Heidi K. Abegg
Senior Counsel

General Information

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.

Representative Experience

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.