Who We Are

Stacy L. Bauer Nancy Hancock Griffith

Stacy Bauer serves as outsourced corporate counsel for diverse clients, partnering with executive management to design, plan and implement stated and defined business objectives within legal parameters.  She has served as a senior legal resource involving complex strategic transactions, including strategic planning and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, corporate finance, regulatory compliance matters, human resources, contract drafting/negotiating, litigation, and management support of diverse operations, since 2000. Stacy is a founding member of BauerGriffith, a business law firm providing high quality legal and business counsel to a wide array of clients, with an emphasis on non-profit organizations, small business and individual planning clients.

Previously Stacy was Vice President and General Counsel of VESTAX Securities Corporation, an ING company, providing legal and regulatory consultation to its broker/dealer subsidiaries. Earlier she was Vice President of KeyCorp, responsible for its investment management and commercial lending activities.  Stacy graduated cum laude from The George Washington University National Law Center, and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Miami University. Stacy serves on the COSE Board of Advisors and is the immediate past chairman of the COSE Ambassador program.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Envalo, Inc., and previously served on the Board of Directors of Dare2Care, Inc., and the advisory boards of the Douglass MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy, New Tech Facing History High School and the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins.


Nancy Hancock Griffith has served as an attorney and consultant in the field of exempt organization representation, and philanthropic and gift planning, since 2005, providing strategic planning, compliance and technical counsel, program implementation, and guidance on a wide range of business, governance, and planning issues to nonprofits, individuals, and professionals. Previously, she was the Director of Institutional Advancement for The Cleveland Music Settlement, integrating all fundraising, marketing and public relations activities for its Performing Arts, Early Childhood and Music Therapy Divisions, and the Director of Major and Planned Gifts and Director of Endowment and Planned Giving for The Cleveland Orchestra, significantly expanding its sophisticated planned gift program and developing its strategy to integrate major gift solicitations across the Development Department. Prior to her work in planned giving and development, Nancy practiced corporate and securities law in Cleveland, first with the law firm of Thompson Hine, and then as Vice President in the corporate law department of KeyCorp. Nancy graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, graduating summa cum laude, from Concordia University in Ann Arbor. Nancy currently serves on the boards of directors of Cleveland Play House and the Hermit Club. She is a past president and current member of the Northern Ohio Planned Giving Council, a member of the Estate Planning Council of Cleveland and a partner with SVP Cleveland. She also serves as the Music Director for the Cleveland Classic Jazz Party, a traditional jazz event presented annually in Cleveland. In addition to her professional activities, Nancy is an amateur competitive ballroom dancer, competing in Pro-Am rhythm and smooth division competitions throughout the United States and Canada.