I am honored to introduce Jon Widrick to socentlaw.com. Jon is a graduate of Georgetown Law Center and is a partner at Ascensus Law where he represents small to medium sized businesses dealing with corporate and tax law issues. Jon has significant experience advising green businesses, sustainable businesses, and social enterprises. He recently aided clients in becoming the first and second benefit LLCs to be recognized in the United States and currently represents a number of benefit entities in the DC area. He has written a number of articles and client memos on social enterprise, including this one on Becoming a Benefit Corporation in Virginia, which introduced me to his work and practice.
Jon also has significant experience in representing tax-exempt organizations, including 501(c)(2), 501(c)(3), 501(c)(6), 501(c)(7) and 501(c)(8) entities. Beyond assisting them in organizing their entity and obtaining tax-exempt status, Jon counsels them on such on-going compliance issues as lobbying and campaigning restrictions, operating in foreign countries, grant making, disclosure issues, sponsorships and avoiding classification as a private foundation. His clients range in size and scope from multinational organizations seeking systemic governmental change in Africa to national trade organizations dedicated to supporting the composting industry to community charities seeking to provide opportunities for at-risk youth.
Finally, Jon is a founding member of Green America’s Certification Advisory Committee, which advises Green America on ways to make their green certification process more responsive to its members, especially small businesses.
I am excited to have Jon joining the blog as an author and am sure we will all learn from his posts.