Trade Association Formation, Governance, and Operation

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Initial formation and governance of trade associations present a combination of traditional corporate law and regulatory issues under federal and state law that is applicable to industry-level organizations. Our team advises on:

  • Structure, formation, and tax-exemption issues
  • Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and other corporate documents
  • Operation of boards of directors/trustees
  • Dues structure and membership criteria
  • Creation and operation of affiliates and subsidiary organizations, such as foundations and for-profit subsidiaries
  • Form 990 and related compliance issues
  • Conflicts of interest and ethics policies
  • Document-retention policies
  • Member programs and related agreements
  • Affinity and other marketing programs
  • Product endorsements
  • Hotel, convention, and other event contracts and agreements
  • Vendor agreements