For more than 15 years, Stuart Lark has helped nonprofit clients navigate complex matters related to their distinct operational and legal challenges. Mr. Lark advises clients on legal structure, governance and personnel policies, joint ventures and affiliations, commercial activities, unrelated trade or business income tax, intellectual property, international structure, tax-exempt financing, private foundation rules, planned giving, and mergers and acquisitions. He has obtained many favorable IRS rulings and property and sales tax exemption determinations.
In addition, Mr. Lark counsels many clients with respect to religious accommodations in the law. He has helped clients secure religious tax exemptions, faith-based employment rights, government benefits, and religious worker visas. He also regularly advises on church property disputes and other religious liberty matters. Mr. Lark previously served as legal counsel for the Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. He has written many papers and amicus briefs on critical religious liberty issues, including two briefs recently filed on behalf of more than 30 national religious organizations in U.S. Supreme Court cases impacting religious hiring rights.
Mr. Lark co-leads the firm’s nonprofits team, religious organizations team, and religious liberty team. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2014).