Wagenmaker & Oberly
Paul Winters provides legal services for Wagenmaker & Oberly’s wide array of nonprofit clients, and other entities. Religious organizations, educational institutions, public charities, and private operating foundations number among the clients Paul serves. Paul’s practice is devoted to helping nonprofits maximally achieve their exempt purposes.
At Wagenmaker & Oberly, Paul advises organizations through corporate formation and development projects and addresses diverse federal and state tax compliance matters. He also helps officers and directors understand their fiduciary duties and develop robust structures from which leaders can properly govern. Paul also provides litigation-related solutions to his clients, protecting the interests of the firm’s nonprofit corporate clients. He has defended both religious and non-religious exempt organizations and understands the nuances and requirements affecting nonprofit governance and operations in such litigation. Additionally, Paul helps clients with legal issues affecting real estate, including the conveyance of property both to and from exempt organizations, and spearheading property tax exemption appeals.
Prior to his law school education, Paul served as the senior pastor of a Chicago-area suburban church for 16 years. During that time, Paul served in varying roles as Moderator of the Chicago Metro Presbytery and Chairman of its Missions and Credentialing Committees. Paul’s combination of educational, legal, and ecclesiastical experience gives him unusual insight into the challenges and dynamics facing volunteer organizations, faith-based groups, and various non-profit entities.