One of the extraordinary features of American society is the wide range of charitable and not-for-profit entities which play a major role our society, and which can be a great force for public good and private satisfaction. Gipson Hoffman & Pancione has extensive experience in working with our clients involved in public charities and private foundations. Our attorneys have formed and counseled many nonprofit and charitable organizations, from family foundations to high-profile charities with a broad public exposure. We review with our clients their charitable and personal goals and counsel them on the legal and practical consequences of alternative approaches to achieving their objectives. Among the topics to be considered are organizational design and implantation, tax issues (including tax planning and tax compliance), and alternatives for governance and operation. In addition, we work with clients in obtaining the appropriate tax letters from the federal Internal Revenue Service regarding the entity’s charitable status and securing state tax determination letters. Attorneys working with our nonprofit clients include Kenneth Crews, Reg Gipson, and Norman Oberstein.
The attorneys of GH&P offer many services for universities, schools, museums, libraries, research foundations, and related institutions. We have expertise in copyright and intellectual property issues of specialized and immediate importance to universities. We have worked with university presses on publication matters; advised institutions on the development of copyright ownership and fair use policy; and testified in court in university litigation. Our attorneys also provide labor & employment services for several universities. We have broad experience negotiating agreements in distinct service to the needs of nonprofits, including software development and licensing, technology transfer from academia, building MOOCs and online educational programs, and employment of faculty members, researchers, university presidents, and other key officials.