Nonprofit Organizations Focus
As outside counsel to numerous nonprofit organizations, Brendan advises on:
- Corporate governance issues
- Legal structuring
- Mergers and combinations
- Asset sales and purchases
- The use of subsidiary and affiliated organizations
- The creation of joint ventures and other collaborative initiatives among multiple stakeholders
- Lobbying and advocacy activities
Brendan also advises nonprofit clients on tax law matters. He has experience counseling private foundations on excise tax matters and advising nonprofit clients on unrelated business income tax issues. He also has experience seeking rulings and determinations from tax authorities and resolving tax controversies with federal, state and local taxing authorities. Brendan helps nonprofit clients obtain exemption from state income and sales taxes and comply with state-level charitable solicitation rules and regulations.
Brendan works with clients engaged in international activities. He advises clients on international grantmaking issues, OFAC and FCPA compliance issues, the creation of foreign affiliates, and cross-border tax issues. Brendan also works with foreign nonprofit organizations operating in the United States, advising them on legal structuring issues, fundraising issues and the creation of “friends of” organizations.
Religious Organizations Experience
Brendan advises churches and religious organizations, including religiously affiliated schools. Brendan also works regularly with Catholic religious institutes and their sponsored ministries and has experience helping religious institutes create ministry corporations and charitable trusts, merge provinces, and restructure their operations.
Trade Associations Experience
Brendan serves as outside counsel to a number of nonprofit associations, including charitable association and business leagues. Brendan advises associations on governance, tax, structuring and corporate transaction matters.