Sally Wagenmaker practices law at Wagenmaker & Oberly, a niche law firm in downtown Chicago. She provides legal counsel in corporate, tax, employment, and real estate matters for nonprofit, tax-exempt clients, including public charities, private foundations, and trade associations operating on local, national, and international levels. Her clients include churches and other religious organizations, social service providers, and schools.
Sally’s corporate and tax work includes development of new tax-exempt entities, resolving IRS disputes, counseling clients on the responsibilities of board members, providing guidance for effective nonprofit governance within the current legal climate, and other operational legal issues. In addition, she represents clients in property tax exemption matters for charitable, religious, and educational purposes, shared occupancy arrangements, and property transfers. Sally also regularly advises and counsels nonprofit clients on employment matters including contracts, termination, employment policies, tax, unemployment insurance, discrimination issues, and compliance with other employment laws, particularly as they relate to nonprofit issues such as volunteers and clergy. She teaches as well on various nonprofit law topics to nonprofit boards, at professional seminars, and at Chicago-area schools.
Both professionally and personally, Sally has worked with numerous Christian and community organizations including the Lawndale Christian Health Center, Chicago West Side Christian School, and the Cabrini-Green Legal Aid Clinic.Sally serves as the President of the Christian Legal Society’s Northern Illinois Chapter and as the Secretary of the national Christian Legal Society Board. She also serves as a volunteer mediator with the Center for Conflict Resolution, a state-funded Chicago organization that provides court-referred and other mediation services.
Sally is a graduate of Emory University Law School and the University of Mississippi. She greatly appreciates the strength and support of the community, particularly through her leadership and service in Christian Legal Society, opportunities to promote high quality education through faith-based and other innovative schools, and urban community development with her husband Dan and two teenage children.