Club Liability Lawsuits: Tips for Avoiding Court

Recorded On: 07/30/2015

When is a private club not a private club? According to recent court decisions, certain clubs may be 501(c)(7) for tax purposes but yet not be truly private for legal purposes. This session will review why clubs wind up in court defending their private status, how courts are ruling, and what clubs are doing to jeopardize their private status with offerings such as non-member events and non-traditional food and packaged wine sales. Understand why private status is more than just percentage of income tax, the types of offerings to avoid, and the risks associated with certain non-traditional activities. Lastly, understand the benefits of alternative dispute resolution processes such as arbitration and mediation and other tips to help keep your club out of court.

Michelle F. Tanzer

Chair of the Residential, Resort & Club Section and a Shareholder, GrayRobinson, P.A.

Michelle Tanzer is chair of the Residential, Resort & Club Section, co-chair of the Hospitality industry group and a shareholder in GrayRobinson's Boca Raton office. Recognized for her extensive experience in real estate development and club and community association law, she advises developer, hotel operator, club and community association clients with projects in the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, The Bahamas, Latin America and Asia. Her primary focus is negotiating, structuring and amending the licensing, marketing and management agreements, consumer agreements and governance documents necessary for residential and resort communities, mixed-use projects, residence club and timeshare developments, and golf, marina, spa, fitness, tennis and dining clubs.


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