Wade S. Hauser

Wade Hauser’s practice centers on helping tax-exempt organizations—such as health and long term care providers, colleges, foundations, and advocacy organizations—meet their objectives.  Wade regularly guides nonprofits through major transactions including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and financings. 

Wade also works with long-standing and startup organizations to establish a practical governance and corporate structure and secure and maintain tax-exempt status at the state and federal level.  Clients aiming to influence public policy and elections rely on Wade’s advice on state and federal campaign finance and tax-exemption law.  Wade also regularly advises on grant making and charitable giving issues, including the management of endowments and donor advised funds.

Wade holds a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law, where he was one of two recipients of the John F. Murray Award recognizing the highest grade point average in the graduating class.

Before joining the firm, Wade served as a judicial clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa, clerking for the Honorable James E. Gritzner.  Prior to law school, Wade worked for several nonprofit corporations and served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, D.C., where he helped coordinate a free, walk-in clinic and conducted HIV testing and counseling.


  • Presenter, “Legal Basics for Nonprofit Directors,” United Way of Central MN, United University Board Training, November 29, 2022 
  • Co-Presenter, "Stump the Experts: Lathrop GPM Panel Fields Your Questions," Minnesota Planned Giving Association Annual Conference, November 2, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, "Playing Your Hand: Managing Restricted and Complex Gifts and Funds," Minnesota Council on Nonprofits Finance and Sustainability Conference, March 31, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, "Election Year Issues," 2022 Nonprofit Law Conference, Minnesota CLE, March 8, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, "Tax-Exemption 101," 2022 Nonprofit Law Conference, Minnesota CLE, March 8, 2022
  • Co-Presenter, “Governance Best Practices for Minnesota Cemeteries and Cemetery Foundations,” MN Association of Cemeteries Annual Conference, September 23, 2021
  • Co-Presenter, “First Steps Towards Assisted Living Licensure,” LeadingAge Minnesota, April 7, 2021
  • Presenter, "Tapping Restricted and Endowment Funds in a Down Economy," MN CLE, December 15, 2020
  • Presenter, "What You Need to Know about The Charitable Solicitation Act," 2020 Nonprofit Law Conference, March 3, 2020
  • Presenter, "Just a Bit of UBIT – What Nonprofits Need to Know about Unrelated Business Income Tax," 2020 Nonprofit Law Conference, March 3, 2020
  • Co-Presenter, "Navigating the New Tax Law Changes in the Nonprofit World," Gray Plant Mooty Event & Webinar, April 24, 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Charitable Development Team Breakfast Briefing: Planned Giving 101," Gray Plant Mooty Event & Webinar, April 20, 2017


Client Alerts and Blog Posts


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, "North Star Lawyers," 2016-2017, 2019-2023
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Court Memberships

  • Iowa
  • Minnesota


University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., with highest distinction, 2014, Order of the Coif; Iowa Law Review, articles editor

St. Olaf College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009, Political Science, Environmental Studies, student body president


  • Hon. James E. Gritzner – U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa