October 17, 2022
BOSTON, October 17, 2022 – Boston law firm Casner & Edwards, LLP partners Scott Harshbarger, Anita S. Lichtblau and Sharon C. Lincoln spoke at the Providers' Council's 47th Annual Convention & Expo, October 3, 2022. Their presentation, “Using Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Strategic Alliances to Share Services and Programs,” covered practical implications of various legal affiliation structures, including mergers and sole members, used to share services and the legal and policy impact of the new Governor and Attorney General. Harshbarger provides strategic counsel for business ethics, corporate investigations and defense, compliance and risk management, corporate and governance, and government regulation. He has had a long and successful public service career as a public defender, civil rights attorney, Middlesex District Attorney and recognized as a national leader during his term as Massachusetts Attorney General. Harshbarger regularly speaks to state and national business groups, industry and legal associations and college audiences and often appears in the national media and on New England television as a commentator and news analyst. Lichtblau advises nonprofit organizations on a wide variety of legal issues, including formation of organizations and application for tax-exempt status, maintenance of tax-exempt status, governance, lobbying and political activity, creation of corporate policies, employment matters, and government and private grants and contracts. Lichtblau is co-chair of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Chapter 180 Working Group and member of the Board of Directors of the Rebecca Pomroy Foundation. Lincoln advises nonprofit entities on the wide range of issues related to their tax-exempt status, including formation, funding, governance (including conflicts of interest), executive compensation, regulatory compliance, corporate restructuring and affiliations, international grant making, lobbying, unrelated business income, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition, she assists clients in matters directly involving the Internal Revenue Service, the California and Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, and the California Franchise Tax Board, including audits, appeals and ruling requests. Lincoln is a member of the ABA Tax Section, the ABA Tax Section’s State and Local Tax Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the TEGE Exempt Organizations Council, the California Lawyers Association, the BBA Tax-Exempt Organization Steering Committee, the BBA Chapter 180 Working Group, and the Board of Directors of the Associates of the Boston Public Library. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and California. The Providers' Council, formally known as the Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers, Inc., is an association of community-based human services agencies in Massachusetts with more than 220 members. Founded in 1975, the Providers’ Council is the largest human services trade association and is widely recognized as the official voice of the private provider industry. About Casner & Edwards, LLP Casner & Edwards, LLP represents businesses, individuals and institutions across New England and around the world, providing the core legal services they need to succeed. Clients work directly with a team of expert attorneys, and can expect full attention, seasoned advice, top quality work, and good value.