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Laura Butzel

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

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Tax-Exempt Organizations

Position

Laura Butzel is a partner in the firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. She advises tax-exempt, not-for-profit organizations on a broad range of operating issues, including corporate governance and fiduciary duties, joint ventures, program-related investments, structuring subsidiaries, unrelated business income tax and other tax issues, executive compensation, intellectual property and other issues. Her clients include private foundations as well as cultural, human and civil liberties, environmental, publishing, educational, and religious organizations. She also advises charitable clients on endowment issues, publishing and licensing issues, international and domestic grantmaking, lobbying, political activities, and the rules particular to private foundations, among other issues. An active lecturer, Ms. Butzel has presented on a wide range of issues including governance and tax concerns, investment policies and procedures, intellectual property, web site development and internet issues of charitable organizations, joint ventures and political activities of charitable entities. She serves as an officer of a number of charitable organizations and is a director of The Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and a former trustee of The John B. Pierce Laboratory and The John B. Pierce Foundation, and of the Shelburne Museum.

Career

Admitted in New York

Member

Member, American Bar Association (Committee on Tax Exempt Organizations); National Association of College & University Attorneys; Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Former Secretary, 1998–2000); Trustee, Shelburne Museum; Board Member, Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Former Trustee, John B. Pierce Foundation and John B. Pierce Laboratory; Secretary, Greentree Foundation

Education

J.D., 1991, New York University School of Law (cum laude, American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence, Executive Editor, Review of Law & Social Change); B.A., 1985, Wesleyan University

Leisure

Contributor to http://exemptorgresource.com/


United States: Finance

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

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

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 ‘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 ‘business-mindedJohn Sare is able to ‘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 ‘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 ‘business-minded and eloquentTomer 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 ‘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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