Fred L. Somers, Jr.

Fred L. Somers, Jr.: Attorney with Fred L. Somers, Jr., P.C.

Biography

Fred L. Somers, Jr. is a J.D. graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and College of Arts and Sciences (A.B. Philosophy). He is a graduate of the Provost Marshal General’s School (1st Lt. USAR) where he taught criminal justice law during his active military service. He is a member of the American, Georgia, Atlanta and Virginia Bar Associations and American Society of Association Executives. Mr. Somers is a past president and board counsel of the National Club Association and was a founding director of NCA Foundation. He presently is General Counsel to and Secretary of International Light Transportation Vehicle Association ("ILTVA") and is responsible for the maintenance of the ANSI accredited vehicle safety standards for which ILTVA is the accredited sponsor. Fred is a past General Counsel of the National Golf Foundation and past Chairman, Government Relations Committee, Georgia State Golf Association. He is counsel and consultant to the National Association of Trade Associations, LLC and to numerous private clubs. Mr. Somers concentrates in trade association matters and golf and recreational club organization, governance and corporate transactions. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Law and has an AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell rating.
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

California Club Association ("Instilling Order At Happy Knoll-A Primer Towards Responsible Governance")

Alabama, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Georgia Golf Association seminars

PGA of America Operations Conference Workshops, El Cajon, CA; Palm Beach Gardens, FL; Ponte Vedra, FL; Hilton Head, SC; Orlando, FL; and Nashville, TN

Club Management Association of America annual conventions and regional meetings

National Club Association leadership conferences, St. Croix, VI, Pinehurst, NC and Washington, DC

Institute for International Research, Real Estate Division, Golf Course Development & Investment, Oakbrook, IL ("Public vs. Private": "Membership Structuring - Legal and Tax Considerations")

Indian Wells, CA., ("Effectively Selecting an Operating Entity" and "Planning Equity Conversions for Profit")

American Bar Association, Section of Business Law, Orlando, FL.("Impact of the Revised Model Nonprofit Corporation Act on State Legislation")

American Bar Association, Atlanta, Ga. ("Separate But Equal Facilities in the Private Club Setting")

American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Charleston, S.C. ("Resort Real Estate and Clubs: Formation, Operation and Documentation")

Publications

"The Legal Reference Guide for Private Clubs" (National Club Association 2010) - contributing author

"Mandatory Club Memberships," CLUB DIRECTOR, December/January 2007

"Governance Issues for Private Social and Recreational Clubs," NONPROFIT GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT, American Bar Association Section of Business Law 2002

"Private Club Facility Access Issues," National Club Foundation 2001 (co-author)"How To Structure a Redeemable Equity Certificate Program," CLUB DIRECTOR, April 2000

"Grass vs. Members: Should Spikeless Shoes be Optional or Mandatory," CLUB DIRECTOR, December 1996

"Pivot or Perish," CLUB DIRECTOR, April 1996

"Golf Course Liability and Exposures: A Primer for Private Clubs," CLUB DIRECTOR, February 1995

"Open or Closed Door?" BUSINESS LAW TODAY, November/December 1994

"Lets Go Equity!" CLUB DIRECTOR, July 1992

"Changing Your Operating Entity," CLUB DIRECTOR, October 1992

"Golf Course Development," THE LAW-BUSINESS OF RESORT DEVELOPMENT (Clark Boardman Callahan 1991)

"After Portland, What Next?," 69 CLUB MANAGEMENT, October 1990

"How to Effectively Select a Club Operating Entity," CLUB DIRECTOR, September 1990

"Creative Funding for Capital Needs," CLUB DIRECTOR, November 1989

"Director Acquired Immunity," CLUB DIRECTOR, October 1989

"Protecting Against Public Accommodation Legislation," CLUB DIRECTOR, September 1989

"A Prolegomenon To A Right of Private Association," PERSPECTIVE, May 1988

"The Written Management Contract: Comfort For The Club And The Manager," PERSPECTIVE, April 1987

"More About Private Club Buyouts," 65 CLUB MANAGEMENT, November 1986

"Sources Of Revenue For Clubs," PERSPECTIVE, March 1984

"Model Bylaws For The Private Club,"(2008), "Model Club Rules," (revised 1998) and "Model Golf Rules - a Guide for Clubs" (1991), National Club Association Reference Series

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Private Club Law
  • Trade Association Law
  • Limited Liability Company Law
  • Golf Course Development
  • Country Club Law
  • Tax Exempt Organizations
  • Nonprofit Organizations Law
  • General Practice

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
770-394-7200  Phone
770 843 7200  Cell Phone
770-454-0138  Fax
www.somerslawfirm.org
University Attended:
University of Virginia, A.B., 1958
Law School Attended:
University of Virginia, LL.B., 1961
Year of First admission:
1961
Admission:
1961, Virginia; 1963, Missouri (inactive); 1967, Georgia
Military:
1st Lieutenant, U.S.Army Reserve 1961-1962
ISLN:
903553771
Payment Information:
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