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Anita L. Pelletier



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 that conduct 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.

Publications

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

New state measure amends Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013

Rochester Business Journal | February 10, 2017

Rochester private equity and investment funds partner Jeremy Wolk, Washington DC nonprofit organizations partner Michael Cooney and Rochester nonprofit organizations counsel Anita Pelletier co-authored this column about updates to the Nonprofit Revitalization Act of 2013 and what New York nonprofits will need to do in order to comply.

Contact

Anita L. Pelletier

Counsel

Rochester

Phone: 585-263-1164


Fax: 585-263-1600

Syracuse University School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude

Maxwell School of Public Administration, M.P.A.

St. John Fisher College, B.A., Economics

New York

U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

U.S. Tax Court

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Anita was selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 in the field of Non-Profit/Charities Law. Anita has been listed in Best Lawyers since 2017.

Anita Pelletier has received numerous awards for her commitment to pro bono service. In 2003, she received the William E. McKnight Award from the Monroe County Bar Association. In 2005, she received the Legal Aid Society of New York City Pro Bono Award. Anita Pelletier is a recipient of Nixon Peabody’s Rodman Peabody Pro Bono Award, winning in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Anita Pelletier is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Law, a publication of the organization. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Rochester and is also involved with the Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, previously serving as a board member as well as chair of their Media Committee and co-chair of the Program Committee. Anita Pelletier is also a member of the American, New York State, and Monroe County bar associations.

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