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In Brief: A Digest of Nonprofit Organizations & Religious Institutions Projects

Client Success

Religious Institutions

  • Guided the Archdiocese of Milwaukee through a multiyear restructuring process involving questions of first impression under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
  • Represented numerous denominations in issues as varied as real estate, church pension plans, tax issues involving clergy, planned giving, litigation and employment counseling.
  • Represented large church organization in updating retirement plan documents, retirement plan administration and correcting past errors with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Advised the self-insured health plan of a large religious organization on navigating new contraception rules under the Affordable Care Act.
  • Prepared use restrictions in real estate conveyance documents to ensure building’s continued use as a church after its sale.
  • Represented a congregation in its acquisition of two apartment buildings for use in prison ministry.
  • Developed and implemented a for-profit subsidiary and commercial enterprise that is controlled by a faith-based organization and provides funding and employment for the organization’s constituents.
  • Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
  • Successfully reorganized multiple nonprofit public hospitals through Chapter 11 bankruptcies.
  • Obtained federal tax-exempt status as a charitable organization for medical service and research organizations spearheaded by private physicians.
  • Assisted a hospital with the decision to augment its audit committee membership and charter.
  • Colleges, Universities and Schools
  • Authored an amicus brief before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of a nonprofit serving the largest urban school districts in America.
  • Advised universities on structuring for-profit and nonprofit joint venture to maximize potential while protecting tax-exempt status.
  • Served as general counsel to the Kansas City Public Schools in its efforts to sell, lease and repurpose vacant school buildings.


  • Serve as general counsel for major art institutions, offering guidance on governance, charitable giving, employment matters, intellectual property, tax issues, litigation, construction, employee benefits and public finance.
  • Advised the Saint Louis Art Museum on all aspects of a $150 million building expansion.
  • Counseled museum on labor negotiations involving three bargaining units.
  • Community Foundations and Other Nonprofits
  • Defended numerous tax-exempt organizations in connection with IRS audits.
  • Created employee benefits and executive compensation plans for nonprofit cultural institutions.
  • Successfully advocated on behalf of political groups to place measures on statewide ballots.
  • Provided real estate contract drafting and review for a local watershed conservation nonprofit.
  • Designed cash balance retention plans for two top executives of a cultural institution;
  • Advised foundation, from contract negotiation through closing, on purchase of real estate from a church.
  • Represented two foundations on the purchase and subsequent lease of several buildings that were redeveloped as an animal shelter.
  • Advised nonprofit arts organization on all aspects of the development and management of a public garden.
  • Represented nonprofit organization that provides employment for blind individuals in all its labor and employment matters nationwide.
  • Served as general counsel to a national nonprofit, handling all of its governance and corporate issues, employment matters, litigation, general contract review, board counsel and tax advice.

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