Fraternities and Sororities

Barnes & Thornburg serves as legal and business counsel for national fraternities and sororities. Our team consists of lawyers who not only provide counsel on areas most critical to fraternal organizations – nonprofit governance, real estate, labor and employment, nonprofit tax law, business contracts, and intellectual property – but also understand in depth the unique environment in which fraternity and sorority clients operate.

We assist fraternities and sororities with issues such as:

  • Local and national housing corporation issues 
  • Governance documents such as constitutions, bylaws, and policy manuals 
  • Member discipline and other membership issues at all levels 
  • Obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, and responding to related government inquiries 
  • Drafting, review and administration of contracts with vendors and other business associates 
  • Host college and university relations and contracts 
  • Various issues related to the single sex nature of many of our clients in a rapidly changing legal environment related to such issues 
  • Fundraising including charitable solicitation standards, planned giving and charitable gaming compliance 
  • Intellectual property issues such as license agreements for the distribution of products 
  • Web development, licensing and other technology-related agreements

The firm’s national footprint, breadth of resources, and focus on value provides a platform that is ideally suited to cost-effectively address the wide range of issues fraternities and sororities face.

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