Title: Lawyer, Writer, Law Professor
Company: Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm LLC
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Bruce R. Hopkins, Lawyer at Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit law.
Mr. Hopkins dreamt of becoming a lawyer since his youth, and he continued to chase that dream until it was fulfilled. He first earned a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and was awarded both his Juris Doctor and a Master of Laws in taxation from the George Washington University School of Law in 1968. Later, he obtained a Doctor of Juridical Science from the University of Kansas School of Law in 2016. Mr. Hopkins is a former professor at George Washington University and the University of Missouri and currently teaches at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he has held a faculty position since 2008.
From 2016 to 2021, Mr. Hopkins served as the principal and owner of Bruce R. Hopkins Law Firm, where he primarily represented nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. His clients included charitable and educational organizations, associations, colleges, universities, hospitals, other health care providers, religious institutions, business and professional associations, and private foundations. Many nonprofit organizations retained Mr. Hopkins as general counsel and others retain his services as special counsel for tax and fundraising concerns. In addition to his work in private practice, Mr. Hopkins has acted as special counsel to the law firm of Hamilton Vopelak PC. Notably, he has been named to Best Lawyers in America for Nonprofit Organizations/Charities Law since 2007, attributing his success simply to his passion for law.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hopkins has written a library of more than 40 books, articles, court opinions, and other resources, and authored a monthly newsletter, “The Bruce R. Hopkins Nonprofit Counsel,” published by Wiley, where he provides up-to-date information on key topics in the field of nonprofit law. He also has written poetry based on his experiences in the legal field and has written a memoir sharing his experience of returning to law school to earn his SJD after the age of 70. To remain abreast of his industry, Mr. Hopkins maintained affiliation with the American Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. Mr. Hopkins passed away in October 2021.
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