Non-Profit Crisis Management Lawyer

Non-profits tend to cruise along OK…until you hit a speed bump. If you’re here, there’s something big that needs to be handled, RIGHT NOW. Don’t Panic. You’re in the right place.

Say you’re a new client and my team will get you on the phone with our new client specialist ASAP.

How we approach conflicts and crisis:

I spent several years in-house at a large nonprofit and I’m a trained mediator. When I work with my team on a client emergency, our goals are:

 Minimize your lost time and money
 Help clients make clear decisions
 Reduce harm to the nonprofit
 Preserve your working relationships

It’s a small world. The people in a conflict today may be potential funders or donors tomorrow. I can help you keep a clear head through difficult times, navigate situations with integrity and plan the way forward.

Crises we can help with:

● Board and staff conflicts or removal
● Voting member disputes
● Financial fraud or theft
● Disagreements with key partners or outside groups
● PR nightmares

What clients say about working with us?

“This is the most thorough, but easy to understand email I’ve EVER read from a lawyer. THANK YOU!!!” – Mandi, voting member at an educational organization

“They were able to expedite my meeting and even get some quick advice the same day! The attempt to accommodate was refreshing and her advice was very intuitive to the situation and helped immensely!” – Bruce, Board member facing a time sensitive issue at a small nonprofit

“Jess knows [our staff] aren’t administrators. She’s patient. She works with them and helps them understand. At the end of the day it’s not just about getting the job done, it’s about helping them understand why we need to be where we’re at.” – Ron, Public Finance Director at a national nonprofit

  • 5 star review  Jess is awesome to work with! Worth every penny and our organization is excited to work with her for the long haul!

    thumb Ryan Fox
  • 5 star review  Jess surprised us. We already knew she was approachable and pragmatic. We arrived seeking legal advice (our questions were answered!) and left with additional valuable considerations for our business. Her depth is impressive. The frank discussion was well-worth the time.

    thumb peter Hilgendorf
  • 5 star review  Jess is a stellar example of what a lawyer should be. Client-focused, solutions-driven, responsive, beyond competent, and dedicated to her practice. I have had the pleasure of presenting with Jess at major national conferences, which means relying upon her as a partner to prepare written and spoken materials, and to be reliable, knowledgeable, and collaborative. She is all of these things. I would never hesitate to team up with her where my reputation is on the line. I have also witnessed firsthand Jess's dedication to her clients. We have worked intensely on the business of our firms together, and her client focus has taught me many things. Nowhere else will you find a lawyer committed to solving her clients' problems (whether that means hiring her or not) and making their experience in working with her enjoyable and rewarding. In the course of working together on projects, Jess has demonstrated her depth of knowledge of nonprofit law, and I would not hesitate for a moment to hire her if the need arises. I simply cannot recommend her highly enough.

    thumb Megan Zavieh
  • 5 star review  Jess helped us create our nonprofit and guided us through all the formative stages. What I've most appreciated, besides her stellar legal acumen, is her enthusiasm for our project and her responsiveness to its shifting needs. When we hit a rough spot, she offered a solid legal opinion plus spot-on coaching beyond the nuts-and-bolts. Highly recommend.

    thumb Katharine Krueger
  • 5 star review  Jess is great to work with - knowledgeable, flexible, and personable. She was a key player in helping my org through a difficult transition

    thumb Samuel Estes

Workflow of a Nonprofit Emergency

1. Assessment & Diagnoses Phase. Book an ER Session. We’ll work with you to try to stabilize, create a plan of action or (if possible) resolve the situation in under 2 hours. Time is usually critical to the process.

2. Action Phase. We help you develop a plan in the ER Session. Often clients elect to have us help with the plan, helping you manage the situation and connect you with resources you need while things are still in “triage” mode. We strive to be highly responsive in this phase.

3. Retrospective Phase. After the smoke clears, things feel less urgent. Now let’s look at what we can do to protect you going forward. We typically work with clients to implement changes that will prevent future costly issues and keep mission delivery front and center.

Reach out today to learn more.

Birken Law Office – Law firm serving nonprofits organizations, and foundations – Birken Law

Birken Law Office – Law firm serving nonprofits organizations, and foundations – Birken Law
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