Heidi K. Abegg
Ms. Abegg focuses her practice on the representation of non-profit organizations, including charities, social welfare organizations, professional societies, trade associations, 527 organizations, candidates and political action committees, and for-profit and non-profit organizations related to running and road racing.
Ms. Abegg advises clients on all areas of business, transactional and contract law, as well as federal, state and local campaign finance laws, lobbying registration and reporting requirements, government ethics requirements, as well as privacy issues, including financial and medical privacy laws, security breach laws, and employment and general corporate matters.
Ms. Abegg assists clients with obtaining federal, state and local tax-exempt status, group exemption rulings, and other tax matters, as well as litigation regarding tax-exempt status.
Ms. Abegg assists clients with responses to and appearances in connection with FBI, Federal Election Commission and state agency investigations. She assists clients with lobbying registration and reporting under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act, and with state and local authorities.
Ms. Abegg litigates campaign finance cases in state and federal courts, most notably:
- Gov. Gray Davis v. American Taxpayers Alliance, 102 Cal.App.4th 449 (Cal.App.Ct.2002)
- Griset v. Fair Political Practices Comm'n, 23P.3d 43 (Cal. 2001)
- Perry v. Bartlett, 231 F.3d 155 (4th Cir. 2000) (argued and on brief)
- Citizens for Responsible Gov't State PAC v. Davidson, 236 F.3d 1174 (10th Cir. 2000)
- Anderson v. Spear, 189 F.Supp.2s 644 (E.D. Ky. 2002)
Education & Honors
JD, Valparaiso University School of Law
BA, Valparaiso University, cum laude
Bar & Court Admissions
Admitted to bar, 1996, Indiana; 1997, Florida; 1999, District of Columbia; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court.
United States Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Tenth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits.
- Co-Author: The Developing Constitutional Standards for Coordinated Expenditures; Has the Federal Election Commission Finally Found a Way to Regulate Issue Advocacy?, Election Law Journal 209 , 2002.
- Co-Author: Free Speech and the Christian Coalition Case, Free Speech and Election Law News, Summer, 1999.
- Co-Author: Lobbying and Political Expenditures, Tax Management, Inc., 2002.
- Author: Presidential Election Year Activities, Doors & Hardware Magazine, Oct. 2008.
- Author: Obama Administration Brings Change to Employment/Labor Law, Doors & Hardware Magazine, July 2009.
- Author: Can Employers Check Social Networking Websites Prior to Hiring?, Doors & Hardware Magazine, Feb. 2008.
- Author: Drafting an Employee Handbook, Doors & Hardware Magazine, Dec. 2007.
- : Staying Out of Legal Trouble: Job Advertising, Applications and Interviews, Doors & Hardware Magazine, Feb. 2007.
- Author: Worker Centers: Charities or Labor Organizations Masquerading as Charities, and the Impact of an IRS Decision on the Question, Non-Profit Legal & Tax Letter, OMI, 2013.