Experience. Dedication. Results.

Churches, ministries and other charities face an increasingly complex legal environment.  Jonathan Whitehead understands the unique challenges of religious ministries, and the complexities of nonprofit charity law.
Whether you need assistance with:

  • Governance, polity, or fiduciary responsibilities
  • Policy/Compliance Audits, or
  • Litigation or dispute resolution

Mr. Whitehead can help your charitable group design a strategy that helps accomplish its mission.

Jonathan R. Whitehead

More than a decade of experience.

Jon received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004.

He is licensed in Missouri, the Federal Court in the Western District of Missouri, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Whitehead has represented, advised, and litigated on behalf of nonprofits, charities, and religious ministries for more than a decade.

Tax law, charity law, and Constitutional issues create a complex web of legal duties and principles.  And these important organizations are increasingly subject to scrutiny and litigation.  It is important to have an advocate that understands the charity’s goals and structures.

Mr. Whitehead represents charities, including religious organizations, in litigation. He also advises these groups about formation (including new ‘church plants‘ and ‘multi site’ congregations), church governing documents, 501(c)3 application, ministerial compensation and housing allowance, litigation avoidance, fiduciary duty, and other legal issues.

Example Cases*

Scales of Justice

Heartland v. Gashland
Missouri Court of Appeals

 Represented local congregation in denominational property dispute. Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed local congregation’s motion to dismiss.

Missouri Court of Appeal, Western District ; reported at 364 S.W.3d 575, 577 (Mo.App. W.D. 2012).

Scales of Justice

Zavala v. Castaneda
Jackson County Circuit Court

Lead trial counsel. Represented church directors unlawfully ousted from their positions, and obtained judgment against bylaws “advisor” who engaged in the unlawful, unauthorized practice of law. Clients and key witnesses were native Spanish speakers, and the matter was tried using interpreters. Judgment for Plaintiff directors.

Scales of Justice

Town of Greece, N.Y. v. Galloway
United States Supreme Court

 Brief Amicus Curiae for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Scales of Justice

Whistleblowing Litigation
United States District Court

Brought Federal False Claims Act / ‘qui tam’ suit on behalf of former executive director of nonprofit organization. Matter resolved prior to trial.

*Past results no guarantee of future performance. Each case is unique and must be judged on its own facts.


Jonathan R. Whitehead

Jonathan Whitehead is a Harvard-trained lawyer practicing in suburban Kansas City, Missouri.

For more than a decade, he has advised clients in all phases of litigation.

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Our Misison

Our mission at the Law Offices of Jonathan R. Whitehead LLC is to provide professional and cost-effective legal representation to our clients. We handle every case as if we were representing a close friend or family member. We strive for excellence in our service and a satisfactory resolution to our clients’ concerns.

We actively practice in the federal and state courts in Missouri, including Jackson County Circuit Court, Clay County Circuit Court, Cass County Circuit Court, Johnson County Circuit Court, the Missouri Court of Appeal (Western District), and the federal Court for the Western District of Missouri, and other courts in the Kansas City area.

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*Past results afford no guarantee of future results.  Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits