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Anita Pelletier is Counsel in Nixon Peabody's nonprofit practice group. She advises nonprofit organizations in matters relating to legal requirements and best practices in connection with governance and operational matters.

What do you focus on?

Today I focus my practice on three main areas, building on over 10 years of experience assisting nonprofit clients to operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.

Nonprofit Corporate Governance and Board Disputes

I’ve represented organizations ranging from the very small to the very large. Most recently, the Nonprofit team advised the sole member of a nonprofit regarding its authority to remove board members.

Tax Compliance and Audits

I’ve worked with several organizations to guide them through IRS and regulatory audits. Most recently, I managed and coordinated an IRS audit for a large university.

Charitable Solicitation and Sales Promotions

I’ve assisted numerous charities navigate the various rules regarding charitable solicitations in a market that necessitates the use of social media and electronic communications.

I’ve also represented businesses operate promotions to develop brand recognition and sales. Last year, we assisted a business to develop best practices for operating national sweepstakes and contests.

What do you see on the horizon?

I’ve been following the demands for increased scrutiny of nonprofit organizations relating to transparency and public accountability. We’re developing strategies for organizations to put their houses in order before the regulators come knocking.


  • “Tax Exemption Issues Faced by Orchard Health,” Health Law Journal, New York State Bar Association, Vol. 9, No. 3 (Summer/Fall 2004).

Media Clips

  • Attorneys Applaud Overhaul of Nonprofit Law for Cutting Red Tape
    New York Law Journal | December 20, 2013
    Partner and leader of the firm’s Nonprofit Organizations practice Mike Cooney, Rochester counsel Anita Pelletier, and Rochester partner and president of the New York State Bar Association Dave Schraver discuss the New York State Nonprofit Revitalization Act signed into law by Governor Cuomo.




Anita L. Pelletier