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Celeste Arduino Named 2017 ABA Outstanding Young Nonprofit Lawyer

By: Bodman PLC


Bodman PLC is pleased to announce that Celeste E. Arduino, a member of the firm’s Tax and High Net Worth practice groups, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Young Lawyer by the American Bar Association’s Nonprofit Organizations Committee.

In announcing the award, the Nonprofit Organizations Committee cited Arduino’s long-term commitment to the law of nonprofits and her work with “an amazing variety of clients on projects vital to southeast Michigan.” Those projects have ranged from efforts to provide basic quality of life improvements for low-income residents to the formation of public/philanthropic partnerships and complex funding arrangements that have helped bring ambitious plans to reality.

The Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section recognizes one attorney each year with its Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. To qualify, the attorney must demonstrate distinguished service to the nonprofit sector and be under the age of 35 or in practice for less than ten years.

Arduino, who practices in Bodman’s Detroit office, represents community and family foundations, public charities, religious organizations, and other tax-exempt and charitable organizations in securing and retaining exempt status, advising on corporate governance issues, and counseling on general operational matters. She guides non-profit and philanthropic clients on matters including unrelated business taxable income, advocacy and lobbying activities, charitable solicitations, grantmaking, and social investing. 

She is co-chair of the Nonprofit Corporations Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She has been listed as a Metro Detroit “Top Lawyer” by DBusiness Magazine in the area of Non-Profit/Charities Law in 2012 and 2014, and she has been selected to the Michigan Super Lawyers® “Rising Stars” list.

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