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David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

David Middlebrook

David (Dave) Middlebrook is an attorney and the managing partner of Middlebrook Goodspeed, (“The Church Lawyers”), a firm focused on churches, ministries, and clergy. Middlebrook advises clients and colleagues on an array of church and ministry-related legal issues, including corporate governance, employment law, risk management, intellectual property, and compensation practices.

Middlebrook earned his law degree from Southern Methodist University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University. He holds certifications in Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas at Austin and Risk Management for Churches and Schools from Cambridge University.

Middlebrook is the author of Nonprofit Law for Religious Organizations: Essential Questions and Answers (John Wiley & Sons) and The Guardian System (Charisma House), which received a Christian Book Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He has contributed numerous articles for publication regarding church and clergy legal issues, and frequently speaks at conferences and seminars.

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3 Steps to Determine If Government Actions Affect Public Gatherings
ChurchLawAndTax.com

3 Steps to Determine If Government Actions Affect Public Gatherings

Churches need to closely watch how local and state officials respond to COVID-19.
Building with Confidence
Church Law & Tax Report

Building with Confidence Member access only

A legal and financial blueprint for church construction projects.
Do Hours Slept Equal Hours Worked?
Church Finance Today

Do Hours Slept Equal Hours Worked? Member access only

Should nonexempt youth workers be paid for time spent sleeping?
Payroll Audits: What Every Church Should Know
Church Law & Tax Report

Payroll Audits: What Every Church Should Know Member access only

Preparation can prevent an audit—or handle one if it arises.
Reviewing Your Church's Employment Policies and Practices
Church Law & Tax Report

Reviewing Your Church's Employment Policies and Practices Member access only

An annual human resources audit can reduce any church's legal liabilities. Here's how.
Hosting a Super Bowl Party? Remember These Tips.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Hosting a Super Bowl Party? Remember These Tips. Member access only

NFL rules require caution from churches regarding this event.
Sample Corporate Transition Checklist
Church Law & Tax Report

Sample Corporate Transition Checklist Member access only

This checklist outlines the details of a corporate merger.
When Two Churches Become One
Church Law & Tax Report

When Two Churches Become One Member access only

The legal ins and outs of church mergers, acquisitions, and donations/dissolutions.
ChurchLawAndTax.com

Q&A: Starting a Free Legal Clinic

What do our church and the attorneys need to know?