Areas of Practice

LITIGATION

CONSTITUTIONAL — federal and state constitutional law, including First Amendment speech, petition, press and religion issues.

CIVIL — civil litigation (trials and appeals) of all types, including commercial, contract, business torts, and public policy.

TAX — U.S. Tax Court, federal district court, and state court litigation, involving individual and corporate income tax, estate & gift tax, and other tax matters.

BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS AND CORPORATE LAW

ENTITY FORMATION — evaluation of choice of entity; advice regarding federal, state and local regulatory compliance; drafting organizational documents (corporations, LLCs, partnerships); incorporations and other filings.

GENERAL CORPORATE — buy-sell agreements; representation of closely held corporations; organizational, personnel, and tax questions; and general representation.

COMMERCIAL — contract negotiation and business agreements; contract disputes, arbitration, and litigation; and other commercial matters.

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

NONPROFIT TAX LAW — creation of nonprofit organizations, including public charities and private foundations, as well as social welfare organizations, trade associations, and civic, member, and lobbying organizations; securing tax exempt status for new organizations; legal compliance and legal audits; representation of nonprofit organizations before federal and state regulatory agencies; and litigation on behalf of nonprofit organizations in federal and state courts.

TRADE ASSOCIATIONS — legal counsel to trade associations regarding lobbying, membership, ethics, and other organizational and operational matters.

FUND RAISING — negotiation of fund raising agreements; review of fund raising solicitations; compliance with federal, state and local charitable solicitation laws; participation in the federal government’s Combined Federal Campaign.

LOBBYING REGULATION — federal and state lobbying law compliance and enforcement.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

POSTAL LAW — classification issues, mailability issues, deficiency assessments, refund actions with U.S. Postal Service; litigation of rate, mail classification and rule making dockets before Postal Rate Commission; nonprofit mail authorizations.

FEDERAL ELECTION LAW — organizational and compliance advice; representation of political organizations in compliance matters and enforcement actions (MURs); advisory opinion requests.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAW — requests for government information, Privacy Act, “Reverse-FOIA” matters, litigation.