Non-Profit Governance

Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P., is proud to give back to communities in which our attorneys and staff work and live. Beyond financial support, several partners and associates have provided many hours of volunteer time, including service on Boards of Directors. That service, of course, provides the rewards that accompany all acts of giving, but it has also resulted in meaningful experience that has led to increasing levels of involvement in leadership and governance in a wide variety of non-profit organizations. That work has, in turn, has strengthened legal skills that are applicable to all business organizations.

Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, L.L.P., attorneys have assisted numerous non-profit organizations including health care providers, professional associations, local and international chambers of commerce, educational foundations, property owner associations, and social service organizations.

In the non-profit governance arena, some of relevant experience has included the following:

  • Drafting and periodic review of organizational documents including bylaws
  • Drafting and periodic review of ethics, codes of conduct and similar policies
  • Anti-trust counsel and compliance
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act counsel and compliance
  • Evaluation, counsel and documentation for multiple entity agreements
  • Drafting and periodic review of personnel and administrative policies and procedures
  • Product, service, employment, contract drafting and review
  • Grant review and compliance
  • Negotiation, drafting and review of non-disclosure agreements
  • Board and committee meeting and management
  • Texas Workforce Commission claims and compliance
  • Preparation and implementation of employment policies, practices and handbooks
  • ADA & ADEA compliance
  • FMLA administration and compliance
  • Employment, severance and waiver agreements
  • Negotiation and preparation of management contracts and benefits packages
  • Investigation and defense of sexual harassment claims
  • Wage and hour administration and claims and Fair Labor Standards Act compliance

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