Government Experience

  • Legislative Assistant, United States House of Representatives

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia


  • J.D., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 1996
  • B.A., Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, 1990


  • American Society of Association Executives
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Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum


Jeffrey Tenenbaum chairs Venable's Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group. He is one of the nation's leading nonprofit attorneys, and also is a highly accomplished author, lecturer, commentator, and thought leader on nonprofit legal matters. Based in the firm's Washington, DC office, Mr. Tenenbaum counsels his clients on the broad array of legal issues affecting charities, foundations, trade and professional associations, think tanks, advocacy groups, and other nonprofit organizations, and regularly represents clients before Congress, federal and state regulatory agencies, and in connection with governmental investigations, enforcement actions, litigation, and in dealing with the media. He also has served as an expert witness in several court cases on nonprofit legal issues, and as a member of Venable's Board of Directors.

Mr. Tenenbaum was the 2006 recipient of the American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award, and was an inaugural (2004) recipient of the Washington Business Journal's Top Washington Lawyers Award. He was only a handful of "Leading Lawyers" in the Not-for-Profit category in the prestigious Legal 500 rankings for the last six years (2012-17), while Venable’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice is consistently ranked in the top tier of Legal 500’s nonprofit category. Mr. Tenenbaum was recognized in 2013 as a Top Rated Lawyer in Tax Law by The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel. He was the 2015 recipient of the New York Society of Association Executives' Outstanding Associate Member Award, the 2004 recipient of The Center for Association Leadership's Chairman's Award, and the 1997 recipient of the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives' Chairman's Award. Mr. Tenenbaum was listed in the 2012-18 editions of The Best Lawyers in America for Non-Profit/Charities Law, and was selected for inclusion in the 2014-17 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers in the Nonprofit Organizations category. In 2011, he was named as one of Washington, DC's "Legal Elite" by SmartCEO Magazine. He was a 2008-09 Fellow of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia and is AV Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Tenenbaum started his career in the nonprofit community by serving as Legal Section manager at the American Society of Association Executives, following several years working on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant.


Mr. Tenenbaum is an active participant in the nonprofit community who currently serves on the Editorial Board of The NonProfit Times, on the Advisory Panel of Wiley/Jossey-Bass' Nonprofit Business Advisor newsletter, and on the American Society of Association Executives' Public Policy Committee, and, from its inception, on the Selection Panel for CEO Update's Association Leadership Awards. He previously served as Chairman and as a member of the ASAE Association Law & Policy Editorial Advisory Board and has served on the ASAE Legal Section Council, the ASAE Association Management Company Accreditation Commission, the GWSAE Foundation Board of Trustees, the GWSAE Government and Public Affairs Advisory Council, the Federal City Club Foundation Board of Directors, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Aspen's Nonprofit Tax & Financial Strategies newsletter.

Representative Clients

Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Air Force Association
Airlines for America
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Alliance of Museums
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Bar Association
American Cancer Society
American College of Cardiology
American College of Radiology
American Council of Education
American Institute of Architects
American Nurses Association
American Red Cross
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Association Executives
American Thyroid Association
America's Health Insurance Plans
Anti-Defamation League
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Association for Talent Development
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Association of Corporate Counsel
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Global Automakers
Auto Care Association
Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Brookings Institution
Carbon War Room
Career Education Colleges and Universities
Catholic Relief Services
CFA Institute
The College Board
Council on Foundations
CropLife America
Cruise Lines International Association
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Democratic Attorneys General Association
Dempsey Centers for Quality Cancer Care
Design-Build Institute of America
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Entertainment Software Association
Environmental Working Group
Erin Brockovich Foundation
Ethics Resource Center
Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Gerontological Society of America
Global Impact
Goodwill Industries International
Graduate Management Admission Council
Homeownership Preservation Foundation
Human Rights Campaign
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America
Institute of Management Accountants
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Rescue Committee
International Sleep Products Association
Investment Company Institute
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Laughing Man Foundation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Lions Club International
March of Dimes
ment’or BKB Foundation
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Music Merchants
National Athletic Trainers' Association
National Board of Medical Examiners
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Coffee Association
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
National Council of La Raza
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Propane Gas Association
National Quality Forum
National Retail Federation
National Student Clearinghouse
The Nature Conservancy
NeighborWorks America
New Venture Fund
North Pacific Research Board
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
Nuclear Energy Institute
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Project Management Institute
Public Health Accreditation Board
Public Relations Society of America
Romance Writers of America
Telecommunications Industry Association
The Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Volunteers of America
Water Environment Federation
Water For People
Whitman-Walker Health