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Tonkon Torp Creates Practice Group for Nonprofit Entities

March 20, 2011
Tonkon Torp has formalized its longstanding work on behalf of nonprofit and charitable organizations by creating a Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Entities practice group. Attorneys in the multidisciplinary group serve the specific needs of all nonprofit entities, including educational, arts, religious, fraternal, social welfare and human services organizations.

The new practice group is chaired by Tonkon partner Shouka D. Rezvani, who counsels public charities as well as operating and non-operating private foundations on organizational and operational issues. She also is a member of the firm's Estate Planning practice group, which advises families and business owners about business and succession planning, estate administration and charitable giving. A graduate of Willamette University College of Law, Rezvani joined Tonkon Torp in 1994. She was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2011 for her work with nonprofits and charities.

Attorneys in the new practice group provide counsel on a range of issues affecting nonprofit organizations, including appropriate entity structure for recognition of tax exempt status, governance, risk management, compliance, joint ventures and mergers, grant making, endowment management policies, planned giving programs, employee benefits and executive compensation, and acquisition of real estate"Tonkon Torp has been providing nonprofit and charitable organizations in the region with strategic legal counsel for more than 30 years," said Michael Morgan, Tonkon Torp's managing partner. "Forming a practice group around this work is a reflection of the increasingly complex issues faced by nonprofits and our ability to offer them integrated advice from multiple disciplines."