Mr. Trupiano works with new and existing charities, foundations, and business associations to develop and maintain a solid legal foundation to minimize their risks and enhance their effectiveness. He provides practical advice and assistance from start-up through dissolution, including incorporation, tax exemption, board and member issues, compliance with federal and California laws, mergers, reorganizations, risk management, and other operational matters.
His clients work in many areas: special needs, senior care, addiction recovery, scientific research, secondary schools, homelessness, churches, humanitarian relief, dance arts, and trade associations in the high technology, attorneys and sports industries.
Mr. Trupiano was a contributing author to the Form 990 Policy Series, fourteen explanatory memorandum and sample policies addressing governance issues implicated in the IRS Form 990 filed by most charities and other nonprofits. The Series was a project of the Policy Subcommittee of the California State Bar Nonprofit Organizations Committee which he chaired.
He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Prior to forming his own law firm in 2007 focusing on charities and other nonprofit organizations, Mr. Trupiano was a partner in an international law firm where he represented clients in antitrust, patent infringement, unfair competition and related complex business claims.
He and his wife Sharon live in Thousand Oaks and have two adult children: a daughter, Lesley Moon, an artist and writer presently based in Berlin, Germany, and Mike Trupiano, owner of a wine wholesaler/retailer located in Santa Barbara.