With more than 700 nonprofit clients nationwide, Venable has the country's largest concentration of attorneys providing counsel and advocacy for charities, foundations, membership associations, think tanks, arts and cultural institutions, schools, advocacy groups, and other nonprofit organizations. Our clients – ranging from some of the nation's largest charities to a who's who of trade and professional associations – call on us for assistance in matters of general nonprofit law, and in matters unique to their industries, professions, causes or issues. We provide extensive and wide-ranging legal services to nonprofit organizations, giving us the experience needed to understand – and manage, effectively – the issues facing nonprofit organizations. Venable's Nonprofit Organization Practice is consistently ranked in the top tier of the prestigious Legal 500 law firm rankings.
Our experience in representing nonprofit organizations, with the most common and most unusual issues, ensures that virtually no legal challenge is new to us. Thus, we can provide precise answers and workable solutions for our clients on a responsive and cost-efficient basis, all with a legal style marked by ingenuity and pragmatic judgment. In addition, our understanding of the nature and business of nonprofit organizations – derived not only from our legal practice but from our deeply rooted participation in the nonprofit community we represent – enables us to offer broader and more useful counsel that recognizes practical management as well as political and business considerations.
Our greatest strength is our ability to assist all types of nonprofit organizations across the broad spectrum of legal issues that affect nonprofits, and to do so with the benchmarking and contextual experience that comes from representing so many other similarly situated nonprofit clients. There is virtually never a legal issue that we have not seen and dealt with many times before; this is an enormous benefit to our clients.
Our depth in almost every legal area and issue affecting nonprofit organizations enables us to tap into the experience and knowledge required to deal with the most complex and nuanced legal challenges, and to serve as a single legal services provider for nonprofit organizations – a one-stop shop.
Venable maintains a core team of more than 25 attorneys who concentrate exclusively on the legal services needs of nonprofit organizations, as well as a carefully selected network of approximately 75 other attorneys who work frequently with our nonprofit clients. Our attorneys are leaders at what they do, with impressive résumés of credentials and achievements in their respective areas of concentration.
Several of our attorneys previously worked in-house at nonprofit organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), Volunteers of America, the National Wildlife Federation, and AARP. This wide-ranging in-house experience has proved invaluable in understanding and relating to the specific needs of nonprofit organizations.
WE UNDERSTAND WHAT MAKES NONPROFITS DIFFERENT
Our nonprofit practice is fully integrated with the rest of our firm, enabling us to draw on the knowledge and experience of dozens of Venable attorneys in every office and most practice groups of the firm. This network of attorneys brings not only an unmatched wealth, depth and breadth of experience, but brings a deep understanding of how other areas of law apply to the unique characteristics of nonprofits, due to the frequency with which these attorneys work with our nonprofit clients. These attorneys throughout the firm – coupled with our full-time nonprofit practitioners – form a powerful team that works seamlessly to provide our nonprofit clients with everything they could want or need from a law firm, in a manner that is both cost-efficient and effective.
Our attorneys contribute to the nonprofit community in many ways, including giving speeches, writing articles, serving on boards and committees, and offering their time and resources to numerous nonprofit events and initiatives. For example, we give dozens of presentations a year to nonprofit executives and regularly publish articles on nonprofit legal issues (see Venable.com/Nonprofits/Publications, Venable.com/Nonprofits/Events, and Venable.com/Nonprofits/Recordings). Also see twitter.com/nonprofitlaw to view Venable's nonprofit law Twitter account and follow the top legal issues and news for nonprofits.
Instead of simply saying, "No, you can't do that," we pride ourselves on our ability to find innovative solutions to the seemingly most intractable problems and challenges facing our clients. We also pride ourselves in doing so in an incredibly responsive, practical, thoughtful, contextual and cost-efficient manner. Finally, we believe strongly in up-front communication with our clients with regard to their goals, concerns and expectations for each project, and then work hard to ensure that those expectations are met and that there are no surprises – from a billing, timing, and substantive perspective.
In short, Venable not only has the largest nonprofit law practice in the country, but – in the opinion of hundreds of our clients and many others who know and work with us in the nonprofit community – an incredibly effective practice at the top of its game that is a trusted partner by its clients in the carrying out of their nonprofit missions.
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