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Nonprofit Organizations and Trade Associations

The U.S. government, through the Internal Revenue Code, recognizes that nonprofit organizations and trade associations confer many benefits on society and therefore offers significant tax benefits for organizations that qualify for tax-exempt status; however, in order to obtain and maintain that status, tax-exempt entities must comply with a complicated regulatory scheme.
We represent many Colorado nonprofit organizations and we have the experience necessary to properly advise and represent our firm’s tax-exempt clients. Mark Cohen served fourteen years as General Counsel for the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a trade association based in Boulder with more than 22,000 members and 30 employees. He aslo served as General Counsel of the Master Inspector Certification Board.  We have also represent a number of other tax-exempt organizations, including The Children’s Diabetes Foundation at Denver,  the Space Science Institute in Boulder, The Wild Foundation (also in Boulder), and Gilpin Ambulance, Inc.

Working with local counsel when necessary, our lawyers have represented nonprofit organizations well in litigation and arbitration actions across the United States. In addition, the firm counsels its tax-exempt clients on the many legal issues they may face. These include:
  • Antirust law
  • Charitable Solicitation Registration
  • Compensation Issues (private inurement / excess benefit / director compensation)
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Contracts
  • Duties of directors
  • Employment and labor law issues
  • Intellectual property issues
  • Real estate issues
  • Unfair competition
  • Internet law
  • Anti-spam laws such as the CAN SPAM Act
  • Telephone solicitation laws
  • “Junk fax” laws
  • Privacy issues
  • Federal Volunteer Protection Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act, and many other laws and regulations.

Mark Cohen prosecutes trademark and copyright applications for the firm’s tax-exempt clients when appropriate, and represents them before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has represented the firm’s tax-exempt clients in unfair competition litigation in several jurisdictions.

Without exception, the tax-exempt organizations that have entrusted their legal needs to us have been pleased with the quality of ourwork and the reasonableness of the our fees.

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