Since 2002, Rob has provided comprehensive legal assistance to land trusts, running the gamut from transactions (conservation easements and fee acquisitions) to governance matters (including land trust mergers) to thorny stewardship issues (easement violations or property encroachments). Rob is a frequent presenter at state and national land trust conferences, and has served on the Land Trust Alliance’s Conservation Defense Advisory Council.
Rob is one of the nation’s foremost experts in drafting and reviewing conservation easements, conservation plans, purchase agreements, options, and related conservation transaction documents. Rob also assists land trusts in securing the services of appraisers and surveyors.
Stewardship, amendment, and defense issues are increasingly common as land trusts acquire more preserves and easements. Rob assists land trusts in properly responding to particular events, as well as instituting sound policies to ensure that land trusts are better prepared to oversee their stewardship responsibilities.
Rob reviews charter documents (bylaws and articles of incorporation) and ensures compliance with federal tax-exempt regulations and state regulation of conflict-of-interest transactions.
Are you thinking of incorporating a new land trust? Perhaps your land trust is contemplating a major structural change such as a merger or dissolution. Rob can help ensure that these actions are carried out as smoothly as possible.