Bruce R. Hopkins practiced in the field of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations law. His clients included or have included charitable and educational organizations, colleges, universities, hospitals, other health care providers, religious organizations, business and professional associations, social welfare organizations, social clubs, political organizations, and private foundations. Many nonprofit organizations retain Hopkins as general counsel; others use his services as special tax and/or fundraising counsel.

Nonprofit organizations worked with Mr. Hopkins to establish and qualify for tax exemption and to establish and operate charitable and fundraising programs. Mr. Hopkins advised on matters such as public charity or private foundation qualification, intermediate sanctions, governance, lobbying, political campaign activities, the unrelated business income rules, charitable giving, and nonprofit involvement in partnerships and other joint ventures. Collateral areas of law, such as postal laws and charitable fundraising regulation, are also part of his practice.


  • S.J.D., University of Kansas School of Law, 2016

  • LL.M., Taxation, George Washington University National Law Center, 1971

  • J.D., George Washington University National Law Center, 1967

  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1964


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1969

  • Missouri, 1999

Bruce Hopkins was an independent contractor
to Hamilton Vopelak P.C. and is not licensed in Texas.

Career Highlights
  • Principal, Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, LLC, Kansas City, MO
    (Closed in 2021 following Mr. Hopkins' death)

  • Practicing nonprofit law for more than 50 years

  • Published books and newsletters on nonprofit and tax law

  • Newsletter is in its 36th year

  • Professor from Practice, University of Kansas School of Law

  • Expert witness in over 30 cases

  • 2007 Recipient of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award (Vanguard Lifetime Achievement Award) American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Committee on Nonprofit Corporations

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Nonprofit Organizations, Charity Law, 2007-2020

  • Bruce R. Hopkins' Nonprofit Counsel (newsletter) won a 2009 award from The Newsletter on Newsletters for best technical article (published in the September 2008 issue)

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell


  • American Bar Association, Past Chair, Committee on Exempt Organizations, Section on Taxation

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys, Past Chair, Section of Taxation


Related Experience

  • Presenter at many annual conferences and seminars, including -- Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Private Foundations Tax Seminar, El Pomar Foundation, Colorado Springs, CO

  • Past Chair (for 12 years), Georgetown University Law Center annual conference on Representing and Managing Tax-   Exempt Organizations

  • Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington University National Law Center, 1972-1991


Books and Publications

Mr. Hopkins authored more than 40 books focused on nonprofit law topics and the monthly subscription newsletter, Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Counsel. All publications are available from Wiley.  
A list and descptions of of Hopkins' most popular books can be found on the Bruce R. Hopkins Books website.