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Edward B. Spinella Murtha Cullina LLP Partner

Partner

Hartford
Email: espinella@murthalaw.com
Phone: 860-240-6059
Fax: 860-240-6150

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Bar & Court Admissions

  • Connecticut

Education

  • University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2008)
  • College of the Holy Cross (B.A., summa cum laude, 2005)

Edward B. Spinella


Edward B. Spinella is a member of the Firm’s Business and Finance Department and the Chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. He is also a member of the Privately Owned Business, Education and Health Care Practice Groups.

Ed serves as general counsel to a diverse array of tax-exempt organizations including start-up public charities, social service providers, other healthcare organizations, private foundations, social clubs and trade associations. Recently, he has counseled clients in connection with cutting-edge projects such as the creation of integrated affiliated systems containing tax-exempt and for-profit organizations as well as the conversions of tax-exempt entities into for-profit entities and vice versa. Ed regularly advises his clients regarding mergers, including mergers of religious institutions such as synagogues and churches, affiliations, joint ventures and other collaborations. He has familiarized himself with the tax-exempt sector generally by speaking to executives, volunteer fiduciaries and advisors.

In addition to his tax-exempt organizations practice, Ed regularly provides general counsel services to various for-profit entities with an emphasis on closely-held businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups.

Ed was an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s LLC Act subcommittee in connection with its overhaul of the LLC Act and will be actively involved with the Bar Association’s anticipated overhaul of the CT Revised Nonstock Corporation Act. He received his B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut Law School.

Representative Matters:

  • Representation of Qualidigm in connection with a two-step collaboration with Maine Quality Counts beginning with a corporate affiliation and ending with a statutory merger.
  • Representation of District Innovation and Venture Center, Inc. in connection with its contractual collaboration with Holberton School.
  • Representation of Arc New London County in connection with its merger with Arc Quinebaug Valley.
  • Representation of three separate religious institutions in connection with statutory mergers. 
  • Representation of private foundations regarding formation, governance, ongoing IRS compliance, and IRS approval of various grantmaking policies including equivalency determinations relating to international activities.
  • Representation of public charities regarding expenditure responsibility grant arrangements with for-profit socially conscious organizations.
    • American Bar Association
    • Connecticut Bar Association

    2019 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal

    • HARC, Inc., Board of Directors
    • Connecticut Explored, Inc., Board of Directors
    • Northwest Catholic High School, Former Member of Board of Directors

     

    Overview

    Edward B. Spinella is a member of the Firm’s Business and Finance Department and the Chair of the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group. He is also a member of the Privately Owned Business, Education and Health Care Practice Groups.

    Ed serves as general counsel to a diverse array of tax-exempt organizations including start-up public charities, social service providers, other healthcare organizations, private foundations, social clubs and trade associations. Recently, he has counseled clients in connection with cutting-edge projects such as the creation of integrated affiliated systems containing tax-exempt and for-profit organizations as well as the conversions of tax-exempt entities into for-profit entities and vice versa. Ed regularly advises his clients regarding mergers, including mergers of religious institutions such as synagogues and churches, affiliations, joint ventures and other collaborations. He has familiarized himself with the tax-exempt sector generally by speaking to executives, volunteer fiduciaries and advisors.

    In addition to his tax-exempt organizations practice, Ed regularly provides general counsel services to various for-profit entities with an emphasis on closely-held businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups.

    Ed was an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s LLC Act subcommittee in connection with its overhaul of the LLC Act and will be actively involved with the Bar Association’s anticipated overhaul of the CT Revised Nonstock Corporation Act. He received his B.A. from the College of Holy Cross and his J.D. from the University of Connecticut Law School.

    Representative Matters:

    • Representation of Qualidigm in connection with a two-step collaboration with Maine Quality Counts beginning with a corporate affiliation and ending with a statutory merger.
    • Representation of District Innovation and Venture Center, Inc. in connection with its contractual collaboration with Holberton School.
    • Representation of Arc New London County in connection with its merger with Arc Quinebaug Valley.
    • Representation of three separate religious institutions in connection with statutory mergers. 
    • Representation of private foundations regarding formation, governance, ongoing IRS compliance, and IRS approval of various grantmaking policies including equivalency determinations relating to international activities.
    • Representation of public charities regarding expenditure responsibility grant arrangements with for-profit socially conscious organizations.
      Memberships
      • American Bar Association
      • Connecticut Bar Association
      Recognition

      2019 40 Under Forty, Hartford Business Journal

      Community Involvement
      • HARC, Inc., Board of Directors
      • Connecticut Explored, Inc., Board of Directors
      • Northwest Catholic High School, Former Member of Board of Directors

       

      Education
      • University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., with honors, 2008)
      • College of the Holy Cross (B.A., summa cum laude, 2005)
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