Non-Profit, Fire and EMS Law

Smith Buss & Jacobs counsels not-for-profit corporations including fire and EMS departments on a full range of New York and Federal legal issues to help them operate effectively and satisfy their corporate and operational legal requirements.  Among other tasks, we review and draft corporate by-laws, advise on operational matters, conduct in-house data security training and assist with development and review of standard operating procedures and guidelines.

We provide advice in areas such as OSHA and HIPAA compliance, Certificate of Incorporation and by-law modernization, conflict of interest and indemnification rules, workers’ compensation regulations, and discrimination and sexual harassment policies.

We provide specific guidance to fire and EMS departments on the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 which modernized New York non-profit law and strengthened governance through compliance with certain best practices that all non-profits should adopt.

Smith Buss & Jacobs attorneys have advised government entities on issues such as eminent domain, inter-municipal agreements, and open meetings and record retention laws, and have considerable experience in negotiation of contracts for municipalities, quasi-public agencies and other not-for-profit entities.  We are also experienced in development of employee handbooks and policies related to sexual harassment, discrimination, social media use and other workplace issues.

Our work for fire and EMS departments provides the comprehensive legal coverage required in the today’s complex statutory and regulatory environment.