Government, Education, & Non-Profits

Jackson Walker’s Government, Education, & Non-Profit Organizations Group thoroughly comprehends the unique needs and tight budget constraints facing mission-driven entities. With broad experience advising colleges, municipalities, religious organizations, foundations and non-profits, we appreciate the complex regulatory environment and heightened public scrutiny these clients face. This multifaceted perspective allows us to provide practical guidance attuned to our clients’ priorities, resources and reputations.

Higher Education

  • Advise colleges, universities and affiliated foundations on governance, compliance, fundraising, sponsored research, technology transfer, human resources, real estate, trademarks and strategic matters
  • Assist with government audits, Title IX investigations, and disputes with students and faculty

State and Local Government

  • Assist municipalities, counties, authorities, school districts and agencies with open records requests, public contracting, bond issuances, referendums, and zoning variances
  • Advise on compliance with sunshine laws, public meeting requirements, and procurement regulations
  • Represent government entities in disputes with contractors, developers, vendors and suppliers

Religious Institutions

  • Counsel churches, synagogues, mosques and affiliated entities on governance, tax exemption, HR issues, facilities use, and constitutional law
  • Advise leadership on contracts, conduct policies, and sensitive investigative matters
  • Assist religious schools and seminaries on student issues and regulatory compliance

Non-Profits and Charities

  • Provide formation, governance, fundraising, lobbying, and tax exemption guidance
  • Assist with grant compliance, endowment management, corporate sponsorships, conflicts of interest, executive compensation
  • Advise on joint ventures, social enterprises, unrelated business income and complex regulatory areas

Our team delivers practical guidance informed by hands-on experience. We understand our clients’ missions and collaborate to solve legal challenges efficiently.

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February 1, 2024
Attorney News

Tyler Wallach Joins Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice in Fort Worth

Jackson Walker is pleased to welcome Tyler Wallach as senior counsel in the Trial & Appellate Litigation practice of the Fort Worth office.

Tre Fischer

December 15, 2023

Tré Fischer Quoted on Winter Storm Uri MDL Ruling

Tré Fischer spoke with The Texas Lawbook and Houston Chronicle about the Texas First District Court of Appeals decision issued on December 14, 2023, in the Winter Storm Uri multi-district litigation. Tré serves as liaison counsel for the hundreds of defendants in the MDL.

Alisha Mehta Adams

November 30, 2023
Attorney News

Alisha Adams Named Fellow of Texas Bar Foundation

Jackson Walker is pleased to congratulate Alisha Mehta Adams on her election as a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.

Chris Rourk

October 26, 2023
Attorney News

Chris Rourk Appointed to External Advisory Board of University of Florida Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

The University of Florida Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering has appointed Chris Rourk (B.S., Electrical Engineering, 1985) to serve on the External Advisory Board. In his role on the board, Chris will help provide feedback on ECE Florida’s program, direction, and future.

October 17, 2023

Texas Attorney General Opinion Finds That Governor’s Emergency Executive Orders Have “The Force and Effect of Law,” Including Criminal Penalties

On September 10, 2021, Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs requested an “expedited” ruling from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in response to his question of whether executive orders issued by Abbott in response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be “criminally enforceable,” including against public servants who violate the orders. Just over two years later – on September 14, 2023 – he received this reply.

By Kate Goodrich

Jennifer Freel with Jackson Walker logo

October 3, 2023

5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices | Law360 (Subscription Required)

In this article contributed to Law360, Jennifer Freel discusses Fourth Amendment protections at international borders and the importance of attorneys understanding that privileged communications are vulnerable when re-entering the country.

Jennifer Freel and Edwin Buffmire Government Enforcement Institute (Sept 2023)

September 19, 2023
Speaking Engagements

Jennifer Freel and Edwin Buffmire to Speak at UT Law CLE’s Government Enforcement Institute

At the 9th Annual Government Enforcement Institute, Jennifer S. Freel and Edwin Buffmire will present on recent enforcement trends by the U.S. Department of Justice and the expansion of criminal antitrust enforcement.

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September 8, 2023
Attorney News

Tré Fischer to Discuss Winter Storm Uri Litigation During ‘The Texas Lawbook’ CLE Webcast

Two-and-a-half years after Winter Storm Uri caused widespread power outages, The Texas Lawbook will host a 90-minute CLE webcast at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2023, featuring some of the top lawyers involved in the litigation, including Tré Fischer, partner at Jackson Walker; Matt Henry, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Oncor; Andy Wright, chief administrative officer at Talen Energy; and Barry Barnett, partner at Susman Godfrey.

August 14, 2023

A Deepening Circuit Split: The Fifth Circuit Weighs in on Divide Over Deference Afforded to Sentencing Guidelines

In this article contributed to Law360, Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha take a deep look into the effect of a recent Fifth Circuit en banc decision, noting that the amount of deference courts give the Guidelines is an issue for criminal practitioners to watch and something likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court.