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Overview

Finding ways to do more good

Today, not-for-profit doesn’t mean not powerful and influential. The nonprofit sector contributes an estimated $1 trillion to the US economy each year, composing 5.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). Tax-exempt organizations increasingly wield power in the economy and society. And as they grow in strength, their operation and programs become more complex. They need sophisticated legal counsel who understand what it takes to run a successful nonprofit.

The nonprofit team at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig helps nonprofit and charitable organizations run their operations in a way that complies with applicable laws and regulations, maintains their tax-exempt status, and positions them for growth. Our law firm helps these clients meet their governance and compliance obligations so they can focus on achieving their mission.

Our experience in the nonprofit sector

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents a diverse group of nonprofit organizations, including universities, schools, hospitals, churches, charitable foundations, veterans groups, cultural institutions, fraternal organizations, social clubs, trade associations, service organizations, cooperatives, and tax-exempt government units.

Our multidisciplinary nonprofit team works with nonprofit organizations through their entire lifecycle, from formation through dissolution. We help not-for-profit organizations qualify for federal and state tax exemption and a variety of formation and governance issues, including Form 990 and IRS compliance. We advise clients on charitable solicitations and registration requirements and the applicable tax rules. We also work with clients on matters that span our practice areas, from contracts to employment law, intellectual property, and other regulatory matters.

What we do

  • Help charitable organizations with all aspects of their startup and formation, including tax exemptions, corporate governance, and licensing and compliance
  • Advise boards of directors on ethics, governance, fiduciary responsibilities, and conflicts of interest
  • Counsel nonprofits on tax rules and regulations, including sales, use, and income tax
  • Draft board resolutions
  • Negotiate the terms and conditions of major gifts
  • Represent nonprofits in business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and affiliations
  • Audit practices and policies for compliance with laws and regulations and correct existing violations
  • Manage audits and proceedings by the IRS, state attorneys general, and state government agencies

Partner

Justin Banford

Partner

Alex Butterman

Partner

Brenda Hankins

Partner

Cherylyn Harley LeBon

Partner

Gerald LeMelle

Partner

Team

Christopher M. Arakaky

Associate

Farzad Panjshiri

Associate

Scott Cipinko

Of Counsel

Néstor Cruz

Of Counsel

Craig Donais

Of Counsel

April Lash

Of Counsel

Chadwick D. Rogers

Of Counsel

Andrew Sindler

Of Counsel

Jeffrey Lippman

Senior Associate

William (Calvin) Smith

Senior Counsel

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Intern Program

As part of our effort to recruit, develop and retail the best and brightest attorneys, Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers a summer intern program for promising law school students who are looking to work as part of an innovative and incredibly successful team. With a global team of lawyers, selected candidates are able to work on high level projects in a collaborative space.

Paralegals and Legal Support Staff

At Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, our team of paralegals and staff work together collaboratively along side our attorneys toward a common goal. We have created a positive work environment where our paralegals and legal assistants work to successfully reach firm-wide goals and support each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance. They regularly assist our attorneys with organizing and maintaining files, conducting legal research, and preparing documents.