There are two qualities that help Sherin and Lodgen match up well with nonprofits:
- Our attorneys are nonprofit board members. There's no substitute for the practical, in-the-trenches experience of serving on a board. Nearly all of our partners and a significant portion of our associates are or have been nonprofit board members or officers.
- We take an interdisciplinary approach. Nonprofits defy pigeonholing. Our nonprofit clients depend on Sherin and Lodgen's corporate, real estate and litigation attorneys to deal with the complex, interrelated regulatory and tax frameworks in which nonprofits operate.
First-hand experience and a breadth of legal support matter to nonprofits because nonprofits are different from other corporate clients. Clients in the nonprofit industry face ever-increasing regulatory and tax scrutiny in their operations--from executive compensation issues to related-party transactions.
We represent nonprofit entities from struggling start-ups to stable, mature institutions and everything in between. These include:
- Educational institutions
- Health care providers
- Social service agencies
- Museums and institutions
- Religious and scientific associations
These clients rely on our counsel for mergers and acquisitions, dealing with issues related to obtaining and maintaining tax exempt status, fundraising issues, fiduciary duties, and advice on education and health law. Leading businesses and individuals also seek our advice in establishing and dealing with nonprofit entities.
- Merger of related organizations into single state affiliate of national charity
- Multimillion dollar tax-exempt bond issuance for construction of large private preparatory school
- Investigations by the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, including whistleblower claims, failure to disclose, related party transactions and failure to operate in accordance with charitable purpose