Berry Moorman



The members of Berry Moorman’s Nonprofit Group began and continue their association with nonprofit organizations by volunteering their time to the organizations of their choice. The practical experiences each gathered by volunteering and the recognition of the need for lawyers sensitive to the special needs of nonprofits lead to the formation of our nonprofit practice group. Related to this fact, several of our attorneys are contributing authors to the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, 5th Edition.

The purpose of our Nonprofit Group is to provide comprehensive, cost effective legal representation and counsel to our nonprofit organizations by partnering with management to meet the demands and ever increasing responsibilities that management encounters, using law as a positive tool.

The goal of our Ann Arbor, Birmingham and Detroit nonprofit lawyers is to help our clients focus on their missions by protecting them from legal complications, by helping them use the law effectively as they deliver their valuable services to their clients, and by helping them network with government, private funding sources, other nonprofit organizations, and the business community.

A Focused Approach to the Legal Needs of Nonprofit Organizations

Experienced–Our attorneys have many years of experience representing and serving as volunteers in nonprofit organizations:

  • Adult foster care
  • Advocacy and lobbying associations
  • Charitable trusts
  • Child day care
  • Child welfare
  • Condominium associations
  • Family services
  • Foundations
  • Government units
  • Lobbying associations
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Private clubs
  • Private schools
  • Residential care
  • Trade associations

Team Approach–Our legal team has the experience and strength to meet the diverse needs of nonprofit organizations:

  • Board duties and liability
  • Charitable solicitation
  • Creating subsidiaries
  • Education and lobbying
  • Employment and personnel issues
  • Fundraising
  • Government contracts
  • Grant proposal writing
  • Labor and union issues
  • Legislative issues
  • Licensing and Certification
  • Litigation
  • National accreditation
  • Planning giving alternatives
  • Real estate
  • Securities law
  • Selling products and services
  • Strategic planning
  • Tax exemption issues

Service Delivery–We are dedicated to professionalism and quality.

  • Accessible
  • Cost effective
  • Creative solutions
  • Efficient–no learning curve
  • Knowledgeable
  • Personalized service
  • Preventive approach
  • Responsive
  • Statewide representation

Representative Nonprofit Clients:

  • Boys Hope–Girls Hope Detroit
  • Calumet Center
  • Central Care Management Organization
  • Community Link Foundation
  • Detroit Athletic Club
  • Girlstown Foundation
  • HS-USA, Inc.
  • International Samaritan
  • Juvenile Assessment Center
  • Michigan Association for Telecommunications in Health Care
  • People’s Express
  • Pewabic Pottery
  • P.O.W.E.R., Inc.
  • Schwabischer Unterstuzungs Verien
  • Search for Common Ground
  • Spare Change Charities
  • Spectrum Community Services
  • Spectrum Human Services
  • StarrVista
  • Steppingstone School
  • Truth & Tidings Gospel Trust
  • University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy
  • Vista Maria
  • Wayne State Dugout Club
  • Wings of Mercy, Americas

Related Publications

Nonprofit Benefits-The Current IRS Target by Thomas M. Sullivan (May 2011)

Small Nonprofit Organizations May Lose Their Tax Exempt Status by Richard R. Zmijewski (April 2010)

What Can A Nonprofit Entity Do With Designated Charitable Donations? by Thomas M. Sullivan (July 2009)