Press Kit


Practice Area:
Nonprofit Organizations

Concentrating in the areas of corporate law and taxation, Bruce R. Hopkins’ emphasis is on nonprofit organizations.

Hopkins' clients include charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, other health care providers, religious organizations, business and professional associations, and private foundations.
Many nonprofit organizations retain Mr. Hopkins as general counsel; others use his services as special tax and/or fundraising counsel.

Nonprofit organizations work with Mr. Hopkins to establish and qualify for tax exemption and to establish and operate charitable and fundraising programs. Mr. Hopkins advises on matters such as public charity/private foundation qualification, intermediate sanctions, lobbying, political activities, the unrelated business income rules, and nonprofit involvement in partnerships and other joint ventures. Collateral areas of law, such as postal laws and charitable fundraising regulation, come under Mr. Hopkins’ watchful eye.



  • LL.M., Taxation, George Washington University, 1971

  • J.D., George Washington University, 1967

  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1964

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1969

  • Missouri, 1999

Career Highlights

  • Published extensive volumes on nonprofit and tax issues and is recognized as a national expert on the subject

  • 2007 Recipient of the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer – Vanguard/Lifetime Achievement Award, American Bar Association, Nonprofit Corporations Committee

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America , 2007

  • AV Rated Martindale Hubbell

  • Expert Witness in more than 30 cases 



  • 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

  • Past Chair (for 12 years), Georgetown University Law Center annual conference on the law of tax-exempt organizations

  • Professional Lecturer in Law, George Washington National Law Center, 1972-91

  • Founder of one-day seminars on tax-exempt organization law, Professional Education Systems Institute, LLC


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Publications and Presentations

Author of more than 40 books, including:

Co-author of four books, including:

 Author of the monthly newsletter, Bruce R. Hopkins’ Nonprofit Counsel (now in its 36th year of publication).