Robert J. Skinner
Robert J. Skinner

Member

Phone: 719.448.4055

Fax: 719.635.4576

rskinner@shermanhoward.com

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Legal Secretary

Dorene DeMars
719.448.4047

Areas of Emphasis

Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations

Religious Organizations

Education

  • Juris Doctor, College of William and Mary, 1989
  • Master of Arts, Moody Theological Seminary, 1998
  • Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, Gordon College, 1983

Rob Skinner advises religious and other nonprofit organizations on tax, corporate and regulatory issues. Building on his experience as general counsel for an international nonprofit, Rob understands the challenges facing nonprofit organizations, which gives him a unique insight and understanding when counseling nonprofit organization leaders. He regularly advises clients on exempt organization tax issues, and his experience includes mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, joint ventures and commercial activities. Additionally, he assists clients with respect to religious accommodations in the law and in developing faith-based employment policies. Rob worked in Quito, Ecuador for three years and he often helps clients facing international challenges or seeking to establish operations in other countries.

Professional Activities
  • Admitted Colorado, 2004
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Law clerk to the Honorable Robert G. Doumar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 1989–1990
Publications and Presentations
  • “Generating Income Beyond Donations? Beware Lurking Tax Consequences,” Law Week Colorado (2013) (Stuart J. Lark, co-author)
  • “Business Dealings: Insider Transactions and the Risk of IRS Sanctions,” CCCA InSite Magazine, (November/December 2010)
  • “Screening Rental Groups: Take Steps to Avoid Claims of Discrimination,” CCCA InSite Magazine, (July/August 2010)
  • “Job Status: Three Tests for Distinguishing Contractors from Employees,” CCCA InSite Magazine, (March/April 2010)
  • “Military Service: Employers Are Also Called to Contribute,” CCCA InSite Magazine, (November/December 2009)
  • “Register Before Requesting: Comply with State Charitable Solicitation Registration Laws Before Raising Funds,” CCCA InSite Magazine, (July/August 2009)
  • “Tax Exemption for Religious Organizations: The Theory, Conditions and Implications of Obtaining Tax-Exempt Status,” The Legal Bulletin, (Spring 2007) (Stuart J. Lark, co-author)