Michael P. Mosher received his BA degree from Michigan State University in May 1971 and Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University College of Law in January 1976. Upon his admission to the Illinois Bar he worked as in-house legal counsel for The Salvation Army's Central Territorial Headquarters in Chicago, where he learned the inner workings of large scale charitable and religious organizations. In 1979, Mr. Mosher left the Army to help found the Austin Christian Law Center as a resource for low-income individuals and the charitable organizations on Chicago's westside neighborhoods. As its founder and executive director, he worked with attorneys throughout the city to develop effective pro bono legal programs for the poor.
In 1985, Mr. Mosher established the firm of Mosher & Associates with a goal of serving the legal needs of charitable, religious and educational organizations throughout the Chicago area and around the country. Since then, his practice has concentrated on legal and tax issues affecting all types of tax-exempt organizations, including a wide range of corporate, employment and multi-state regulatory laws.
In 2000, Mr. Mosher authored the lead chapter, Illinois Not-for-Profit Corporations, for the revised Not-for-Profit Corporations Handbook published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has also prepared the 2004 and 2010 updates to the IICLE Handbook. Mr. Mosher is currently a member of the IRS TE/GE Advisory Council for the Great Lakes Region; the Illinois Attorney General's Charitable Advisory Council; and is co-founder and member of the Tax-Exempt Organization Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He has served as a member on the boards of directors for several significant charitable organizations, and he frequently speaks for numerous nonprofit organizations providing technical assistance throughout the state and country. Mr. Mosher currently serves as a part-time faculty member for the DePaul University-Master of Public Services Program, Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies, and John Marshall Law School, teaching classes in the law of tax-exempt organizations.