Senior Editorial Advisor

Lisa A. Runquist

Lisa A. Runquist

Lisa A. Runquist

Lisa A. Runquist has more than 40 years of experience as a transactional lawyer, both with nonprofit organizations and business organizations. She has working knowledge of corporate law, securities law, franchise law, intellectual property law, employment law, tax law, and constitutional law (First Amendment).

Lisa graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1976. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1977 and the California Bar in 1978. Her firm, Runquist & Associates, is based in Northridge, California.

Lisa’s work has included forming, maintaining, merging, and dissolving organizations; writing contracts; negotiating; dealing with regulatory agencies; drafting securities offerings; advising clients; analyzing problems; and constructing solutions.

Lisa has served in numerous capacities for a variety of organizations, including adjunct professor at both Trinity Law School and Shiloh University; various committees with the California Bar; several councils and committees of the American Bar Association; and numerous director and board roles with several professional and educational organizations, such as the advisory board of The Exempt Organization Tax Review and the publications board of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section.

Throughout her career, Lisa has received numerous awards and honors and was the first person to receive both the "Outstanding Lawyer Award" and the "Vanguard Award" for lifetime achievement presented by the ABA's Business Law Section. In 2011, Runquist was appointed by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) to serve on the legal experts panel for the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations, which was formed at the request of Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). She has been rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell for more than 25 years, and she was selected in 2013 as a "Super Lawyer" for Southern California.

Lisa became an Editorial Advisor for Church Law & Tax in 2014, and a Senior Editorial Advisor in 2020.

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Immigration & the Church

Immigration & the Church Member access only

Keep your church safe and legal and as you strive to serve the immigrant communities in your context.
Best Practices for Technology Usage

Best Practices for Technology Usage Member access only

Establish policies and best practices to govern the use of technology for church staff.