Professional, Trade and Other Non-Profit Organizations

Powers representation of tax-exempt entities including public charities, private foundations, trade and professional associations, lobbying organizations, and political action committees involves a wide range of legal services.

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Powers provides a range of antitrust capabilities, from preventative counseling to nationwide litigation services.

Certification Law

Professional certification is a valued endorsement of an individual’s mastery of career requirements.  Powers works with clients on the development and implementation of certification programs.

Charitable Giving and Fundraising Programs

Powers advises in the development, maintenance, and expansion of charitable giving programs and other fund-raising activities. We also advise clients with respect to federal and state fund-raising regulation requirements and assist clients in registering and reporting under these laws.




Powers works with professional, trade and other non-profit organizations to create opportunities for clients seeking to impact federal policy and decision-making or engage in business with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government.

New Developments

The firm's exempt organizations team continually monitors new developments in the laws pertaining to tax-exempt organizations. As a service to our clients, we also offer free nonprofit training seminars and informational memoranda to keep clients abreast of changes in the law.

Tax Exemption and Counseling

Powers attorneys incorporate nonprofit organizations throughout the country and help them obtain tax exemption under both federal and state law. Thereafter, we provide ongoing counseling on tax, governance, corporate and contract law matters. We also assist our clients in forming or consolidating with nonprofit and for-profit affiliates.

Additionally, Powers provides advice concerning many collateral areas of the law as they relate to tax-exempt organizations, including advice on intellectual property matters, antitrust issues, labor law questions, lobbying and election law matters, nonprofit postal rate issues, and matters pertaining to employment, employee benefits, and executive compensation planning.

The firm is also experienced in preparing and monitoring private letter ruling requests to the IRS to ensure that desired transactions do not produce any adverse tax consequences.

Tax Controversy and Audits

Powers represents clients in controversy matters at all levels within the IRS in an effort to help them obtain the best result possible at a reasonable cost. We have had considerable success over the years in helping our nonprofit clients resolve their tax problems administratively at an early stage and avoid costly litigation with the IRS.


Powers offers clients support to ensure that their valuable intellectual property assets are protected and advice to ensure appropriate intellectual property management throughout the life of the brand.


Powers handles a range of transactional and contract matters including performing due diligence, consulting and advising on divestitures, acquisitions of stock, assets and equipment, establishment of partnerships, joint ventures, alliances and affiliations, and drafting and reviewing the full range of contracts encountered by professional, trade and other non-profit organizations.

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