Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop

Principal, Health and Nonprofit Chair
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Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop has worked exclusively with nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. Jennifer’s practice is focused on the health care sector and she regularly advises physicians, hospitals, clinics, and other health care entities on negotiating the complex health regulatory environment. She also provides advice on strategic partnerships including joint ventures, affiliations, medical staff matters, contracting, tax-exemption matters, and a variety of business planning topics. Jennifer has a particular interest and expertise in working in academic healthcare environments and brings a unique understanding of the complexity of those settings with an eye toward providing practical advice supported by deep technical expertise.

Jennifer works in other settings within the nonprofit sector, from serving as outside general counsel to large academic-related foundations and private foundations, to assisting start-up nonprofits and religious organizations, her practice spans the spectrum of the nonprofit sector. Jennifer regularly counsels charities on accepting complex and unusual charitable gifts, such as LLC or closely held stock, as well as acceptable gift restrictions and donor involvement. She has unique expertise in permissible restrictions on scholarships, including those which might be limited under Title VI and Title IX. She is an expert on all issues facing nonprofits from mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and restructuring affiliated structures, to governance matters such as conflict of interest, intermediate sanctions, public charity status, and private foundation issues.

She is chair of the Gray Plant Mooty Health Law & Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group, which provides legal services to many health care providers and nonprofit organizations throughout the region. Jennifer is also Chair of the firm's Board of Directors.

Experience

  • Serves as outside general counsel to medical school faculty practice plan with over 1,100 physician members, with a particular focus on strategic partnerships and collaborations
  • Structures health care affiliations, collaborations, and joint ventures including ventures between tax-exempt hospitals and health systems and for-profit physician groups
  • Provides advice to physicians and hospitals regarding physician recruitment and physician compensation issues
  • Counsels hospitals, clinics, and physicians on issues related to Medicare/Medicaid laws and regulations including Stark, fraud and abuse, and reimbursement
  • Serves as outside general counsel to sole university-related foundation of public land grant university focusing on corporate governance, corporate, and unusual gifts
  • Provides counsel on charitable purpose and restricted gift issues
  • Advises public charities, private foundations, and trade associations on nonprofit corporation governance including conflicts of interest, fiduciary responsibilities, and intermediate sanction issues as well as community board requirements, private benefit issues, and reasonable compensation
  • Represents nonprofits on issues related to formation and retaining federal tax-exempt status including public charity classification, unrelated business taxable income, and tax-exempt bond financing issues including private use of bond facilities and management contract issues
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