Representation that Extends Beyond Marketing to Your Membership

Far too many law firms treat an engagement by a professional association as nothing more than a business development play—hoping to be engaged by that group solely to secure an endorsement or other marketing opportunities directed at the group’s membership.

We view representing associations far differently. To us, this is the primary vehicle through which we work to facilitate access to care. And the associations we have chosen to represent in the past or continue to represent today—chiropractors, physical therapists, podiatrists, and independent pharmacies—are professions we believe are the most deserving of our advocacy.

We treat our professional association clients as a unique client—separate from their membership, notwithstanding their responsibility to advocate on behalf of those members. We take the time to learn everything we can about that organization, it members, and the challenges they face. And we work tirelessly to craft comprehensive and flexible strategies to move these groups—and the professionals they champion—forward, often working in tandem with not only association leaders, but lobbyists, consultants, and, often, other attorneys.

Keeping the Association’s Mission and Purpose in Mind Always

We understand the unique organizational, political, and public policy needs of Professional Associations. And we have extensive experience providing advice and counsel to assist Professional Associations in fulfilling their missions. To that end, we:

  • Serve as outside General Counsel, serving as a de facto quarterback in working towards legislative, regulatory, and other policy-driven goals;
  • Focus on discrete issues, such as third-party reimbursement, when serving an Special Counsel or some other more complimentary role to an organization’s lead counsel, be it in-house or another lawyer or law firm;
  • Provide advice on tax and compliance issues, including the tax consequences of generating non-dues related income by 501(c)(6) entities;
  • Counsel on corporate governance and membership issues, such as reviewing bylaws and membership voting policies;
  • Provide legal and negotiating support to an Association’s lobbyist or lobbyists when dealing with the often-mind-numbing process of advancing legislative efforts; and
  • Representing Professional Associations in lawsuits, including class action litigation, seeking to effectuate institutional policy change on behalf of its membership.