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Jennifer Reedstrom Bishop

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 experience 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 knowledge.

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. She 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. Jennifer has unique insight in permissible restrictions on scholarships, including those which might be limited under Title VI and Title IX. She is keen 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.

Jennifer is also a firm leader — she serves as Chair of the Health Law Practice and is a member of the firm's Executive Committee.

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

Court Memberships

  • Minnesota

Honors

  • Non-Profit / Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Minneapolis, Best Lawyers®, 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2014–2020
  • “Minnesota Super Lawyer®,” Thomson/Reuters, 2001–2019
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2014
  • “Top 100 Woman Super Lawyer,” Minnesota Law & Politics, 2009
  • “Leading Health Care Attorney,” Minnesota Physician, 2005

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Professional Affiliations

  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Business Law Section, Executive Committee and Co-Chair, Nonprofit Corporations Committee
  • Central Mountain IRS Advisory Council for Tax-Exempt Organizations, Member
  • American Bar Association, Exempt Organizations Committee, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Center for Victims of Torture, 2012-2020; Chair, Governance Committee 2013-2020
  • Community Health Charities, Board of Directors, 2010–2017
  • Rotary Club of Minneapolis, Club No. 9, Member, 2006–2008
  • Project Success, Board of Directors, 2001–2006
  • Project Success, Community Advisor, 2016–present
  • Guthrie Theater, Board of Directors, 2017–present

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  • Minneapolis

    80 South Eighth Street
    500 IDS Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
F: 612.632.4060

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Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1992

St. Olaf College, B.A., cum laude, 1988, Political Science