Since our founding over a century ago, leading nonprofit organizations throughout the nation have sought our counsel. As is often the case at Hemenway & Barnes, many of our relationships begin by helping with an initial issue and evolve into close, trusted, long-term relationships. Our clients vary widely in size and complexity, including:

  • Colleges and universities
  • Cultural and performing arts centers
  • Hospitals and healthcare plans
  • Private foundations and grant-making organizations
  • Publicly supported entities with a broad range of purposes and operations
  • Religious organizations
  • Trustees of charitable trusts

In addition, many of Hemenway & Barnes' professionals serve as directors and trustees of a large number of charitable organizations. This gives us valuable insight and deep understanding of the issues faced by our nonprofit clients. We often stand shoulder to shoulder with our clients in the understanding of the nonprofit world.

How can we help you?

Nonprofit Representation
From corporate governance to tax planning, we provide a full range of services to private foundations and public charities.
Philanthropic Advisory
We offer a full range of philanthropic advisory and grant-making services to private foundations, trusts, individuals, families, and other entities.
Government & Election Law
From government entities and candidates to businesses and nonprofits, we help clients navigate the intersection of law, public policy and government action.
Real Estate Law
We partner with our clients to meet the varied real estate needs of start-up developers and large corporations, lenders, nonprofits, and families.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
From high-stakes business litigation to probate and land use and real estate litigation, we help clients resolve difficult disputes.
Wealth Management
We help individuals and families enhance and protect their wealth by building enduring relationships rooted in high-quality, practical, and distinctly personal service.

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Attorney General Issues Guidance on Access to Endowment Funds

The Charities Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office issued new guidance regarding nonprofit endowments and options for struggling organizations to access their endowment funds.

News & Resources

Firm News
Rob Leahy Joins Hemenway & Barnes Nonprofit Group
Hemenway & Barnes is pleased to announce that Robert T. Leahy has joined the firm as an associate in the Nonprofit Group.
August 10, 2022
Hemenway & Barnes Recognized as a Leading Firm for Private Wealth Law
Hemenway & Barnes has been recognized by Chambers and Partners, as a leading law firm in Chamber’s 2022 High Net Worth Guide and Brad Bedingfield and Joseph Bierwirth were featured as Notable Practitioners.
July 28, 2022
Meaghan Borys to Speak at "Title IX: How to Prepare for the New Rules on Handling Sexual Misconduct" Webinar
Join Hemenway & Barnes attorney Meaghan B. Borys at this Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly webinar, "Title IX: How to Prepare for the New Rules on Handling Sexual Misconduct."
July 13, 2022
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