Christopher Hanna

Christopher Hanna

Baker & McKenzie LLP


Christopher H. Hanna joined Baker McKenzie as Counsel in January 2019. He is the Alan D. Feld Endowed Professor of Law and the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Southern Methodist University. Professor Hanna has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas School of Law, the University of Florida College of Law, the University of Tokyo School of Law and a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School and the Japanese Ministry of Finance. In 1998, Professor Hanna served as a consultant in residence to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. From June 2000 until April 2001, he assisted the US Joint Committee on Taxation in its complexity study of the US tax system and, from May 2002 until February 2003, he assisted the Joint Committee in its study of Enron, and upon completion of the study, continued to serve as a consultant to the Joint Committee on tax legislation. From May 2011 until December 31, 2018, he served as Senior Policy Advisor for Tax Reform (Republican staff) to the United States Senate Committee on Finance, working extensively on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Professional Honors

  • Selected, Outstanding Young Lawyers in the United States by Barrister Magazine (a Publication of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division), 1995
  • Dr. Don M. Smart Award for Excellence in Teaching, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Law Institute
  • American College of Tax Counsel
  • International Fiscal Association
  • The Dallas Assembly


  • District of Columbia~United States (1991)


  • New York University School of Law (LLM in Taxation) (1989)
  • University of Florida (JD, with Honors, Order of the Coif) (1988)
  • University of Florida (BS Accounting, with High Honors) (1984)


  • Co-author, Corporate Income Tax Accounting, Warren Gorham & Lamont 2007, 2d ed. 2008, 3rd ed. 2009, 4th ed. 2010, 5th ed. 2011, 6th ed. 2012, 7th ed. 2013, 8th ed. 2014, 9th ed. 2015, 10th ed. 2016, 11th ed. 2017

  • Principal Drafter, Comprehensive Tax Reform for 2015 and Beyond, United States Senate, Committee on Finance, December 2014

  • Author, Comparative Income Tax Deferral: The United States and Japan, Kluwer Law International 2000

Leading articles

  • Author, “Some Observations on Corporate or Business Tax Reform,” 68 SMU Law Review 595 (Summer 2015) (SSRN top ten download list for “Tax Law: Tax Law & Policy eJournal,” “LSN: Tax (Topic),” “Comparative Political Economy: Fiscal Policy eJournal,” “PSN: Income Tax (Topic),” and “LSN: Public Tax Law - U.S. (Topic)” (January, February and March 2016)

  • Author, “Corporate Tax Reform: Listening to Corporate America,” 35 J. Corp. Law 283 (January 2010) (SSRN top ten download list for “Tax Law and Policy Journal Top Ten,” “ERPN Regulation – Top Ten,” and “Public Economics Journal – Top Ten” (July and August 2009)