Dennis Kasper


Dennis Kasper is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Corporate, Business Practices, and Tax Practices. Mr. Kasper has 40 years of experience representing charitable organizations and businesses.

He handles the following types of matters:

  • The formation of charitable organizations and other business structures
  • Tax issues related to the formation and operations of charitable organizations
  • Corporate maintenance of charitable organizations, including board governance
  • The organization and maintenance of churches and other religious charities
  • Assisting charities with the formation and operation of foreign affiliates and related international transactions
  • Representing religious charities in connection with US and state Constitutional issues including the First Amendment
  • All legal matters related to the operations of private schools
  • Real estate and other commercial transactions for charitable organizations
  • Representing churches in connection with RLUIPA matters
  • Advising on employment matters and representing clients in employment litigation
  • Representing clients in commercial disputes and litigation
  • Internal church disciplinary proceedings
  • Resolution of charitable organization membership disputes, including real estate ownership and control disputes
  • Advising and representing charitable clients in sexual misconduct claims


  • Limiting Exposure to Wrongful Termination Claims, LEGAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, Association of Christian Schools International, Spring 2002
  • Confronted with the Shameful, LEADERSHIP, Summer 2001
  • Fundraising Rules for Short Term Mission Trips, CHRISTIAN MANAGEMENT REPORT, July/August 2000 and LEGAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, Association of Christian Schools International, Winter 2000-2001
  • BALANCING PREVENTION & RISK: A LEGAL HANDBOOK FOR CLERGY, COUNSELORS, ADMINISTRATORS AND EDUCATORS, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, 1990, 1992, March 1994
  • Can Your School Discriminate on a Religious Basis in Employment Decisions?, LEGAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, Association of Christian Schools International, May, 1996
  • SHORT-TERM MISSIONS BOOM, A GUIDE TO INTERNATIONAL AND DOMESTIC INVOLVEMENT, Michael J. Anthony, Baker Book House Co., 1994, Legal and Liability Issues, Chapter 8
  • Limiting Exposure to Wrongful Termination, LEGAL LEGISLATIVE UPDATE, Association of Christian Schools International, April 1992
  • Christ as Controversy: ‘The Last Temptation’ Mocks Christians, LOS ANGELES DAILY JOURNAL, August 12, 1988
  • Legal Issues Raised by Church Counseling and Church Discipline, THEOLOGICAL NEWS AND NOTES, Fuller Theological Seminary, October, 1987

Faculty Positions

​Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, Adjunct Professor, Teaching: Legal Environment of Business, 1986-1991

Professional Presentations

  • Fuller Theological Seminary and CMDA, 2004 Healthcare Missions Conference, Presentation: “Short Term Missions”, August 2004
  • Church Communication Network (“CCN”) Presentation/Seminar: “Preventive Legal Maintenance”, 2001
  • Christian Management Association.  Christian Ministry Institute.  Two workshops: Deputized Fundraising and American’s with Disabilities Act, 1999
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, Department of Extended Education, Institute for Christian Organizational Development, Lowell W. Berry Institute for Continuing Education, principal lecturer for the program:  Clergy Liability Workshop (principal workshop topics include legal issues related to counseling, church discipline, and employee relations), 1986-1999
  • Simon Greenleaf University, Lecturer, Teaching: “Religion and the Law”, Fall 1993
  • Christian Ministries Management Association, Christian Ministry Institute, Sectional Conference, gave workshop on legal concerns re: employee relations, 1992
  • Pepperdine University, Ministry of Reconciliation Conference, 1991
  • Christian Ministries Management Association, Christian Ministry Institute, Labor workshop: Update on Employment and Termination Related Legal Problems, 1990
  • UCLA - Neuropsychiatric Institute, Workshop for post-doctoral interns: Legal Standards for Mental Capacity, 1986 - 1987
  • Biola University, Clergy Liability Workshop, 1988
  • Christian Ministries Management Association, Christian Ministry Institute,  Regional Conference, workshop on legal issues related to employee relations; legal issues related to clergy counseling, 1987
  • Christian Ministries Management Association, Christian Ministry Institute, L.A. Regional Chapter, workshop on The Christian Employer, 1986
  • UCLA - Neuropsychiatric Institute Workshop for post-doctoral interns:  Legal Standards for Mental Capacity, 1986


  • State Bar Admissions
    • California
    • Florida





  • American Bar Association
  • Christian Legal Society


California Western School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1974

U.S. International University, California Western Campus, San Diego

Bachelor of Arts, 1971

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