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Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
NEW YORK, NY 10036
United States
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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, and in the representation of philanthropists. This work includes advising charities on the issues and options they face with respect to their endowment funds and other types of restricted gifts, including cy pres and deviation proceedings. Mr. Sare has significant experience representing tax-exempt organizations in connection with matters before the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Mr. Sare has advised multiple clients about the establishment of institutes, centers and prize programs within universities and museums.  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); Splendid Legacy: The Guide to Creating Your Family Foundation, published by the National Center for Family Philanthropy (2002); and Splendid Legacy 2:  Creating and Re-Creating Your Family Foundation (2017). He has also written and spoken about the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013, the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act and the New York version of it, and many other exempt organization and charitable giving topics, such as gifts of art to museums and the implications of the COVID pandemic and other crises for  nonprofit governance.


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Trustees Council, Preservation League of New York State;  Nonprofit Coordinating Committee (Government Relations Committee); New York City Bar Association (past member, Art Law Committee; past member and secretary, Non-Profit Organizations Committee); American Law Institute; and Nonprofit Forum, National Center on Philanthropy and the Law.


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

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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.