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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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Tax-Exempt Organizations


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 trustee of Teachers College at Columbia University. She is also a former trustee of The John B. Pierce Laboratory and The John B. Pierce Foundation, and of the Shelburne Museum.


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Trustee, Teachers College at Columbia University; 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


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


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United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP’s tax-exempt practice has a proven track record acting for nationally leading non-profits and private foundations across the full-range of matters including regulatory compliance, transactional mandates and litigation. Led out of New York by practice head Laura Butzel ; the group advises on grant making, corporate governance issues, and asset transfers. Robin Krause advises on both domestic and international governance projects as well as succession planning for family foundations, whilst John Sare is the name for charitable giving. The group is also active in structuring program-related investments and multi-party financings. Counsels Lisa Wang and Justin Zaremby are also core members of the group. It faced several departures with former partners Megan Bell and Tomer Inbar leaving in March 2021. Counsel Janine Shissler left in June 2021.