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Practice Areas

Real Estate and Housing

Our real estate attorneys have broad expertise serving clients in areas including acquisition and disposition of real estate, zoning, signage, parking, easements, boundary disputes, leasing, landlord-tenant issues, ADA and FHA, litigation of real estate related disputes, real estate valuation issues, and more

Tax

Fraternal Law Partners has unique experience providing tax counsel to non-profit entities including tax exempt social organizations and charities on the federal, state and local levels.

Employment Issues

We regularly represent employers in a variety of employment law matters include employment contracts, employment discrimination, wage and hour claims and negotiation and enforcement of employment contracts,

Corporate Governance

Our corporate attorneys serve as corporate and transactional counsel to both member based and board directed fraternities, sororities, related foundations and house corporations.

Grant-Making

Charitable foundations are in the business of making scholarship, leadership, housing and other grants. Fraternal Law Partners is in the business of helping ensure Foundations may make the efficient use of their resources permissible under federal and state law.

Litigation

We have litigated a broad range of cases including business and real estate disputes, contract and commercial disputes, zoning and land issues, real estate issues, landlord/tenant disputes, member claims, and corporate claims, among others. We also have unique experience litigating Constitutional claims and election law disputes.

Risk Management & Hazing

Fraternal Law can help with risk management and hazing issues before an incident (training and policies), during the incident (crisis management and incident response) and after the incident (investigation and systems analysis to prevent future similar occurrences).

Fundraising & Stewardship

Fraternal Law Partners assists charitable organizations with the legalities of fundraising and stewardship. We help clients follow the law, so clients can get back to securing the futures of their members.

State Registration for Greek Foundations

40 states require registration to solicitation contributions, requiring annual registration. Federal and state authorities are becoming increasingly focused on proper registration. Our registration services can help ensure compliance in every state requiring registration.

About Us

Commitment. Experience. Leadership.

Welcome to Fraternal Law Partners, the only law practice dedicated to the issues impacting fraternities, sororities, student life organizations, and their related charitable foundations. We are committed exclusively to providing legal counsel on business matters and liability issues within a culture of top-notch focused client service.

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Our Attorneys

Big Law Talent, Small Law Agility

Our attorneys are seasoned professionals here to listen to your legal concerns and help you understand your options. We share your concern with the whole picture, not just the legal picture. Meet our team and find the right match for you.

Timothy M. Burke
"The role of a lawyer is to assist a client in obtaining justice."

Timothy M. Burke is a Founding Partner of Fraternal Law Partners. His practice is primarily devoted to representing governmental entities, representing clients in front of governmental decision-making bodies, or litigation for or against governmental entities. Burke is also well-versed in...

Sean P. Callan
“I love reading, writing, thinking, problem solving; I am blessed to work as a lawyer where these skills are required.”

Sean Callan is a Founding Partner of Fraternal Law Partners. He advises national fraternities and sororities, foundations and house corporations on a wide range of business issues, including corporate governance, real estate, grant-making, housing issues and tax-exempt issues. In addition,...

John E. Christopher
"Justice delayed is justice denied." – William E. Gladstone

John E. Christopher is a Founding Partner of Fraternal Law Partners. He helps fraternal clients navigate the legal challenges of non-profit organizations, including seeking and maintaining tax-exempt status, corporate governance matters and grant-making. He also advises national fraternities and sororities,...

Micah E. Kamrass
“Do Justice, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly”

Micah’s practice focuses on higher education law, real estate law, and election/campaign finance law. In his higher education law practice, Micah serves as general counsel and special counsel to numerous international fraternities and sororities and their affiliated entities. In his...

Amy M. Hebbeler
“In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” - Albert Einstein

Amy is an associate with Fraternal Law Partners. Amy’s practice focuses on the issues specific to fraternities, sororities, fraternal foundations and house corporations. Amy’s areas of expertise include corporate law, real estate law, tax, and grant making. She is also...

Jacklyn D. Olinger
“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Jacklyn is an associate with Fraternal Law Partners. Her practice focuses on the issues specific to nonprofit and tax exempt organizations, including seeking and maintaining tax exempt status, corporate governance matters, grant-making and registration under state charitable solicitation laws. Jacklyn...

Ilana L. Linder
“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” -Elie Wiesel

Ilana is an associate with Fraternal Law Partners. She is a Cincinnati native who joined Manley Burke as an associate in 2018. Her practice focuses on higher education and real estate matters. Ilana earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University...

Jacob W. Purcell

Jake’s significant experience and reputation negotiating high-value transactions and company-on-the-line disputes is only part of what makes clients such devoted fans. Jake’s responsiveness and accessibility will make you feel like he’s right down the hall. And in many cases, he...

Alison C. Trianfo
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abraham Lincoln

Ali Trianfo joins the legal team at Manley Burke after a career in local and state government relations, where she represented clients - particularly social service organizations - to legislative and administrative bodies. She will continue her work with nonprofits and...

Jeffrey C. Sun
“The process of democracy is one of change. Our laws are not frozen into immutable form, they are constantly in the process of revision in response to the needs of a changing society.” Thurgood Marshall

Jeff’s practice is in the area of higher education law. Jeff serves of Counsel at Manley Burke, and he is also Professor of Higher Education and Law, Distinguished University Scholar, and Director of the SKILLS Collaborative at the University of...

Why Fraternal Law Partners?

Commitment. Experience. Leadership.

We are the only law practice dedicated to the legal issues impacting fraternities, sororities, student life organizations, and their related charitable foundations.

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Fraternal Law News

This Week in the News

August 15th -August 19th, 2022

Each Friday Fraternal Law Partners will highlight news stories affecting Fraternities and Sororities around the country. These posts will contain...

This Week in the News

August 15th -August 19th, 2022

Each Friday Fraternal Law Partners will highlight news stories affecting Fraternities and Sororities around the country. These posts will contain...

This Week in the News

August 15th -August 19th, 2022

Each Friday Fraternal Law Partners will highlight news stories affecting Fraternities and Sororities around the country. These posts will contain...