Mike joined Schneider Downs in August 2011 after a career in the private practice of law. He focuses on wealth transfer and succession planning for high-net-worth individuals and business owners across a wide spectrum of industries. Mike also assists clients in developing tax planning and minimization  strategies. He provides technical research and guidance in complex tax situations and keeps clients informed of important developments in tax legislation.


LL.M. in Taxation—Case Western Reserve University School of Law
J.D.—Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, MO
M.B.A.—University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business
B.S.B.A.—Accounting, Robert Morris University

Memberships and Associations

Member of the Pennsylvania and Allegheny County Bar Associations, the Florida Bar, and the Ohio State Bar Association


Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: High Tax Burden For Family-owned Franchisor.

Big Thinking: Comprehensive Planning For A 15% Tax Reduction.

A tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience, CHRIS MCELROY joined Schneider Downs in 2017 and advises clients in diverse sectors, including consumer products and retail, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution. Chris' team went to the aid of a family-owned retailer/franchisor that needed to reduce its tax burden to better align with the long-term vision for the business. Schneider Downs' shareholder-led service model positioned the team to have a sophisticated understanding of the client's objectives and leverage opportunities afforded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "We helped the client implement a structure to get requisite cash flows to the owners while taking advantage of favorable corporate tax rates, non-U.S. tax planning, and other tax provisions such as QBI and FDII,” said McElroy. “We were able to reduce their overall annual global tax burden by nearly 15% as a result." Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal Focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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