Mary Dowling

Mary Dowling
Adjunct Professor

Mary Dowling is a Partner at For Purpose Law Group and co-chairs the firm’s Nonprofit and Business practice areas. She is a passionate representative of charitable and business clients of all different sizes, across various industries and sectors. Using her unique background that couples a strong understanding of business with her legal skills, Ms. Dowling is able to combine her areas of expertise to help her clients create, manage, and maintain successful business pursuits across various sectors.

Ms. Dowling represents a wide variety of public charities, private foundations, and other nonprofit organizations, including museums, religious and faith-based organizations, social welfare organizations, sports-based organizations, business leagues, educational institutions and social clubs. Her practice focuses on providing full service representation and outside general counsel services advising on a full range of nonprofit and tax exempt legal issues with an emphasis on federal, state and local tax laws, including entity formation, applications for federal and state exemption, unrelated business income planning, compliance with public support tests, property tax exemption, nonprofit corporate governance, contracts, joint ventures and corporate compliance.

In addition to her representation of exempt organizations, Ms. Dowling represents social enterprises and other corporate clients on various transactions including business formation, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, dissolutions, joint ventures, and corporate compliance.

Professor Dowling is the Supervising Attorney in the Nonprofit + Business Law Clinic at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and is passionate about teaching and assisting students in providing pro-bono legal services to small business in Southern California.