Rocky M. Cabagnot

For over fifteen years, I've been of service to the nonprofit sector.  First, I served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow/Staff Attorney at a nonprofit legal services program, where I learned the importance of practicing law in the public interest and advocating for the poor.  Second, I served as Directing Attorney of a community economic development legal unit, where I honed my craft of practicing law representing not-for-profit developers and community development corporations dedicated to building affordable housing.  Later, I went into legal academia where I taught the only nonprofit legal clinic- the Community Economic Development Clinic.  For five years, law students under my supervision, provided direct legal services to Charlotte, NC area nonprofit organizations.  From time to time, I teach as an adjunct professor at a graduate nonprofit management program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In addition to practicing law with Hull & Chandler, P.A., I also served in the nonprofit sector.  I served as the Executive Director for a multi-million dollar budgeted community action agency, which provides Head Start/Early Head Start, affordable childcare, and family self-sufficiency programs.  Much like the old advertisement, which boasted, "I'm not just the president, I'm also a client," having the experience of running a large nonprofit helps me to understand what any nonprofit is going through, in addition to bringing my legal experience to bear upon your issues and problems.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I then attended the University of Florida Levin School of Law and received my Juris Doctor with Honors.  I am Licensed to Practive Law in North Carolina and Florida.

Who are my clients?

Public charities, Private Foundations, Trade/Professional/Employer associations, Social Clubs, Home Owners Associations, Advocacy organizations, Religious Organizations

What legal services do I provide to nonprofits?

Formation matters

  • Obtaining federal income tax-exempt status (IRS Form 1023)
  • Federal state and local filings

Governance, appropriate structuring and policy drafting

  • Development of organization's governance structure (board designate by third part, elected by membership or self-perpuating)
  • Board functioning and operations
  • Fiduciary duties of board and officers
  • Membership termination procedures
  • Corporate policies, including conflict of interest, document retention, whistleblower, gift acceptance
  • Drafting board, committee and member resolutions
  • Risk management, including advice on insurance needs, personnel policies and other internal procedures
  • Conducting a compliance review with laws and best practice, including rating level of compliance
  • Conduct regular board trainings and orientations for new members

Fundraising, Development and Solicitation Registration

  • Advice and support on state registration and compliance with fundraising laws

Lobbying, drafting legislation, work with advocacy groups

Shared Services and Sponsorship

  • Represent entities that act as fiscal sponsors to other entities
  • Represent organizations seeking fiscal sponsorship or spinning out of fiscal sponsorship into independent tax-exempt