This program will examine the range of options available to individuals with innovative solutions to today's major social issues, from Benefit Corporations and L3Cs, to 501(c)(3) organizations, for-profit corporations, and LLCs. You will learn the basics of forming and running a new business or nonprofit, and choose the type of entity that is the best match for your idea.
Presented by Heather Dietrich Batzel and Benjamin Takis.
Heather Dietrich Batzel founded Batzel Law PLLC in 2013, a law firm providing legal counsel to companies and their founders in the areas of corporate and securities transactions, commercial contracts, strategic and regulatory business law advice and general counsel. Her prior experience includes positions as legal counsel to the World Bank, associate attorney at Baker & McKenzie LLP and Andrews Kurth LLP and general counsel to a DC-based start-up company. Through these experiences Heather has counseled organizations of all sizes from start-ups and consultants to investment banks and large international companies, and she has lead negotiations on deals spanning 6 continents. Opening her own law firm was motivated by Heather’s desire to bring her substantial corporate and transactional law experience to innovators launching and growing their own enterprises, and she enjoys working closely with clients as a member of their teams. Heather has spoken to audiences at Carnegie Mellon University, The Greater Washington Society of CPAs, the D.C. Bar, the Foundation Center, the Center for Nonprofit Advancement, the Free Library of Philadelphia and various private business venues on the topics of law, contracts and entrepreneurship. Batzel Law PLLC has offices in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, PA.
Benjamin Takis is the founding attorney of Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC, a law firm specializing in tax, corporate governance, and employment issues for nonprofits and social entrepreneurs. Since beginning his practice in 2006, Ben has devoted his career to representing nonprofit organizations and tax-exempt entities.
Prior to starting his own firm, Ben worked as an associate at the premier Washington, DC labor firm Bredhoff & Kaiser and the leading employee benefits boutique Groom Law Group. Throughout his career, Ben has represented some of the largest pension funds, welfare trusts and labor organizations in the country, along with public charities, lobbying groups, trade associations, and other nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes.
Ben earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006, where he graduated magna cum laude, with a concentration in taxation. Prior to law school, Ben earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the George Washington University in 2001, where he graduated summa cum laude.
Presented in partnership with the Regional Foundation Center.