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Chris Purnell

Partner and Tax Counsel

505.50.CAPIN ext. 1113
Areas of Service

Tax law
Nonprofit tax compliance
Consulting and advisory


A licensed attorney, Chris advises exempt organizations of all sizes on a wide range of issues, including tax and employee benefit-related matters, representation before state and federal tax authorities, and assistance with firm audit or advisory engagements to formulate advice and counsel on important operating and tax issues. Chris also assists clients with general tax issues, unrelated business income, charitable solicitation, and missionary employment structures.

Prior to joining CapinCrouse in 2019, Chris served as the Executive Director of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, the nation’s largest Christian legal aid organization.

Civic/Professional Involvement

Brookside Community Development Corporation, board member

Certifications and Licenses

Admitted to practice law in Indiana

Speaking and Other Service

Chris is a seasoned communicator who has experience speaking with diverse audiences about various aspects of fundraising and development, nonprofit strategy, and legal issues that affect people in poverty. Further, Chris speaks about charitable tax matters to audiences across the country. He also serves as an elder at World Gospel Church.


B.S., Indiana State University
M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary
J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law


Note: Although licensed to practice law in Indiana, Chris’s services through CapinCrouse do not involve the practice of law and consequently do not result in the creation of an attorney-client relationship.