Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP - Associations | What We Do
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What We Do

  • A Full-Service
    Law Firm

    With more than 200 attorneys, Whiteford offers a complete range of business law and litigation services.

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  • Outside General Counsel

    As outside general counsel, we work with all points of contact in an association, including boards, board committees, volunteer officers, executive staff, and program and operations staff.

  • Board Governance

    We advise on the powers and responsibilities outlined in governance documents, help clients develop strong committees and effective governing bodies, and conduct governance audits and training on governance matters.

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  • Employment

    We advise on all aspects of employment law, including discipline and terminations, severance and settlement agreements, and claims of harassment. We provide training on employment law issues and have handled all types of employment litigation.

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  • Contracts

    We are experienced with a vast array of contracts for associations, including employment agreements, hotel and convention contracts, technology agreements, publishing contracts, IP agreements, and many more.

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  • Political Law Compliance

    Advising on, among other things, federal and state laws and regulations, 501(h) elections, registration and reporting obligations, representation before federal and state regulators, and allocation of lobbying expenses between related organizations.

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  • Taxation

    We advise on all aspects of federal and state tax law applicable to tax-exempt associations, including exemption from income tax, unrelated income business tax, Form 990 issues, corporate sponsorships, and international taxation.

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  • Charitable/Fundraising

    Including all aspects of raising revenues – e.g., planned giving, corporate and institutional giving, donor clubs, special events, licensing, paid advertising, direct mail, on-line giving and workplace giving programs – as well as meeting state and local charitable solicitation registration and reporting requirements.

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  • Intellectual Property

    We manage thousands of U.S. and non-U.S. trademark applications, registrations and renewals for associations. We have a global network of trademark attorneys and agents with whom we work on international trademark matters.

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  • Cyber/Data Security

    We advise on all U.S. and state laws in this critical area, as well as the laws of foreign jurisdictions. In the event of a breach, we assist with forensic investigations, work with law enforcement, and help ensure compliance with applicable laws.

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  • Antitrust

    We advise associations on issues where antitrust boycotts, price fixing or other anticompetitive conduct are alleged or implicated. We review proposals and initiatives to guard against antitrust issues and provide training on antitrust issues.

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  • International

    We regularly advise associations on establishing offices outside the U.S., contracts with international parties, export control and trade sanctions, and dispute resolution involving foreign parties and international arbitration.

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