Robert W. Saunders - Brooks, Pierce, McLendon, Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Robert W. Saunders

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 336-271-2561

Bob Saunders has a general corporate and tax practice, with a particular focus on tax-exempt organizations, tax-exempt financing and state and local tax planning. His representation of exempt organizations (including charities, trade associations, social welfare organizations and social clubs) range from formation and operation to merger or dissolution. He serves as general counsel for exempt organizations and has advised them on tax and governance issues including intermediate sanctions, unrelated business income, and the use of for-profit subsidiaries and single member limited liability companies. Bob also represents exempt organizations in federal and state tax audits.

With respect to tax exempt financing, Bob has served as bond counsel to numerous financings by the North Carolina Agricultural Finance Authority, as well as underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel, borrower's counsel and special tax counsel for other clients in bond financings. He represents closely held businesses (including medical and other professional practices), serving as their general counsel and providing advice to business owners regarding estate planning, business succession and state and local tax compliance, such as the sales and use tax. He frequently speaks on these issues, including annual participation in the Practice Management Conference for the North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians.

Presentations & Publications

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as one of The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White) in Litigation and Controversy--Tax, Non-Profit/Charities Law and Tax Law (2007-2016); recognized as "Lawyer of the Year" in Greensboro for Non-Profit/Charities Law (2014) and Litigation and Controversy--Tax (2013, 2015)

Past Experience

  • Served as staff attorney to the Associate Chief Counsel (Litigation) of the Internal Revenue Service

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Chair, Past Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce 
  • Adjunct Lecturer of Nonprofit Law, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Chair, Nonprofit Organizations Committee, Business Law Section, North Carolina Bar Association, 2011--
  • Member, Carrboro Economic Sustainability Commission, 2010--
  • Member, Carrboro Arts Committee, 2009-2010
  • Leadership North Carolina Class XVI, 2008-2009
  • United Arts Council Representative - The Sternberger Commission, 2003--
  • Board Secretary, Greensboro Public Library Foundation, 2002--
  • Member, North Carolina Rules Review Commission, 2001--
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, 1997
  • RTP Rotary Club, 1996-1999
  • North Carolina Bar Association Commission on the Status of Women in the Legal Profession, 1990-92
  • Board of Directors, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1989-92
  • Board of Trustees, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1980-81


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

University of North Carolina, Chapel HillBA 1982University of VirginiaJ.D. 1987
Leadership North CarolinaChapel-Hill Carrboro Chamber of CommerceUniversity of North Carolina at GreensboroCarrboro Economic Sustainability CommissionGreensboro Public Library Foundation

Office Location

Renaissance Plaza, Suite 2000
230 North Elm Street
P.O. Box 26000
Greensboro, NC 27420
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Controversy - Tax of the Greensboro Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation and Controversy - Tax of the Greensboro Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Non-Profit / Charities Law of the Greensboro Metro Area
Robert W. Saunders has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Robert W. Saunders has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Robert W. Saunders has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Non-Profit / Charities Law
Tax Law

Other Information

Gender: Male