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Lutzker & Lutzker attorneys combine extensive professional experience with personal passion to advise nonprofit clients. In addition to facing the contractual, human resources, intellectual property and other legal issues involved in conducting any business, tax-exempt organizations operate within an environment of complex IRS regulations, a multiplicity of state laws governing charitable fundraising, and increasingly scrutinized corporate governance. As fiscal constraints challenge nonprofits to become more entrepreneurial, these challenges multiply.
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REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Serving as general counsel for the Lili Claire Foundation and its affiliated media organization, Lili Claire Communications, formed to provide hope, answers and help to special needs children and their families.
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  • Advising nonprofit clients on issues relating to corporate governance, complex tax exemption issues involving insider transactions and entrepreneurial activities, planning to assure maintenance of public charity status, affiliate relationships, conflict of interest matters, intellectual property issues, fiscal sponsorship arrangements, and risk management.
  • Serving as general counsel to, and on the Executive Committee of, the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, guiding it through major expansions of its activities, including the creation of its popular TicketPlace, the development of its online service culturecapital.com, negotiation and documentation of its leases, union negotiations, and health insurance for member organizations and advising on other employment, contractual and intellectual property issues.
  • Helping clients evaluate the desirability of creating a nonprofit organization or of creating a for-profit or nonprofit affiliate of an existing tax-exempt entity.
  • Obtaining tax-exempt status for 29 low-income housing organizations formerly part of a group exemption.
  • Forming and representing the Palace Arts Foundation in negotiating licensing, merchandising and publishing agreements for the international exhibition Palace of Gold & Light: Treasures from the Topkapi, Istanbul, which contained more than 250 precious and historic objects, including the famous Topkapi Dagger, the sword of Suleyman the Magnificent and robes of Mehmed the Conqueror.
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  • Representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation in its strategic role as lender to hard-to-finance rehabilitation projects in historic communities.
  • Advising a member of a nonprofit organization fighting expulsion from its membership.
  • Guiding an organization created to make scientific publications available in reasonably priced online aggregations through its formation, development of model agreements with publishers, subscribers and consultants and ongoing contractual and corporate governance issues.
  • Counseling a national nonprofit organization that specializes in strategic repositioning on social and public policy issues in connection with contracts, licensing and intellectual property rights management.
  • Writing regular newsletter articles for and providing online answers to members of the Association for Information Media and Equipment (A.I.M.E.), on copyright questions they encounter in classroom teaching.
  • Assisting in the development of guidelines and agreements for grant programs.
  • Advising nonprofit organizations on dissolution issues and disposition of assets.
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