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Our Non-Profits and Tax-Exempt Entities practice group is comprised of attorneys who work with organizations that make a difference in the lives of those in our community, and includes understanding the increasingly complex and ever-changing laws affecting non-profit organizations, foundations and tax-exempt entities in the Middle Tennessee area. Lawyers in this group successfully assist non-profits in all phases of their operations, from formation and applying for tax-exempt status to mergers and dissolution. Our non-profit organization lawyers advise on key issues and guides in establishing a structure that meets operational and organizational needs.

We have represented hundreds of organizations, including schools, arts organizations, children’s programs, churches and rotaries.

We have experience in the following areas:

  • Obtaining tax exempt status (501(c)3)
  • Contracts and lease agreements
  • Employment issues and labor relations
  • Trademark
  • Copyright protection
  • Board governance
  • Mergers and liquidations


Our attorneys understand that fundraising is vital to any non-profit organization, so our attorneys are ready to serve as guides ensuring all fundraising activities happen legally and efficiently. This means we are ready to work with executive directors, board chairs, boards of directors and executive committees with fundraising. We also make certain fundraising activities are in compliance with state and federal charitable solicitation laws and that donors understand the tax rules for deductions. Finally, we are prepared to advise our clients on restrictions of lobbying and political activities.

Our Non-Profit and Tax-Exempt Entities practice group has the resource of other Bone McAllester Norton attorneys who can assist our clients with other needs they may have, such as intellectual property, employment law and real estate contracts.


  • Trace Blankenship

  • Stacey Garrett Koju

  • Jonathan R. Burns

  • Andrea P. Perry

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