darren-new-2I’m a lawyer and I focus my practice on helping nonprofits.  Nonprofits use imagination and hard work to address needs that often go unmet (or at least not fully met) by the private sector or the government.  I have the privilege of working with these organizations to address their legal needs so that they can stay focused on mission. Needless to say, I’m pretty lucky to get to do what I do.

This site is where I comment on legal issues affecting nonprofits and offer thoughts and advice on various nonprofit legal and tax topics.  It also gives me a place to keep papers and presentations from my seminar presentations for anyone who may be interested. Where the materials have been created with the co-labor of others at my firm or colleagues outside of my firm, I have endeavored to note that.  These materials are not a complete set of all papers and presentations on my CV, but I have attempted to collect those that I think have the most ongoing value and will update this site as new papers are presented.  Finally, the Resources page contains a list of links that I find helpful in regard to nonprofit legal issues and hope you do too.

When I’m not tending to this site (which, let’s face it, means most of the time) I practice at the Fort Worth, Texas law firm of Bourland, Wall & Wenzel, P.C. I am incredibly fortunate to work with smart and hardworking colleagues. I am even more fortunate to get to work with clients who are innovating, compassionate, skillful, committed, and all around good folks.  I also have the privilege of teaching a class on the law of nonprofits at Baylor Law School.

If you’d like to see a formal CV, you can download it here: DBM CV.

If you’re still reading, why?  This is an about page and you’re on the fifth paragraph!  Maybe you want to know a little more about me?  I am originally from College Station, Texas.  I’m a proud graduate of Texas A&M (and a fanatical Aggie fan), a graduate of Baylor Law School having survived the Practice Court program, and have been with my firm since 2000.  I am married to a scholar (seriously — my wife, Terri, has a PhD in New Testament Studies and teaches Greek and other topics beyond my comprehension) and have been blessed with three of the most amazing and entertaining kids (one is now technically an adult) you’ll ever meet (if you ever meet them).  They are all from Russia so we consider ourselves a Russian-American family!  And if you still want to know more about me instead of my thoughts on nonprofit legal issues, you can check out my personal blog (which has long been neglected — who has time to blog anymore when there is twitter) at Weary of the Moon or by finding me on twitter.