Provided analysis and guidance to business leaders and executives regarding conflicts of interest and other public sector ethical issues that arise when they accept public board or commission appointments.
Providing legal support to the organizations that drive and enhance our communities.
Throughout the past decade, the nonprofit sector has experienced immense growth. Today, more than three million tax-exempt entities employ nearly 25 percent of all workers in the U.S. In addition, more than 20 percent of all securities are held in tax-exempt employee plans.
At Bricker & Eckler, we recognize the importance of nonprofit organizations to our communities. Our team of nonprofit attorneys offer advocacy to a wide variety of nonprofit groups – from cultural and religious organizations to major education and health care systems. Our clients call on us for assistance in general nonprofit law and in matters unique to their industries, professions, causes and issues.
Because of our extensive experience, most legal issues and challenges that nonprofits face are not new to us. We are able to provide precise answers and workable solutions in a timely and cost-efficient manner, which we know is of particular importance to nonprofits. Matching the innovative and nimble leadership of many of our nonprofit clients, our legal style is marked by ingenuity and pragmatic judgment. In addition, our understanding of the nature and business of nonprofits — derived not only from our legal practice but also from our deeply rooted participation in the nonprofit community we represent — enables us to offer broader and more useful counseling that recognizes practical management, political and business considerations.
Types of clients we represent:
- Advocacy groups
- Colleges and universities
- Hospitals and health care systems
- Long-term care facilities
- Professional societies
- Trade associations
- Trusts and estates
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Whether supporting a small organization with a dozen employees or a regional public hospital system with thousands, our attorneys are committed to providing the insightful employment advice and successful representation for which we are known. By educating our nonprofit clients, anticipating complications and assisting them in preventative measures, we are able to help them maintain a flexible employment operation. Visit our Employment & Labor practice.
Because we’ve worked with a variety of nonprofits, we know that even the smallest transactions and safeguards can be vital to an organization. Having the right connections throughout all stages of business growth, we help our clients access capital, properly structure transactions and protect their future. We take the time to learn about our clients’ businesses and goals, so we can properly assess the risks and benefits of each decision they make. Visit our Business Law practice.
Bricker & Eckler offers comprehensive services related to all aspects of federal, state and local taxation. From tax valuation to tax abatement, as well as the tax implications of economic development projects and financings, our attorneys help nonprofit clients navigate the complexities of ever-changing tax law. Visit our Taxation practice.
Our skilled Government Relations team connects nonprofit organizations to the legislative, administrative and regulatory opportunities that support their goals. Our attorneys use firsthand knowledge of complex election, ethics, lobbying and contracting law to build productive relationships with officials and advocate on behalf of clients’ public policy interests. Visit our Government Relations practice.
Bricker & Eckler helps nonprofit organizations obtain and maintain the resources they need to thrive. Whether initiating new programs or solving issues within existing ones, our attorneys assist with effective revenue generation strategies. Our experience includes bond and note issuances and tax levies, as well as lease-purchase arrangements, collaborative agreements, foundation programs, tax abatements and more. Visit our Public Finance practice.
We represent nonprofit organizations of all types and in all industries to minimize the effects of complex legal issues. As experienced trial lawyers, we know how to win in the courtroom. We also know that this may not always be the best method to resolve our clients’ cases. Whether the solution is an aggressive motion practice, mediation, arbitration or trial by jury, our goal is to deliver results while preserving precious resources and protecting the important relationships that allow organizations to carry out their missions. Visit our Litigation practice.
Bricker & Eckler provides a full range of real estate law services to nonprofit clients. From acquisition, financing and development to investment, leasing and sales, our team assists in all aspects of real estate dealings – and with all the details these transactions entail. Because our real estate attorneys are supported by the firm’s other practice groups, clients also benefit from our tax, construction and financing experience, to name just a few areas with which we typically collaborate. Visit our Real Estate practice.
Intellectual property is often a nonprofit organization’s most valuable asset and can be an important strategic tool in its sustainability. Our team’s technical background, broad legal and business knowledge and deep experience in evaluating, protecting, enforcing and licensing intellectual property help organizations navigate today’s legal obstacles while they build a portfolio of intangible resources. Visit our Intellectual Property practice.
Planning is important for individuals and families to preserve their assets and carry on their legacy. We understand that decisions related to trusts and estates are often both emotional and transactional. For this reason, our attorneys prioritize their client’s objectives, ensuring that every measure is taken to manage and transfer wealth responsibly. We strive for the greatest possible savings in income, estate and gift taxes while designing plans that address each one of our clients’ unique needs. Visit our Trusts & Estates practice.
Assisted an elite college in the formation of a “green” cemetery nonprofit corporation to be used primarily by alumni, former faculty and staff. Rendered federal tax opinions regarding unrelated business income and tax exemption issues.
Assisted a public university in the resolution of multiple issues in dispute within affiliated private nonprofit fundraising foundation.
Represented a nonprofit community hospital in becoming affiliated with a large hospital system, obtaining all regulatory approvals.
Represented governmental hospital and acted as borrower's counsel in $25 million hospital revenue bond financing, successfully negotiating a unique provision that permitted the hospital to convert to private nonprofit status in the future without having to obtain the consent of the bondholders.
Assisted an elite private college in the incorporation of a subsidiary that operates as a world class contemporary art museum.
Served as lead counsel in the acquisition of a nonprofit health system by a health corporation, negotiating the transaction, drafting all corporate documents, conducting due diligence review and completing all regulatory filings.
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