Combination Adds Depth and Experience

December 8, 2011

Authored by: Keith Kehrer

Yesterday we briefly posted the news about the combination of Holme Roberts & Owen (HRO) into Bryan Cave.  The Tax-Exempt and Charitable Planning Team is particularly excited about this combination, which will add substantial depth and experience to our Team.  The following is a brief introduction to HRO’s Nonprofit Organizations and Religious Organizations Practice Teams, which will be combining with our Team effective January 1, 2012:

HRO’s longstanding Nonprofit Organizations Practice Team is organized to provide nonprofit clients with the full range of legal experience needed to use their limited resources effectively to address virtually unlimited community needs. The Practice Team is composed of lawyers who specialize in the tax and corporate laws distinct to this important sector of the community, and lawyers who practice in a wide variety of other legal areas, but who have specific knowledge of the unique nonprofit issues in their areas of expertise.

HRO represents a diverse nonprofit client base that includes major foundations, educational and cultural institutions, health care providers, and sports organizations. In addition, HRO brings a distinct expertise and substantial client base in the religious sector. HRO’s religious organization clients include:

  • Compassion International
  • The Navigators 
  • Young Life 
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes 
  • The Salvation Army – Western Territory 
  • Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado 

Both Stuart Lark and John Wylie devote significant time to the religious organization client base, and they have developed substantial expertise on religious accommodations in various laws.  John has recently guided a major religious organization in a restructure of its international operations, including the formation of two offshore trusts.  And Stuart is currently representing in the Colorado Court of Appeals two large religious organizations which are challenging the position of government agencies that their activities are not sufficiently religious to merit sales and property tax exemptions.