Jonathan Grissom

Chair, Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group

Mr. Grissom’s primary practice areas are nonprofit organizations, business and corporate law, real estate and tax.

Mr. Grissom represents a wide variety of public charities, private foundations, and other nonprofit organizations, including scientific research organizations, social welfare organizations, professional societies, trade groups, educational institutions and related groups, religious organizations, business leagues, hospitals and related groups, social clubs, and organizations dedicated to animal welfare, environmental protection, human rights, arts and culture, and other philanthropic causes.

His experience includes advising and assisting clients concerning start up and entity selection, entity formation, applications for federal and state tax exempt status, regulatory compliance, fiscal sponsorships arrangements, compliance with applicable public support tests, charitable solicitations, tax-exempt bond financings, endowment funds, property tax exemption, the protection of assets, political activities, lobbying unrelated business income, contracts, joint ventures, grant making, program related investments,  mergers and dissolutions.

Mr. Grissom also advises corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and other business entities regarding various transactions, including business formation (high-tech and bio-tech start-ups), commercial contracts, structuring, negotiating, and documenting the acquisition and sale of business, joint ventures, real estate acquisitions, and other complex business transactions.

Mr. Grissom has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service, California Franchise Tax Board, the California State Board of Equalization, and the California Attorney General’s office.

Mr. Grissom was a co-author of Advising California Nonprofit Corporations (2nd Edition), Continuing Education of the Bar.  The two-volume treatise addresses business and tax matters effecting nonprofit corporations.

Mr. Grissom is a former extern with the Honorable Rudi M. Brewster, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.  Mr. Grissom received his J.D. (1997) and his LL.M. in Taxation (2003) from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as a Lead Articles Editor on the San Diego Law Review Editorial Board (Volume 34).  He received his B.S. in Business Administration (Finance Concentration) from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1994).