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Hi, I’m Jess Birken.

jess birken photoI am the owner of Birken Law Office, I help nonprofits solve problems so they can quit worrying and get back to what matters most – The Work. I’m not like most attorneys, I actually have an outgoing personality, and – like you – I like to think outside the box. Most of my clients are passionate and have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m like that too. My goal is to help you crush it. Getting bogged down in the minutia sucks the joy out of the important work. My clients want to do the work – not the paperwork.

My Credentials

  • BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001)
  • JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (2007)
  • MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University (2010)
  • Certified Transformative Mediator
  • Want more? Check out my LinkedIn profile.

Check out my Articles page for timely information on nonprofit issues:

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When does a nonprofit need work comp insurance?

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Who owns a nonprofit?

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Insurance for company cars and volunteers driving

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The Case of the Copied Nonprofit, by Birken Law

The Case of the Copied Nonprofit, by Birken Law

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What is the Nonprofit Notice of Intent to Dissolve? by Birken Law

What is the Nonprofit Notice of Intent to Dissolve? by Birken Law

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Founder Feature: All of Us Are Stronger Than Any One of Us, by Birken Law

Founder Feature: All of Us Are Stronger Than Any One of Us, by Birken Law

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Haunted Nonprofit Halloween

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Help! I got a cease & desist letter – now what?!

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Nonprofit Voting Members vs Non-Voting Members? by Birken Law

Nonprofit Voting Members vs Non-Voting Members? by Birken Law

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Nonprofit Top Tip: Successful Fundraising

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What is General Liability insurance and why a nonprofit needs it?

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#1 Tip to Start a Successful Nonprofit

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Will Cut Cut Cut Tax Bill change nonprofit donor giving?

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Trademarks – How does it work?

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Why cash basis is dangerous for nonprofit accounting

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Founder’s Roadmap Outtakes!

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What if people say my nonprofit idea sucks

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When to stop using cash basis and switch to accrual?

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Trademark vs Copyright – what’s the difference?

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Start a Nonprofit to Make Yourself Money

Start a Nonprofit to Make Yourself Money

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Founder Feature: Childhood Dream to a Nonprofit Reality, by Birken Law

Founder Feature: Childhood Dream to a Nonprofit Reality, by Birken Law

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Start Nonprofit To Avoid Biz Costs and Liability

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What is Nonprofit Directors and Officers Insurance?

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Top 5 Trademark Mistakes Startups Make

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Your Brain on Uncertainty, by Birken Law

Your Brain on Uncertainty, by Birken Law

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Pro-Tip: How To Start a Successful Nonprofit (HINT, it’s in the programming)

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Charity Therapy podcast hosted by Jess Birken

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Charity Therapy: Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

Charity Therapy: Most Insane Donor Database Method Ever

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How to make sure your nonprofit volunteers are covered by insurance

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Nonprofit Q&A: Charity or Robbery?, by Birken Law

Nonprofit Q&A: Charity or Robbery?, by Birken Law

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What's the Statement of Functional Expenses (And what is it good for?)

What’s the Statement of Functional Expenses (And what is it good for?)

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Nonprofits – you didn’t know you needed this insurance!

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Where does nonprofit money come from?

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How to Tell Creditors You're Nonprofit is Going Out of Business, by Birken Law

How to Tell Creditors You’re Nonprofit is Going Out of Business, by Birken Law

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What is employment practices liability insurance and when do you need it?

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Secret Real First Step to Start a Nonprofit (Hint: it’s NOT incorporating)

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The Mystery of the Zombie Nonprofit, by Birken Law

The Mystery of the Zombie Nonprofit, by Birken Law

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What is the nonprofit balance sheet and income statement?

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A Secret Cause of Your Nonprofit Diversity Problem, by Birken Law

A Secret Cause of Your Nonprofit Diversity Problem, by Birken Law

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Nonprofit Fundraising Fake News

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Are State-wide Giving Days good?

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The Future of Donor Engagement, by Birken Law

The Future of Donor Engagement, by Birken Law

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Brad Pitt’s Nonprofit Got Sued – And Yours Can Too

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Insurance for buildings and equipment

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Setting up a chart of accounts? Avoid these mistakes!

Setting up a chart of accounts? Avoid these mistakes!

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Nonprofit Q & A: Trick or Treat? by Birken Law

Nonprofit Q & A: Trick or Treat? by Birken Law

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Nonprofit Public Finance Director on working with Jess Birken

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Cash v Accrual – whats the difference?

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What’s a Trademark (and when do you need it?)

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HR: Do You Know Where the Lines Are?, by Birken Law

HR: Do You Know Where the Lines Are?, by Birken Law

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