Marilee J. Springer



Marilee Springer serves as outside general counsel to her clients, providing concierge level service to tax-exempt organizations, social impact entities, donors and quasi-governmental entities. Marilee focuses on corporate, governance, tax and structuring issues, and her clients are served by lawyers across the entire Faegre Drinker platform. In the social impact space, Marilee frequently advises clients on corporate social responsibility programs, social impact investments and sophisticated grants, and mission-related investments.

Government Background

In addition to her legal background, Marilee served in the public sector as deputy chief of staff and senior policy director for former Indiana Governor Mike Pence (now vice president of the United States). Marilee was responsible for oversight and management of executive agencies, the cabinet, boards and commissions; management of the personnel process for selection of agency heads and the performance evaluation process; and input regarding policy, legislative and communication strategies for the governor and executive agencies. As senior policy director, she led transition- team efforts to select and orient the governor’s policy team before inauguration and oversaw policy development for the governor’s first legislative agenda, “The Roadmap for Indiana.”

Representative Experience

Marilee focuses on tax-exempt entities with an emphasis on trade associations, economic development organizations, private foundations, health care entities, social enterprise entities, research organizations, quasi-governmental entities and other highly regulated entities.

She advises her diverse client base in all aspects of their operations from formation, applying for tax exemption, advice regarding the impact of proposed or new legislation, conflicts of interest, board member relations, and reviewing and negotiating material contracts, UBIT and grant programs, among others.

Marilee has assisted numerous tax-exempt clients in evaluating, structuring and documenting corporate reorganizations involving mergers, liquidations, dissolutions, taxable subsidiaries (C corporations and LLCs) and other sophisticated structuring options. Marilee advises tax-exempt clients on the reasonableness of compensation to executives or insiders, including the application of the intermediate sanction regulations.


Bar Admissions



Purdue University
B.A. in Psychology and Law and Society, with distinction (1993)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Indiana Law Review (note development editor) (1996)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Thrivent Trust Company, Board Member
  • Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, Inc., Board and Investment Committee Member
  • Indiana Bicentennial Celebrations Planning Committee Member
  • Traders Point Christian Church, Volunteer
  • Society of Sagamores at Sagamore Institute

Firm Leadership

  • Prior firm: chair, Strategic Planning Committee


  • Indiana Super Lawyer, Nonprofit Organizations, 2019-20
  • Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year” in Nonprofits/Charities Law in Indianapolis, 2018, 2013
  • Best Lawyers® in America, Nonprofits/Charities Law, 2009-20
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