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Laura Butzel

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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Work Department

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)

New York-based Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP has one of the largest nonprofit practices in the US, with the ‘breadth and depth of experience to be advisers and not just technical lawyers’. Robin Krause is chair of the TEOs practice and is recommended for her expertise in grant-related issues; John Sare is ‘an expert in donor-related matters’ and is particularly active in the arts sector; his highlights included assisting a major institution with a $100m naming gift and advising museums with art collection gifts. Laura Butzel continues to advise charities on their internal investigations as well as at the federal and state level, and in the education sector has been advising university boards on governance, tax-exemption, student conduct and data issues. Butzel and Tomer Inbar continue to advise private foundations on program- and mission-related investments as well as a range of other corporate and tax issues. The ‘unfailingly responsive and creative’ Inbar has also recently assisted public charities and private foundations with environmental conservation projects in the US, Argentina and Chile, and advised on compliance with the New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act. Other names worthy of note are Lisa Cleary, who focuses on litigation, and counsels Janine Shissler and Megan Bell.

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