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Jeffrey S. Piper

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Direct: 808.523.6789

Topa Financial Center 745 Fort Street, Suite 1500
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

JEFFREY S. PIPER concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate law and taxation, with an emphasis on the representation of tax-exempt organizations. Mr. Piper's practice includes various forms of transactional work, structuring for profit and nonprofit entities, advice on corporate law, tax issues and governance issues for corporations, limited liability companies, and various types of tax-exempt organizations.  His work includes:

  • Tax-Exempt Organizations: Serves as counsel for various tax-exempt organizations, including public charities, private foundations, trade associations and social welfare organizations. Work includes exempt organization tax and governance issues, contractual matters, major transactions such as mergers and legislative work. Assists tax-exempt organizations with various tax issues including organization and obtaining exempt status, maintaining exempt status, and compliance with the Intermediate Sanctions provisions, private foundation excise tax provisions, unrelated business income tax, general excise tax and charitable giving rules. Governance work includes advice in the implementation of the latest standards and best practices in nonprofit governance and advice regarding donor intent and endowment management.  Has obtained private rulings from the IRS and the State Department of Taxation on various matters, including private foundation excise tax and unrelated business income tax issues. 

  • Corporate and Business Law: Represents buyers and sellers in various business transactions including stock purchases, redemptions, mergers, asset sales and purchases. Representative transactions include acquisitions or changes in control of an airline, a real estate holding company, an apparel company, a sporting goods retailer, an industrial parts supplier, a savings bank, various  agricultural businesses, wholesalers, retailers and professional practices.

Mr. Piper was born in Honolulu, lived in California and attended school for a brief time in Italy. While in law school, Mr. Piper served as an extern for the Honorable Aulana C. Peters, a Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Piper has served as Editor for the Hawaii State Bar Association's publication "It's the Law What Nonprofit Organizations Need to Know."  Mr. Piper has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America under the categories of taxation and nonprofit organizations.  Mr. Piper's outside interests include surfing, hiking, coaching youth soccer and playing masters' soccer.  Mr. Piper is married and has three children.


J.D., University of California at Los Angeles, 1988
Order of the Coif

B.A., Stanford University, 1985
Graduated with Distinction and Departmental Honors
Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to Practice U.S. District Court of Hawaii
U.S. Tax Court
State Courts of Hawaii
Professional Activities

Hawaii State Bar Association
Tax and Business Law Sections

Philanthropic Advisors Network of the Council on Foundations

Adjunct Professor, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii

Member, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations

Community Activities
Trustee, Hanahau'oli School
Volunteer Youth Soccer Coach, AYSO and HYSA