Religious Institutions

Overview

Our attorneys understand the issues that uniquely affect members of the faith community and their religious institutions.  For over two decades, we have assisted a diverse array of religious organizations, including: churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, and other houses of worship, religious schools, religious healthcare institutions and religiously-affiliated philanthropic and community organizations.  

We advise religious institutions on a broad range of issues, including:

  • Entity Formation, Governance Evaluation and Structure
  • Real Property Tax and Federal Income Tax Exemptions
  • Corporate Finance and Fundraising
  • Real Estate Transactions and Borrower’s Representation
  • Internal Investigations and Crisis Management
  • Litigation
  • Leadership Matters
  • Zoning and Land Use Issues
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Endowments and Gift Planning
  • Lobbying and Education of Policy Makers
  • Volunteer Liability

We represent members of the faith community and religious entities in state and federal trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies.  We often serve as outside general counsel helping to guide them through legal matters arising out of their daily operations.  We recognize that religious institutions face legal challenges arising from their reliance on volunteers and their interaction with paid employees, as well as those related to the buying, selling, and rental of their real property as well as the unfortunate situation of debt and/or financial restructuring.