We understand the business side of non-profits, and we offer creative approaches to guide you in managing governance, financial and operational issues, enabling you to fulfill your organization’s mission.
We offer business-savvy counseling that recognizes both the unique challenges and opportunities for private foundations, public charities, trade associations, educational institutions, religious organizations, as well as professional and political organizations. Compliance with state and federal laws on annual reporting, board governance, fundraising, and the tax code are challenging, and we advise on every aspect of keeping you on the right side regulators. On the opportunity side, we have rich experience in the relatively new areas of social enterprise, and alternative financing of the missions of both member-focused and community-focused organizations. While our tax attorneys provide essential services to non-profits, our corporate lawyers offer a broader perspective on building the business side for long-term sustainability.
Successfully defended a family against their landlord. The landlord filed proceedings seeking to recover unpaid rent while our client filed a counterclaim for failure to repair, breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation. The Judge awarded the family $4,000 in compensatory damage and ordered the landlord to pay $15,000 in punitive damages.
Serves as outside counsel for all media, merchandising, blogging, copyright, trademark, and social media inquiries for several national conservative non-profit groups, including Tea Party Patriots and Center for Self Governance.
Served as Plaintiffs' co-counsel in federal lawsuit against the IRS and individual defendants for unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination against non-profit educational and advocacy groups. Agreeing to a declaratory judgement, Attorney General Jeff Sessions acknowledged that the conduct of the IRS “was wrong and should have never occurred.”
Wrote amicus curiae brief in support of challenge to Minnesota statutes limiting free speech activities near voting areas.
- Obtained jury verdict in favor of a non-profit advocacy group in trademark and defamation jury trial
Successfully defended non-profit advocacy group against claim that it did not own rights to its name.
- BuckHaven Lifestyle , December 1, 2017
- June 17, 2016
- September 30, 2015
- November 1, 2018
- December 14, 2017
- October 30, 2017
- January 30, 2017
- November 12, 2015
- HR Daily Advisor, June 5, 2018
- November 7, 2017
- June 2018
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- January 14, 2016
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- September 23, 2015
- August 11, 2015
- October 23, 2014
- Marriott Marquis, Marquis Salon, November 14-17
- "2017 Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Professional Fellows Program," YLAI Entrepreneurship InstituteHuntsville, AL, November 3, 2017
- Cohutta Springs Conference Center, February 7-11, 2018
- Atlanta, Ga., March 23, 2017
- "Social Enterprise: Good for Nonprofits, Good for Business, Good for Both or Good for Nothing," Seminar, Andrew Young School of Public Policy and Georgia State LawAtlanta, Ga., October 28, 2016
- "Fueling Impact: Innovative Business Models and Legal Structures," Social Enterprise @ Goizueta Nonprofit PanelAtlanta, Ga., October 6, 2016
- "What is a §501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization and Its Limitations," 2016 Atlanta Bar Association March Madness Pro Bono EventAtlanta, Ga., March 22, 2016
Areas Of Focus
- Non-Profit Organization and Structuring
- Tax Exempt Qualifications, Compliance and Planning
- Non-Profit Governance
- Joint Ventures, Subsidiaries, Mergers and Strategic Partnerships
- For-Profit Subsidiaries and Earned Revenue
- Grants and Gifting Requirements
- PRI/MRI Financing
- Commercial Contracts and Transactions
- Employment and Benefits
- Intellectual Property and Licensing
- Real Estate, Leases and Property Tax Exemption