The Bryan Cave Religious Organizations Team provides legal counsel to a wide variety of churches, church denominations, religious educational institutions and other religious organizations. Our interdisciplinary team of attorneys provides responsive and cost-effective assistance tailored to the unique needs and objectives of our religious organization clients.

Our Experience

We can provide assistance on a wide range of issues, including:

  • Corporate formation, governance and reorganizations
  • Tax exempt status issues and planning
  • Employment law issues and volunteer liability
  • Employee benefits
  • Child protection policies and controversies
  • First Amendment and religious accommodations
  • Trademarks, copyrights, patents and other intellectual property matters, including licensing
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Reorganizations and dissolutions; restructuring and bankruptcy
  • Regulatory and reporting issues
  • Partnerships, joint ventures, cooperatives, commercial co-ventures and other strategic alliances
  • International operations, transactions and registrations
  • Debt issues, tax-exempt bond financing and other loan transactions
  • Government funding
  • Fundraising matters
  • Publishing and media activities
  • Litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings
  • Real estate acquisitions, mortgages, leases and environmental compliance
  • Data protection, transfer and privacy strategies

Our Clients

A partial list of our faith-based clients includes:

  • ABWE Ministries
  • Awana Clubs International
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
  • Catholic Health Initiatives Colorado
  • Christian Leadership Alliance
  • Church of the Nazarene
  • Compassion International
  • Denver Seminary
  • ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Operation Mobilization
  • Reach Beyond
  • Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Inc.
  • The Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • The Navigators
  • Upward Unlimited
  • Westmont College
  • Wheaton College
  • World Vision
  • YMCA of the Rockies
  • Young Life
  • Youth for Christ

Our Involvement

Attorneys who work on our Religious Organizations Team are also active as board members, speakers, writers, members and advisory board members of organizations that serve religious organizations. These include:

  • Association of Christian Schools International
  • Christian Camp and Conference Association
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Christian Leadership Alliance
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Christianity Today Church Management Editorial Advisory Board
  • Exempt Organizations Committee and Religious Organizations Subcommittee, Taxation Section of the American Bar Association
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
  • Missio Nexus