Barnabas Foundation announces the addition of two new attorneys to the planning services team: Nathan Osborn, J.D., and Adam W. Lopez, J.D. In their new roles, Osborn and Lopez will augment the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to help generous Christians develop God-honoring estate plans that support the needs of their families, churches and favorite ministries.
Osborn has been named Barnabas Foundation’s managing director of planning services. As the newest member of Foundation’s management team, he will direct the work of the Foundation’s estate planning attorneys and will oversee all charitable planning services. Previously, Osborn was a partner at Nylen & Partners, LLC (Whitewater, Wis.), where his focus was on estate, tax and business law. He was also responsible for marketing and building community relationships on behalf of the firm.
“Nathan loves working with people and bringing out the best in them. This paired with his legal expertise, management experience and passion for our work made him the perfect candidate for this role,” says Jim Bakke, J.D., executive director of Barnabas Foundation. “I’m thrilled to have him as the managing director of our planning services team.”
Osborn is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. He holds a juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School, where he was a CALI Award Recipient for International Human Rights, president of the association of law students with children, and a member of the Marquette University Law School Pro Bono Society. He has provided volunteer legal support to a number of nonprofits, churches and community groups, and he spent two years working for the Bridge Community Project in Devon, England, where he organized and raised resources, awareness and funding for an underserved community.
Lopez has joined Barnabas Foundation as a director of planning services, and in this role will provide charitable planning support for individuals and families in the upper Midwest and Great Plains states. A Wisconsin native, he came to the Foundation from Johnson Law Group, P.A. (Madison, Wis.), where he was responsible for helping clients design tailored estate plans, including the creation of trusts, wills, powers of attorney and various other legal documents. His background in contested estate litigation gives him a unique perspective in helping clients thoroughly build their estate plan to avoid ending up in probate court.
“Adam comes to Barnabas Foundation with a deep desire to use his legal expertise to further God’s Kingdom,” says Bakke. “His expertise, personality and passion fit perfectly with this position. I look forward with great anticipation to seeing how God will use him in the next years to serve our member ministries and their supporters.”
Lopez holds a juris doctorate from Marquette University Law School, where he was president of the Christian Legal Society and a member of the Hispanic Law Students Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors for Exploit No More, an organization dedicated to ending child sex trafficking in the Greater Milwaukee Region. He has also spent the last six years volunteering for Wills for Heroes - Wisconsin, using his legal expertise to provide first responders with basic wills and powers of attorney.