Legal & Tax Issues
Judy’s practice focuses on nonprofit corporation law, tax-exempt organizations and public finance. For more than 20 years, she has represented many nonprofit organizations on corporate and tax exemption issues including determination of tax-exempt status, legal obligations of directors, organizational structure and roles of board and staff, conversion, merger and affiliation issues, and federal tax-exemption issues. In addition, she has worked as bond counsel and underwriter’s counsel on many special fund revenue bond and nonrecourse revenue bond financings. Many of these bond issues have involved nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations.
In 1992, she chaired the Community Involvement Committee of the King County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division, where she spearheaded the writing, editing and publishing of the handbook “How to Form a Non-Profit Corporation in Washington State,” as well as the second edition of the handbook published in 2001. She is currently on the editorial committee for the third edition to be published in 2009. Before becoming a lawyer, Judy worked in nonprofit organizations, most recently as Executive Director of the Northwest Women’s Law Center in Seattle, Washington.
She is a frequent speaker on nonprofit corporate, federal tax and municipal finance topics at both local and national seminars. She is an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law and in the Master of Public Administration program. She also gives workshops on the formation and maintenance of 501(c)(3) organizations, including regular training programs with the Nonprofit Assistance Center in Seattle. She was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve on the Secretary of State’s Charities Advisory Council.
She has been listed as a Super Lawyer in Washington State from 2003 to 2009 and was selected for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the specialty of Non-Profit/Charities Law. Judy received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School.