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John Sare

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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Tax-Exempt Organizations; Trusts and Estates


John Sare is a partner in the tax-exempt organizations practice and the trusts and estates group of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP. Mr. Sare has extensive experience in the representation of museums, colleges, private foundations and other types of exempt organizations. This work includes advising charities on the issues and options they face with respect to their endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts. Mr. Sare has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in connection with matters before the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Sare also advises individuals and fiduciaries on legal issues involving works of art, charitable giving, estate planning, and the administration of estates and trusts. He taught the Seminar in Law and the Visual Arts at the Columbia University School of Law from 2001 until 2011 and is a co-author of Estate Planning for Artists and Authors, published by Tax Management, Inc. (2004) and Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy (2002). He has also written and spoken about the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 and the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act and the New York version of it.


Admitted in New York


Trustee, Preservation League of New York State; Member, Nonprofit Coordinating Committee (Government Relations Committee); New York City Bar Association (past member, Art Law Committee; past member and secretary, Non-Profit Organizations Committee)


J.D., 1990, Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar); B.A., 1986, Southern Methodist University, (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)


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John Sare - Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Within: Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

β€˜Excellent’ firm Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP houses one of the largest nonprofit practices in the US from its office in New York. The group has the β€˜highest degrees of expertise and knowledge of the industry’. Chair of the TEOs practice Robin Krause has notable expertise in grant-related issues and program-related investment matters. The β€˜business-minded’ John Sare is able to β€˜break the most complex problems down and provide workable advice’, and he has considerable experience in matters involving charitable giving and endowments, particularly within the arts sector; his recent workload includes advising artist-endowed/focused private foundations on art loans and art sales, as well as compliance matters. Laura Butzel is β€˜excellent in the private foundation space’, advising entities on obtaining private foundation status and on program- and mission-related investments, alongside a range of other corporate and tax issues, and she continues to advise charities on internal, federal and state investigations. Butzel also has experience in the education sector, handling a workload involving advising university boards on tax-exemption, governance, data privacy and student conduct issues. The β€˜business-minded and eloquent’ Tomer Inbar continues to advise public charities and private foundations on environmental conservation projects in the US, Argentina and Chile, and has been handling joint ventures and mergers for nonprofit entities. Other names to note in the practice are Lisa Cleary, who handles litigation as well as providing β€˜pragmatic and credible employment law advice’, Megan Bell, who was made up to partner in December 2017, and counsel Janine Shissler.

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