Gene Takagi, Managing Attorney
Gene Takagi is the managing attorney of NEO Law Group, contributing publisher of the Nonprofit Law Blog, and an assistant professor at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. At NEO, Gene has represented over 700 nonprofit organizations on corporate, tax, and charitable trust law matters. Gene is a popular writer on nonprofit legal topics and has been published by The New York Times, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Nonprofit Times, Taxation of Exempts, EO Tax Journal, and ALI-ABA. He is also a popular speaker who has presented at conferences for Independent Sector, BoardSource, the National Association of Attorneys General / National Association of State Charity Officials, CalNonprofits, Net Impact, the American Bar Association, the Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations (WCTEO), Georgetown Nonprofit Governance, the Northern California Planned Giving Council, Social Media for Nonprofits, the National Network of Fiscal Sponsors, and numerous local and regional bar and CPA associations. In addition, Gene has been a regular contributor to Tony Martignetti Nonprofit Radio since 2010.
Gene's professional experiences are diverse: corporate attorney for Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, professor of nonprofit law at the University of San Francisco, director of the medical and behavior divisions of the San Francisco SPCA, management consultant for Allders International (specialty retail), and managing director of Suki's International (beauty/education). This background helps him provide clear, understandable legal advice with an appreciation of the relevant business issues. Gene, a graduate of UCLA School of Law and of USF's Master of Nonprofit Administration program, is a recipient of multiple awards for his work, including Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer (American Bar Association, 2016), Outstanding Barrister of the Year (Bar Association of San Francisco) and Northern California Super Lawyer (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018). He currently serves on the boards of CompassPoint and The Nonprofit Quarterly and the planning committee of the WCTEO. Gene previously served on the boards of Community Initiatives, Net Impact, JCYC, the Barristers Club of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and the public policy committee of Independent Sector.
Erin Bradrick, Senior Counsel
Erin Bradrick is Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group and writes extensively on legal issues impacting the nonprofit sector, including as a columnist for The Daily Journal, California's largest legal news provider. She has written articles published by Taxation of Exempts, The Nonprofit Quarterly, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and the ABA's Business Law Today, among others. Erin is the 2018 Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer - Young Attorney awarded by the American Bar Association Nonprofit Organizations Committee. In 2017, Erin was awarded the American Bar Association’s “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers” by the ABA Young Lawyers Division.
Erin is deeply committed to supporting and strengthening nonprofits and the sector at large and has led various advocacy efforts to this end. She also frequently speaks on nonprofit legal issues to various audiences and has been a speaker at multiple BoardSource Leadership Forums, the Western Conference on Tax Exempt Organizations, the ABA Business Law Section Conference, the State Bar of California's Section Convention, Northern California Grantmakers, and the Foundation Center - San Francisco. She often conducts trainings for nonprofit staffs on lobbying, advocacy, and election-related activities and for nonprofit Boards of Directors on a range of governance issues.
Prior to joining NEO Law Group, Erin was a litigator with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and also clerked for the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Erin is a graduate of UCLA, summa cum laude in Women’s Studies and Political Science, and Yale Law School, where she was Submissions Director and Symposium Coordinator of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. She is admitted to practice law in the states of California and New York.
Michele Berger, Associate Attorney
Michele Berger is author of How can the board of a bar association prevent and respond to sexual harassment? (American Bar Association Bar Leader Magazine, Sep/Oct 2018) and a contributor of over 50 published articles on the Nonprofit Law Blog. Now in her sixth year working with NEO Law Group, Michele has assisted clients with nonprofit formation, exemption, charitable registration, fiscal sponsorship, property tax exemption, international grantmaking, bylaws review, and on various governance matters. Michele has also led seminars for emerging nonprofit leaders, presented for The Foundation Center, produced short videos on startup issues, and co-authored articles for The Nonprofit Quarterly and the Alameda County Bar Association Blog.
Michele graduated cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, where she was a member of the McAullife Honor Society and on the board of the Law Students for Reproductive Justice. Michele received a bachelor of arts degree in Legal Studies from UC Berkeley and is admitted to practice law in California.