David is the principal and manager of Bea & Vandenberk. David has over 20 years of experience forming and advising a wide array of nonprofits, including private foundations, public charities, social enterprises, and other tax-exempt organizations. He has successfully taken a wide variety of organizations through the start-up process and advised both large and small nonprofits on issues of board governance, joint ventures, tax planning and compliance, international operations, and operating foreign subsidiaries. David also regularly advises clients on general business law, commercial real estate transactions, and commercial and professional services contracts.
David’s practice also includes extensive experience in intellectual property matters and publishing, particularly in the creative sector. He regularly protects his client’s intellectual property interests in the United States and around the world. His intellectual property clients include publishers, authors, artists, and other creatives. David is unique in that his intellectually property practice allows him to advise his nonprofit clients on how to protect and effectively leverage their intellectual property.
David received his Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to that, he earned a master’s degree at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Prior to opening Bea & VandenBerk, David was an associate at Mosher & Associates, LLC where he specialized in nonprofits, commercial real estate, and intellectual property.
Speaking and Teaching Engagements
- The Various Legal Structures of Social Enterprises, special lecture for a class at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Fall semester, 2017)
- BootCamp for New Nonprofit CEOs: Current Legal Issues Affecting Nonprofits; sponsored by the Axelson Center for Nonprofit Management (August, 2017)
- Federal Tax Conference: Recent Developments in Tax Exempt Organization Law; sponsored by the Illinois Bar Association (February, 2016)
- State Regulation Affecting Nonprofit Charitable Organizations, Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (October, 2015)
- Federal Tax Conference: Recent Developments in Tax Exempt Organization Law; sponsored by the Illinois Bar Association (February, 2015)
- Organizing for Social Enterprise: Non-Profit vs. For-Profit, A Workshop Sponsored by The Law Office Bea & VandenBerk and GoodCity (December, 2014)
- Tax Treatment of Bitcoin, Internal Revenue Service TE/GE Advisory Council, Midwest Division (October, 2014)
- Organizing a Nonprofit, special lecture for a class on Museum Management for Adjunct Professor William Tyre, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Spring semester, 2013)
- Legal and Tax Issues in Publishing and Social Media, part of a seminar for nonprofits sponsored by the accounting firm of Capin Crouse, held at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois (November, 2012)
- Application of Intellectual Property Law to Organizing Charitable Foot Races, Race Director University, Glen Ellyn, Illinois (May, 2012)
- Application of Fund Raising Law to Organizing Charitable Foot Races, Race Director University, Glen Ellyn, Illinois (May, 2012)
- Legal Issues in Social Media and E-Publishing, Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (February 2012)
- Joys, Responsibilities, and Perils of Lawyers Serving on Nonprofit Boards, seminar presented to the Young Professionals Board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago (January, 2012)
- Organizing a Nonprofit, special lecture for a class on Entrepreneurship for Adjunct Professor David Sveen, Wheaton College (Spring semester, 2012)
- Legal Issues in Marketing, Illinois Association of Park Districts (January, 2012)
- State Regulation Affecting Nonprofit Charitable Organizations, Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee of the Chicago Bar Association (January, 2011)
- Intersections between Intellectual Property Law and Exempt Organizations, Chicago Bar Association (January, 2006)
- State Regulation Affecting Nonprofit Charitable Organizations, Chicago Bar Association (September, 2002)
- “Courts Illuminate the Criteria for Tax Exemption,” Taxation of Exempts, September/October 2011), by Bea, David L. and Mays, Daniel J.
- General editor of the educational articles appearing on law firm website beavandenberk.com
Nonprofit Board Service
- Audit Committee Member, Crossway (nonprofit religious publisher), Wheaton, Illinois (2008-present)
- Board Member, Glessner House Museum, Chicago (2003-present; as Vice President 2014-2016)
- Board Member and Personnel Committee Member, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago, (1997-2017; and as Board Chair 1998-2000)
- Board Member, College Church in Wheaton, Wheaton, Illinois (2002-2004)
- Member, Illinois State Bar Association
- Member, Chicago Bar Association
- Chair, Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee, Chicago Bar Association (2011-2012)
- Vice Chair, Exempt Organizations Division of the Federal Tax Committee, Chicago Bar Association (2010-2011)