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Jennifer M. Oertel

Member,Ann Arbor

T 734-930-6898734-930-6898

competitive drive
Languages
  • Spanish
Education
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Michigan State University Honors College
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Georgetown University
Admissions
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan
Overview

Jennifer Oertel provides strategic business advice and practical legal guidance to a broad range of tax-exempt organizations. She has a varied business law background in securities, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, and corporate governance, which she leverages to further the business interests of her tax exempt clients and the investors who support them.

Jennifer’s clients include impact funds, individual impact investors, social enterprises, family and corporate foundations, community foundations, public charities, national and statewide membership organizations including philanthropic serving organizations, and chambers of commerce. A recognized authority on tax-exempt organizations law, Jennifer is the Co-Chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. The Nonprofit Corporations Committee reviews and updates the state law which governs nonprofit corporations and reviews legislation regulating the solicitation of charitable contributions.

She is a frequent author and speaker on impact investing and philanthropy and has served on the boards of directors of several philanthropic organizations. Jennifer frequently judges social enterprise business plan competitions and has served as a judge for many nonprofit business plan competitions and for the Crain’s Detroit Business “Best Managed Nonprofits” awards.

Jennifer is proficient in Spanish. She has a degree in Social Work from Michigan State University and worked in social work and evaluation before becoming an attorney.

Honors, Awards, and Recognition
  • Michigan Super Lawyers 2012, 2016-2019, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Michigan Rising Stars 2011, Nonprofit Organizations
  • DBusiness Magazine “Top Lawyers” 2015-2020, Nonprofit & Charitable Organizations Law
  • Who’s Who in Impact Investing, 2018
  • Michigan Lawyers Weekly “Leaders in the Law,” 2015
  • Volunteer of the Year, Michigan Community Resources, 2011
Civic, Cultural, and Community Activities
  • Case Foundation (Washington DC), Member, Impact Investing Advisory Committee
  • Social Enterprise Alliance—Detroit Chapter, Founding Vice Chair
  • Michigan Youth Opportunity initiative of Wayne County, Board Member
  • Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (DBG Detroit), Advisory Board Member
  • The Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University, Member, “Let’s get Social” Impact Investing Advisory Committee
  • University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Judge, Social Business Plan Competition (2016)
  • Livingston County United Way, Member, Community Investment Committee (2012-2015)
  • Child Safe of Michigan, Director and Member, Executive Committee (2011-2014)
  • Judge of several social enterprise challenges (Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest, Michigan Women’s Foundation, Michigan Corps)
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan, Member of the Business Law and Taxation Sections
    • Co-Chair, Nonprofit Corporations Committee, Business Law Section
  • Business Bar Association, Member, Nonprofit Organizations Subcommittee
  • Boston Bar Association, Former Member, Task Force on Professional Challenges
  • Council of Michigan Foundations
    • Outside General Counsel
    • Member, Impact Investing Committee
    • Expert in Residence for Impact investing
  • Inforum, Advisory Board for Women in Philanthropy Industry Group
  • Council on Federations, Legal Reviewer for National Standards for Accreditation of Community Foundations
  • Crain’s Detroit Business Best Managed Nonprofits competition, Judge (2014-2016)
Certifications
  • Certification in Nonprofit Management, Georgetown University
Publications

Select publications include:

  • Author, Council of Michigan Foundations blog, “Impact Investing: From A to Z”
  • Author, “Tax Reform: Fact, Fiction and Where We Now Stand,” Michigan Business Law Journal (2018)
  • Author, “Tax Benefits and Charitable Giving,” Small Business Association of Michigan Magazine (October 2014)
  • Author, “Get ‘SMART’: Measure Your Impact,” Nonprofit World (June 2014)
  • Author, “Proving that they are Doing Good: What Attorneys and Other Advisers Need to Know about Program Assessment,” Wayne Law Review (June 2014)
  • Author, “Is the L3C Right for your Enterprise,” Michigan Corps Bulletin (April 2014)
  • Author, “Avoiding Pitfalls in Nonprofit Practice: Do THIS—Not THAT,” Michigan Business Law Journal (June 2012)
  • Author, “Advanced Business Issues: Acquisitions of LLCs,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • Author, “Sophisticated Issues in Entertainment Law: Raising the Money,” Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2002)
  • Contributing Member, "Facing the Grail, Confronting the Cost of Work-Family Imbalance, and Implementation Plan," Report of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Professional Challenges (2000)
Speaking Engagements

Select speaking engagements include:

  • Presenter, “Understanding the Landscape of Impact Investing in Greater Philadelphia,” Philanthropy Network Greater Philadelphia (May 20, 2019)
  • Presenter, “Introduction to Philanthropy,” Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Impact Investing,” National Foundation Symposium hosted by O’Connor Davies LLP, New York (December 2014)
  • Presenter, “Legal Pitfalls in Private Foundations: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know” Council of Michigan Foundations Annual Conference (October 2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “Nonprofit Mergers, Consolidations and Collaborations,” Association of Fundraising Professionals Development Day (June 2014)
  • Presenter, “Foundations 101,” program co-sponsored by the Council of Michigan Foundations and Exponent Philanthropy (May 2014)
  • Presenter, “Maximizing Good: How Business Leagues and Charities Can Work Together,’ American Institute of Architects—Michigan Chapter (January 2014)

 

Practices & Industries Education
  • J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
  • B.A., Michigan State University Honors College
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Management, Georgetown University
Admissions
  • Michigan
Professional Affiliations
  • State Bar of Michigan