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Nonprofit Organizations

Our firm's concentration in the nonprofit organization field includes the tax and corporate law needs of public charities, private foundations, and charitable trusts. We represent hundreds of large and small charities, foundations and other nonprofit organizations nationwide, using local attorneys where appropriate. We have never had an application for exemption or request for letter ruling turned down by the Internal Revenue Service. Our attorneys in this field include Wendell R. Bird and Jonathan T. McCants. Of the four Georgia attorneys with a primary concentration in nonprofit law recognized as SuperLawyers since 2005, our firm includes two—Mr. Bird as a SuperLawyer and Mr. McCants as a SuperLawyer "Rising Star."

Wendell R. Bird has published a score of tax articles on nonprofit organization law, and has lectured for over 25 years and been a plenary speaker for 15 years at the leading national conference on nonprofit organizations (the Washington Non Profit Legal & Tax Conference). He has been the co-chair of the American Bar Association Subcommittee on Charitable Contributions for ten years, and also has been the chair of the ABA Subcommittee on Religious Organizations, and of the ABA Subcommittee on State and Local Taxation. He has served on the Board of Advisors of New York University Law School's National Center on Philanthropy and the Law, is on the Advisory Board of Taxation of Exempts, and was on the Advisory Board of Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations. On request by the publishers, Wendell Bird wrote a chapter on exempt organization tax law for one of the three national tax looseleaf services (CCH's Federal Tax Service, a 25 vol. series) (with Russell Reach), wrote a chapter of the then-leading treatise on exempt organization law (Federal and State Taxation of Exempt Organizations published by Warren Gorham & Lamont), and wrote a guide for accountants on tax law governing religious organizations for Taxation for Accountants (with Thomas Kotouc). His score of other articles on nonprofit organization law have appeared in Journal of Taxation of Exempt Organizations, Journal of Exempts, Practical Tax Lawyer, Tax Exempt Organizations, etc. He has served as general counsel to various national nonprofit organizations. He has been listed as a Georgia Super Lawyer in the nonprofit field since that rating was established.

Jonathan T. McCants is a 1997 graduate of Harvard Law School and is in his twentieth year of law practice. He has formed and exempted many Section 501(c)(3) organizations, including private foundations, public charities, educational institutions, churches, and supporting organizations, and regularly consults with clients small and large in a variety of areas affecting such organizations. He also regularly advises nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries and non-501(c)(3) exempt organizations, particularly Section 501(c)(2), (c)(4) and (c)(7) organizations. Mr. McCants began his practice as a litigator, and regularly serves as litigation counsel for nonprofit organizations. He serves as the Religious Organizations columnist for one of the leading publications focusing on laws affecting exempt organizations, Taxation of Exempts, published by Thomson Reuters.

Mark P. Miller is a 1990 law graduate of University of Cambridge and has master's degrees from Boston University, University of Notre Dame, and University of Cambridge.  He has extensive experience in nonprofit law and has formed an exempted a variety of Section 501(c)(3) organizations, including private grant-making foundations, private operating foundations, public charities, churches and supporting organizations.  He regularly consults with clients with regard to a variety of governance, tax, regulatory, and transactional issues that such organizations must address.

Troy G. Woollen serves the trademark and other intellectual property needs of nonprofit organizations. Kevin J. Loechl, a principal of the firm, oversees the firm's corporate law practice and has significant experience handling the transactional needs of nonprofit organizations. Richard L. Brittain, also a principal of the firm, leads the firm's litigation practice, including nonprofit organization litigation, and assists in serving the needs of nonprofit organizations.

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