Representative Experience

Developed ethics code and procedures for national medical specialty society and then obtained FTC advisory opinion approval; the code and process are now the standard for other nonprofits.


Assisted international trade association that operates a “top ten” exposition in the United States in acquiring a major industry exposition in Europe and starting up another in Asia.


Advised a statewide veterans’ organization in aiding formerly homeless veterans who qualified for subsidized housing by providing free furniture and housewares, benefitting thousands of recipients.

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  • Advised an association in the financial institutions field on creating and managing a professional certification and licensing program mandated by the U.S. Congress with enrollment now over half a million.
  • Assisted a prominent national professional society in reorganizing to accommodate the management and governance of a $300 million museum project and provided construction law services for the project.
  • Helped an industry-wide trade association in the automotive field update its statistical data gathering and promulgation programs for increased relevance and antitrust protection.
  • Advised the EU and the PRC on their regulation of nongovernmental organizations—on competition matters for the EU and on governance matters for China.
  • Defended nonprofits in dozens of federal antitrust agency and private civil antitrust inquiries, challenges and litigation, and represented nonprofit plaintiffs in other antitrust matters to achieve fairness for members.

Practice Area Highlights

Our core group focused exclusively or extensively on nonprofit clients, supported by more than 50 specialty-area lawyers, has advised on nearly 70 separate mergers, consolidations or other combinations of national nonprofit organizations.


For more than 10 years, a Pillsbury partner has keynoted the nation’s premier nonprofit law event, ASAE’s Legal Symposium; others speak regularly at ABA and ACC events.


A Pillsbury partner literally “wrote the book” on nonprofit organization law: The Association Law Handbook: A Practical Guide for Associations, Societies, and Charities, published by ASAE, the 24,000-member “association of associations.”