We’re a law firm that represents small businesses that happen to be nonprofits! We’re hiring an early-career attorney to complement our growing team!

Organization Summary

Charitable Allies is a law firm for nonprofit organizations. We’re organized and operated as a “low bono” 501(c)(3) legal aid law firm for nonprofits. The firm’s economics are similar to an insurance defense firm.

We regularly litigate on behalf of nonprofits. Cases often include: breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, bankruptcy, judicial dissolution, liquidation, financial mismanagement, IIBR, UPMIFA violations, misuse of charitable funds, defamation, ICVRA, estate/probate claims, fraudulent inducement, fraud (various types), and administrative and regulatory investigations and appeals as needed.

We’re an organization with a huge work ethic that still likes to take a time out and have fun. We have been rapidly growing over the past several years.

About the Position

Currently seeking an early-career (0-3 year) general litigation staff attorney who wants to work hard and sees the future full of personal career growth and success while representing nonprofits.

This is an exciting Staff Attorney – General Litigation opportunity, based in Indianapolis IN, offering a variety of complex legal matters, projects, and provides general business counseling and other transactional work across a wide range of nonprofit organizations. Compensation is very high for nonprofit law firms and is commensurate with experience and anticipated workload. The position should provide a good work-life balance. Come help us save the turtles!

What You’ll Do

  • Provides strategic litigation support to nonprofit organizations.
  • Reviews documents and prepares demand letters.
  • Conducts litigation projects and legal matter management with the assistance and supervision of the managing attorney; consistently exercises sound judgment.
  • Manages client expectations to balance requirements and competing priorities; provides useful legal advice and alternative solutions.
  • Collaborates cross-functionally to bring team members together to efficiently and effectively execute the company’s growth strategy.
  • Thinks strategically, assesses the legal and business implications of litigation, and provides thoughtful, timely, practical and nonprofit-savvy advice.
  • Provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate tax-exempt environment business context; understands and manages client expectations.
  • Ensures efficient and timely communication with colleagues and team members.
  • Provide talking points for nonprofit boards and Officers in regards to litigation to engage stakeholders and keep them informed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You’ll Bring

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • License to practice law in highest court of any U.S. state.
  • Willingness to work in the field of litigation, especially in complex business litigation, finance, bankruptcy/liquidation/insolvency and related fields.
  • Significant strategic litigation experience (i.e., using litigation as a tool for social/legal change) is a huge plus.
  • Specific interest in nonprofit or tax-exempt organizations is a major plus.
  • Strong interest and ability in civil litigation.
  • Strong drafting and communication skills.
  • Strong people management skills.
  • Willingness and ability to handle a wide range of legal issues for various constituencies, with a strong focus on customer service.
  • Ability to think critically and make clear and well-reasoned decisions.
  • Ability to see and handle more than the legal issues of a project; strong, pragmatic nonprofit acumen with the ability to recognize the nonprofit consequences of legal advice.
  • Exemplary personal and professional integrity and business ethics, as well as respect for others.
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and clients across various disciplines and cultures.

Compensation and Benefits

Pay is excellent for the sector, with large increases in years 3-7! First year anticipated compensation commensurate with experience and performance (between $66,000 and $81,000). Additional benefits include options such as our 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan with a 5% employer match, an Anthem health insurance plan (forthcoming, January 2022), paid time off, paid opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and other personal and professional benefits.

Work Location

Charitable Allies is located next to the Pyramids on the northwest side of Indianapolis, at 9100 Purdue Road, Suite 115, Indianapolis, IN 46268. Work will be in-office for the first 90 days, with the opportunity to work remotely up to two days per week thereafter.


Zac Kester, Managing Attorney and CEO

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter, resume, list of references and two writing samples, to include:

  1. A demand letter, cease and desist letter or Rule 26F letter; plus
  2. A major pleading with memorandum or legal analysis (Motion and Memo to Dismiss, Motion and Memo for Summary Judgment, a Response to either, a significant appellate brief, etc.)

to Shawna Powell, COO, at spowell@charitableallies.org.