Nonprofit Law

A Nonprofit Law Attorney With An Insider’s Edge


Nonprofit organizations are often formed in response to specific challenges, which, if addressed, will leave the world in a better place than we found it. To accomplish that goal, we will help you build and maintain an organization to drive the mission forward while staying in compliance with tax and legal regulations at the state and federal levels.

At Hubay Dougherty, partner Trent Dougherty counsels Ohio nonprofits on how to build healthy, sustainable organizations. He draws from his 18-year tenure as in-house counsel at the Ohio Environmental Council (OEC) family of organizations to inform his work. He can provide strategic counsel to your nonprofit because he has walked through many of the same issues at the OEC. He provides solution-focused advice on a broad range of issues that can emerge at any point in your organization’s life cycle.

Trent and firm partner Scott Hubay understand the structural and political challenges to change-making because they’ve walked that path professionally. We offer free initial consultations in order to begin building our client partnerships in an environment of trust and cooperation.


Comprehensive Advice To Let You Move Forward With Confidence

Nonprofit organizers and leaders must stay in compliance with legal requirements from the moment their organization takes shape. We can help you successfully navigate nonprofit concerns that include:

  • Selecting a legal structure for your nonprofit
  • Securing tax-exempt status
  • Drawing up governance documents
  • Complying with human resources and labor law statutes
  • Adhering to laws governing nonprofits and affiliated lobbying organizations
  • Creating strong, legally viable contracts
  • Complying with nonprofit tax laws and public records laws

As your organization grows, you may find you need to create “sister” organizations to accomplish your stated aims. Trent can advise you on how to integrate political action committees and lobbying groups into your organizational network, again drawing on his own personal experience. In addition to his work on the nonprofit side of the OEC, he was general counsel and chief legal analyst/advocate for the Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund, the OEC Action Fund PAC, and Conservation Ohio, a Super PAC.


We Are Here To Help You Help Others

Hubay Dougherty is dedicated to being your reliable partner in organizational success by providing timely and strategic legal advice to nonprofits of all sizes. Call our office in Cleveland at 216-282-6732 to request a free initial consultation. You can also use our online contact form to send us a message.

Ohio nonprofit leaders and board members, are you confident that your organization is compliant with state and federal regulations? We have a tool that will help build your confidence and provide the insight your organization needs. Take the next step.

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