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Nonprofit organizations face increasingly complex federal and state regulations. These institutions must take steps to minimize the legal liability exposure of trustees, officers, and other personnel, comply with applicable state and local regulation of charitable solicitation, and handle the intricacies of forming joint ventures with commercial entities.

Nutter has a long and successful track record providing a range of services to nonprofit organizations and to the individuals who contribute to such organizations. Among the firm's clients are national and local public charities, hospitals and other health care organizations, educational institutions, private foundations, philanthropists, and trade associations. Our nonprofit clients look to us to provide legal advice, and offer investment advisory, trust accounting, and tax preparation services. Drawing upon the various areas of expertise of our multi-service practice, such as business, tax and employment law, we counsel and represent our nonprofit clients in organizational matters, fundraising and financing issues, revenue-generating and investment activities, and employment matters, including executive and deferred compensation plans.

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Academic institutions, whether a world-class medical school or local preparatory school, need legal advice in a range of areas – intellectual property, employment, antitrust counseling and compliance, and real estate, zoning, land use and environmental matters. Our educational clients include elite colleges and universities, local, public and independent secondary schools, teaching hospitals, educational television stations, and companies that manufacture or distribute educational products.

We have assisted our clients in education to prepare for capital campaigns, provide advice on the legal aspects of campus security and student discipline, handle employee, student and faculty relations matters, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, and obtain institutional financing.

Health Care

From public health care companies, physician organizations, and health care technology ventures to hospitals and developers of health care facilities, health care providers face a complex set of challenges, regulations, and needs. They need legal counsel with in-depth expertise to assist them in structuring complex transactions, including tax-exempt financings, and mergers and acquisitions. We help our health clients manage risk and meet their long-term goals.

Our attorneys handle issues in health care licensing and regulation, reimbursement, fraud and abuse compliance matters, and structuring joint ventures between taxable and tax-exempt entities - all of which are required to operate successfully in today’s dynamic health care industry. We also have a proven track record in niche areas such as government enforcement defense, privacy and information security law, clinical trial development, and pharmaceutical sales and marketing advice and training.

Foundations, Families and Individuals

From investment advice to trust accounting and tax preparation, foundations, families and individuals require legal services that are highly personalized. Our trusts and estates attorneys provide expert guidance in financial and tax planning, personal estate planning, trust and estate administration, and services for executives and owners of closely held businesses. Beyond the individuals and families we serve, we offer a range of services for public and private foundations, working closely with founders, boards of trustees and often the next generation to develop giving programs that are unique to the client. Our clients are national and local public charities, including several educational institutions within the Greater Boston area, private foundations and philanthropists.

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Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Nutter assists Congregation Mishkan Tefila in sale and relocation of campus

    Represented Congregation Mishkan Tefila (CMT) in two related 2016 transactions: (1) the sale of CMT’s land and buildings in Chestnut Hill to nearby Boston College, and (2) CMT’s relocation to the Brookline campus of Congregation Kehillath Israel (CKI), including the negotiation of a unique, complicated co-location agreement with CKI addressing multiple real estate, operational, and programmatic issues.

  • Disposition of real estate

    Representation of YMCA of Greater Boston, Inc. in connection with a complex, 3-party sale of a portion of 316-320 Huntington Avenue to PPC Land Ventures, Inc. and Northeastern University for a new dormitory, including complex easement agreements, conveyancing and land use permitting matters.

  • Not-for-profit merger

    Nutter represented a not-for-profit corporation in its consolidation with another not-for-profit corporation in a similar but complementary line of business. We provided advice on the structure of the transaction, both from the tax exempt, regulatory and corporate perspectives. We documented and negotiated the transaction, and provided advice to the Board of Directors on governance considerations.

  • Not-for-profit restructuring

    Nutter represented a not-for-profit corporation in a restructuring of its unusual and complicated corporate structure involving not-for-profit and for-profit corporations. We provided tax, corporate, regulatory and governance advice to our client to enable it successfully to complete the restructuring.

  • Successfully persuaded USAO not to bring action for alleged Stark and anti-kickback violations

    Represented hospital in responding to subpoena by OIG and USAO alleging Stark and anti-kickback violations.

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