Partners and Associates

Partners and Associates

A hybrid team of accountants, advisors, and consultants whose collective experience and diverse backgrounds ignite ideas, reconfigure approaches, and recommend strategies and innovative solutions for our clients.

Milwaukee (Headquarters)

10000 Innovation Dr.
Milwaukee, WI

Tel: 414.431.9322
Fax: 414.431.9303



Areas of Expertise

  • Business formation and capitalization
  • Choice-of-entity issues and accounting methods
  • Business mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, and other changes in ownership
  • Tax planning for business sales and liquidations
  • Cancellation and restructuring of debt
  • Tax-deferred exchanges
  • Real estate-related tax credits and incentives
  • IRS and WDR audit and appeals assistance
  • Shareholder and key employee tax issues, including equity compensation


Construction and Real Estate


St. Norbert College - De Pere, Wisconsin
  • Bachelor of business administration degree in accounting - Graduated magna cum laude
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Master of taxation degree
  • Graduate certificate in state and local tax

Crystal Christenson, CPA, MST


As a tax partner, Crystal Christenson offers Wipfli clients more than 30 years of expertise and dedication. She serves as the chairperson of the firm’s construction and real estate tax practice and is Wipfli’s designated partnership tax specialist. She was previously a co-director of the firm’s tax practice. Crystal is dedicated to providing proactive services to the firm’s clients, with emphasis on the development of innovative tax strategies and technical assistance with complex transactions. Her client base consists entirely of businesses and individuals involved in the construction and/or real estate development industry at both the local and national levels.

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Master of Taxation
  • Graduate Certificate in State and Local Tax
  • Elijah Watt Sells Award - Honor given to the top 0.2% of those sitting for the national CPA examination for scores of extraordinary merit
  • Meldman Award - Top graduate in the Master of Taxation program
  • Merit Award - Highest cumulative GPA in the Master of Taxation program’s 16-year history
Professional Organizations and Activities
  • UW-Milwaukee Master of Taxation program - Past instructor for Partnership, S Corporation, and LLC Tax course and Tax and Business Strategies course
  • UW-Milwaukee Accounting program - Past instructor for Business Tax course
  • Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women (WCREW) - Past board member and treasurer
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) - Member
  • Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants (WICPA) - Member
  • Author of numerous tax-related articles for local, national, and academic publications
  • Frequent trainer and speaker on numerous tax-related topics for both internal and external audiences