Gene Takagi

Gene Takagi

NEO Law Group
  • Business Law, Tax Law
  • California
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Gene Takagi is the managing attorney of NEO Law Group, contributing publisher of the Nonprofit Law Blog, and an assistant professor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. At NEO, Gene has represented over 700 nonprofit organizations on corporate, tax, and charitable trust law matters. Gene is a popular writer on nonprofit legal topics and has been published by The New York Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Taxation of Exempts, EO Tax Journal, and ALI-ABA. He is also a popular speaker who has presented at conferences for Independent Sector, BoardSource, National Association of Attorneys General / National Association of State Charity Officials, Net Impact, CalNonprofits, the American Bar Association (ABA), the Northern California Planned Giving Council, Social Media for Nonprofits, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, and numerous local and regional bar and CPA associations. In addition, Gene has been a regular contributor to Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio since 2010.

Gene's professional experiences are diverse: corporate attorney for Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, professor of nonprofit law at USF, director of the medical and behavior divisions of the SF SPCA, management consultant for Allders International, and managing director of Suki's International. This background helps him provide clear, understandable legal advice with an appreciation of the relevant business issues. Gene, a graduate of UCLA School of Law and of USF's Master of Nonprofit Administration program, is a recipient of multiple awards for his work, including Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer (ABA Nonprofit Committee, 2016), Outstanding Barrister of the Year (Bar Association of San Francisco) and Northern California Super Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). He currently serves on the boards of CompassPoint and The Nonprofit Quarterly and previously served on the board of Net Impact and public policy committee of Independent Sector.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Tax Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Nonprofit Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Professional Experience
Managing Attorney
NEO Law Group
- Current
Associate Attorney
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
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Director, Medical & Behavior Divisions
San Francisco SPCA
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Operations Manager ...
Allders International
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Education
UBC
BSc | Biology
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UCLA
JD
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University of San Francisco
MNA | Nonprofit Administration
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Awards
Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service
Volunteer Legal Services Program
Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service
Volunteer Legal Services Program
Barrister of the Year
Bar Association of San Francisco
Professional Associations
Social Enterprise Alliance
Member
- Current
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Bar Association of San Francisco Pro Bono Committee
Committee Member
- Current
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Community Initiatives
Director, Secretary
- Current
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Northern California Planned Giving Council
Member
- Current
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JCYC
Director
- Current
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American Bar Association
Member
- Current
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California State Bar # 215258
Member
- Current
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Bar Association of San Francisco
Member
- Current
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Asian American Bar Association
Member
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Net Impact
Director
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Barristers Club
Director
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Community Thrift Store
Director
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Can Nonprofit Boards Vote by Email?
Blue Avocado
Alternatives to Forming a Charitable Nonprofit
American Bar Association, Business Law Today
The Importance of Board Meeting Attendance
Nonprofit Conversation
Group Exemptions Demystified
Taxation of Exempts (Thomson Reuters)
Nonprofit Corporate Governance
The Practical Lawyer (ALI-ABA)
Governance and the Nonprofit Integrity Act
Lorman Education Services
Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations
Lorman Education Services
Nonprofit Joint Ventures
Law.com
Contact & Map
535 Mission St.
14th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
USA
Telephone: (415) 977-0558