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

  • We started using Birken Law after getting the Mission Guardian subscription service for our small nonprofit. It’s been invaluable. We have worked with Jess on many issues, large and small. She has helped with board governance, conflict of interest, contracts, hiring, and most recently she helped our board draft a resolution. I can’t imagine working in a nonprofit without such a service. It’s invaluable to have readily accessible legal advice. Mostly we use the mini-consult sessions, but we’ve also used the flat fee service. Both types are easy to schedule online. We like that you can opt to submit a written mini-consult question and get a written response, but we’ve also arranged telephone mini-consults. Mini-consult sessions are great for clarifying and/or resolving small issues before they become complicated. We’ve also used their online resources; you can read or download articles on a variety of useful nonprofit topics. Birken Law is outstanding. Jess understand nonprofits and the legal issues they face—she’s thoughtful, wise, and fun to work with too!

    thumb Lynn Von Korff
  • Efficiency partnered with a passion for helping people that help people. I am grateful I found Birken Law. You will be too.

    thumb John Robertson
  • 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
  • I was referred to Birken Law Office through another attorney (ZaviehLaw). Ms. Birken assisted me with best formation of entity that would serve my purpose. I know I came into the meeting with what I thought were sound thought process as to the type of entity that would best serve me, however I found out quickly how little did I know after Ms. Birken walked me through a series of very pointed questions, matters that I had not even thought about and guided me in the right direction. You can't ask for anything better than an attorney that is inquisitive, takes interest in your needs and provides you with sound advice. to boot, Ms. Birken took more time than our allotted consultation as more time was needed - now that's service. We had a phone conversation and that suited my needs well. Ms. Birken had flexible calendar that I was able to pick a date and time that was convenient for me. I loved the fact that I could pick a date and time for our call! If you are looking for an attorney who as deep expertise, then I would strongly recommend you call Ms. Birken. I am an extremely happy and satisfied customer! Tommy Z.

    thumb Thomas Zavieh
  • Jess helped us create our non-profit 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

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.

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