During law school, Mr. Topa became one of the founding members of the Washtenaw County EITC Coalition and the Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition.  Mr. Topa is a Benedictine Oblate at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, Indiana, where he serves on the Oblate Council.  He is also a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus where he served as Council 1086 Chancellor, Warden, Recorder and Youth Director.  Mr. Topa is the former College and Vendor Coordinator for Youthfest, Inc., Christian Rock Concert and Fun Day program.  In his spare time Mr. Topa helps to design and maintain database programs for non-profit organizations.

 

Education
Mr. Topa graduated from Indiana University earning a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs & Criminal Justice from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  While at Indiana University, Mr. Topa was a member of the Hutton Honors College.  Among his many campus activities, he served as Mu Chapter President of Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity and was awarded its highest distinction, the Distinguished Service Key for exemplifying the ideals of Leadership, Friendship and Service. 

 

Mr. Topa went on to earn a Masters in Business Administration in the Leadership Education for Adult Professionals program at Indiana Wesleyan University in 2000.  During his MBA, he was the recipient of the "Outstanding Professional Award" for exemplifying the highest qualities of leadership, integrity and professionalism.   

 

In 2002, Mr. Topa graduated from the Indiana University, Kelley School of Business earning a Masters of Professional Accountancy with a concentration in Financial Analysis.  During his MPA, Mr. Topa participated in an Activities Based Costing and inventory control project for a major textbook retailer as well as stock valuation projects for two major clothing retailers. 

 

Mr. Topa attended the Ave Maria School of Law in Ann Arbor, MI and earned his Juris Doctorate in 2006.  The law school awarded Mr. Topa the St. Thomas More Scholarship for Academic Achievement.  He was president of the Business Law Society, served in Phi Alpha Delta and helped start the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for Washtenaw County

 

Mr. Topa is currently a candidate for a Legum Magister (LLM) with a concentration in Taxation at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit, Michigan.  His coursework includes Individual Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Partnership Taxation, State & Local Taxation, International Taxation, Federal Tax Practice and Employee Benefits.
 

About Mr. Topa:

Christopher J. Topa oversees the day-to-day operations of the firm.  Mr. Topa also works on a variety of Tax, Business and Estate matters, including: tax return preparation, taxpayer representation, claims before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, estate and trust planning, business formations, non-profit formations, and counseling clients on business related issues.

 

He enjoys spending time outdoors camping, hiking and fishing.   His favorite activity, however, is spending time with his wife and daughter who often come to visit us at the office.

 

Email: cjtopa@advocatuslaw.com

 

Professional Experience:

Attorney

2007-present

Advocatus Law Firm, PLC

East Lansing, MI

 

2003-2009

Site Coordinator & Tax Trainer

IRS - Volunteer Return Preparation Program

Ann Arbor, MI

 

2008-present

Office Manager

Kids First Immediate Care

East Lansing, MI

 

2003-2007

Office Manager

Huron Valley Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine, PLC

Ann Arbor, MI

 

1994-2003

Office Manager / Vice President

Ming Enterprises

Bloomington, IN

 

1993-1994

Administrative Assistant

Dana M. Larbus Law Practice

Noblesville, IN

                                                     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F. Vincent Vernuccio, JD

Mr. Vernuccio recently left the firm to serve his country in an official capacity.   We are exceptionally proud of his accomplishments and wish him the best of luck.

Email: fvveruccio@advocatuslaw.com

Jacob Ferris, JD

Mr. Ferris recently left the firm to found his own solo practice on the west side of Michigan.  He may be found at:
 
Ferris Law Offices, PLC
 
We are proud to have worked with Mr. Ferris and wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.

Email: jrferris@ferrislawoffices.com

 
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