Elizabeth S. Reinhardt, Attorney at Law 2000 - Present
Provide legal services to nonprofit organizations, including trust, employment, real estate, contracts, mergers, dissolutions, gift planning, and civil litigation matters; consulting services to charitable fiduciaries and counsel including organizational development, conflict of interest, board development, executive compensation and dispute resolution engagements. Also, technical assistance to other attorneys representing nonprofit clients
In-house counsel services to Boston-based museum including fiduciary duty litigation, acquisition of multi-million dollar properties, corporate re-organization, employment counsel and layoff planning, negotiation of charitable gift instruments, management of adjunct counsel engagements;
Start-up and corporate organization on behalf of arts and education organization, including multi-state charity registration, and foreign grant and travel policy development;
Corporate transactional representation including acquisitions, operating agreements, mergers, and dissolution;
Excessive fees litigation in county probate courts on behalf of residuary charitable beneficiaries;
State agency representation in licensing, compliance and fiduciary duty matters, including the Attorney General’s Division of Public Charities, and Department of Early Education and Care;
Board training in areas including: conflict of interest avoidance, executive compensation, board governance and development, mission development, charitable solicitation and commercial co-ventures, state and federal regulatory compliance, policy development.
Division of Public Charities 1992 - 1999
Office of the Attorney General
As an Assistant Attorney General, investigated and resolved numerous fiduciary duty, charity governance, regulatory reporting, and fundraising fraud matters through negotiation and/or litigation. Beginning in 1996, responsible for investigation and litigation of proposed for profit conversion of nonprofit hospitals and HMOs. Frequent seminar presentations and public speaking engagements.
Lead Assistant Attorney General - Metrowest Medical Center
Business transaction analysis of proposed 80%/20% joint venture between nonprofit hospital system and Columbia/HCA, a for-profit hospital chain. Managed expert witness engagement, negotiation, and court process for first for profit hospital conversion in Massachusetts;
Second phase foundation planning for an independent, community based healthcare foundation to receive hospital sale proceeds involving intensive three-way mediation between the Division, the Town of Natick, and Metro West, consensus building with numerous other Town leaders and community groups; and extensive negotiation to determine structure and governance of the foundation. Ultimately, the Metro West Community Health Care Foundation was organized and funded. Initial funding was in excess of $40 million dollars.
Northeastern University School of Law, J.D.
Colby College, Waterville, ME, B.A.
Two majors: English and American Studies
Honors: American Studies Oral Comprehensive Examination
Member, Massachusetts Bar, United States District Court
BOARD AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION
Crossroads Community Foundation, Board of Advisors
Director& President, Acton Boxborough United Way
Coach, Massachusetts Bar Association Mock Trial program
Instructor, Director Business School
Member, North Middlesex Bar Association
Member, Attorney General’s Division of Public Charities Advisory Committee
“Guide for Board Members, Regulators and Advocates” (2000)
Kellogg Foundation Healthcare Conversions Information Project
“Getting Going Getting Organized: Threshold Considerations and a Road Map for Start-Up Nonprofits,” Chapter 1, MCLE Nonprofit Law Conference 2001(2001-04.06-CM)
ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
Panel Attorney: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Part-time Professor: Bunker Hill Community College
Dean’s Assistant and Publications Coordinator: B.U. School of Education
Director, P.R. & Marketing: Human Service Yellow Pages
Reporter: The Middlesex News
Frequent conference presentations and speaking engagements