trade associationS & Nonprofits


Trade Association Services


  • Advertising Agreements
  • Antitrust
  • Certifications
  • Chapter Relations
  • Employment
  • Conference Contracts
  • License Agreements
  • Magazine Publication
  • Membership
  • Tax-Exempt Status
  • Trade Association Law




Pamela J. Mazza  
Kimi N. Murakami    


Trade and professional associations face many of the same governance, transactional and operational legal questions as any business or corporation that are an outgrowth of their unique status as membership organizations.  Our lawyers draft organizational documents for trade associations, foundations, and other charitable organizations, provide counsel on governance matters, and assist with filing for tax-exempt status.

PilieroMazza is experienced with the distinct legal challenges encountered by trade associations, ranging from privacy issues involving membership rolls to intellectual property and other issues surrounding professional development courses and the conferring of professional designations, to ethical and fiduciary issues concerning board governance.


We are knowledgeable about structuring internal and business transactions that not only address relevant legal issues, but also advance an association’s interests in maintaining harmonious relationships with its membership and (when relevant) local chapters. We also help our clients with antitrust concerns and exempt organization status, and with general legal services regarding membership arrangements and both organizational and operational issues.  And our Government Relations Services Group helps us monitor and seek changes to laws, regulations, and policies that may impact our trade association and nonprofit clients.