More than 40 attorneys focused on nonprofit issues, including former government counsel with the

    IRS Chief Counsel's Office

    Joint Committee on Taxation

    Senate Finance Committee

    U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division

Author of the Association Tax Compliance Guide, published by the American Society of Association Executives

Former legal counsel at the American Society of Association Executives


Ranked in the top tier of the nation's law firms in Legal 500, 2012-17, Not-for-Profit 

Attorney recognized as a "Leading Lawyer" in Legal 500, Not-for-Profit, 2012-17

Regionally ranked as a Tier 1 firm in Nonprofit/Charities Law by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms," 2011-17

The American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year, 2006

The American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Young Lawyer of the Year, 2014

Attorneys recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2012-18

Attorney named "Lawyer of the Year" for Baltimore Non-Profit/Charities Law in Best Lawyers, 2014

Attorney named as one of Washington, DC's "Legal Elite" by SmartCEO Magazine in 2011

Attorney is the recipient of the 2015 New York Society of Association Executives' Outstanding Associate Member Award

Attorney selected for inclusion in the 2014-17 editions of Washington DC Super Lawyers in the Nonprofit Organizations category



Charities and foundations

Trade associations

Professional societies

Advocacy groups


Schools, colleges and universities



Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center
Abidi Foundation
Abilities Network
Abyssinian Development Corporation
ACA International
Academic Health Centers' Clinical Research Forum
Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy
Academy of Radiology Research
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
AccessLex Institute
Acute Long Term Hospital Association
Adhesives and Sealants Council
Advertising Mail Marketing Association
Advertising Specialty Institute
Affordable Mail Alliance
African American Leaders and Partners Corporation
AGA Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition
Agricultural Retailers Association
Air Conditioning Contractors of America
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute
Air Force Association
Air Transport Association of America
Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association
Airlines for America
Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers
Alaska Federation of Natives
Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
All Hazards Consortium
Alliance for Community Media
Alliance for Employee Benefit Companies
Alliance for Online Advertising
Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
Alliance of Women in Media Foundation
Alliance to Prevent Fraudulent Attacks on Patents
Amazon Conservation Team
America Press
America’s Essential Hospitals
America’s Health Insurance Plans
American Academy of Actuaries
American Academy of Audiology
American Academy of Craniofacial Pain
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Neurology
American Academy of Optometry
American Academy of Periodontology
American Academy of Physician Assistants
American Alliance of Museums
American Animal Hospital Association
American Association for Homecare
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association for Medical Transcription
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of Advertising Agencies
American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants
American Association of Colleges for Teachers of Education
American Association of Credit Union Leagues
American Association of Health Plans
American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Association of Orthopaedic Executives
American Association of Port Authorities
American Association of Retired Persons
American Bankers Association
American Bar Association
American Benefits Council
American Beverage Licensees
American Boat and Yacht Council
American Brachytherapy Society
American Bureau of Shipping
American Cancer Society
American Catholics for Religious Freedom
American Chamber of Commerce Executives
American Chemistry Council
American Chestnut Land Trust
American Civil Liberties Union
American Cleaning Institute
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
American Coatings Association
American College for Advancement in Medice
American College of Cardiology
American College of Emergency Physicians
American College of Health Care Administrators
American College of Radiology
American College of Real Estate Lawyers
American Conference for the Treatment of HIV
American Council of Education
American Council of Engineering Companies
American Council of Life Insurers
American Dental Association
American Dental Education Association
American Dietetic Association
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
American Floral Endowment
American Forest and Paper Association
American Forests
American Fraternal Alliance
American Friends of Bucerius Law School
American Friends of Yahad in Unum
American Geophysical Union
American Health Care Association
American Health Information Community Successor
American Hospital Association
American Hotel and Lodging Association
American Immigration Lawyers Association
American Institute of Architects
American Institutes of Research
American Insurance Association
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Land Title Association
American Logistics Association
American Lumber Standards Committee
American Management Association
American Management Association International
American Medical Association
American Mensa
American Moving and Storage Association
American Museum of Natural History
American Nurses Association
American Occupational Therapy Association
American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association
American Psychiatric Nurses Association
American Public Gas Association
American Red Cross
American Resort Development Association
American Securitization Forum
American Silencer Association
American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology
American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
American Society for Quality
American Society for Radiation Oncology
American Society for Training and Development
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Society of Association Executives
American Society of Botanical Artists
American Society of Breast Surgeons
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists
American Society of Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists
American Society on Aging
American Sportfishing Association
American Staffing Association
American String Teachers Association
American Subcontractors Association
American Thyroid Association
American Traffic Safety Services Association
American Trucking Associations
American Urogynecologic Society
American Water Resources Association
American Wood Protection Association
Americans United for Safe Streets
Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis
Anna Emory Warfield Foundation
Anne Arundel Medical Center
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
Anteon Foundation
Anti-Defamation League
Aplastic Anemia Foundation of America
The Aquaculture Coalition
Arbutus Volunteer Fire Company
Archdiocese of New York
Archer Stables Equestrian Club
Architectural Woodwork Institute
Armed Forces Marketing Council
The Art Students League of New York
Asia Society
Asian Relief
Asphalt Green
Asphalt Institute
Associated Black Charities
Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc.
Associated Community Services
Associated General Contractors of America
Association for Community Affiliated Plans
Association for Corporate Growth
Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Association for Educational Publishers
Association for Energy Affordability
Association for Financial Professionals
Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity
Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
Association for International Practical Training
Association for Management and Operations of Transportation Infrastructure Assets
Association for Postal Commerce
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International
Association for Women in Science
Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists
Association of Change Management Professionals
Association of Clinical Research Professionals
Association of College Unions International
Association of Corporate Counsel
Association of Financial Professionals
Association of Food and Dairy Retailers, Wholesalers and Manufacturers
Association of Food Industries
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Global Automakers
Association of Governmental Risk Pools
Association of Osteopathic State Executive Directors
Association of Pathology Chairs
Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Association of Real Estate License Law Officials
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals
Association of Small Business Development Centers
Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Association of University Research Parks
Association of Vascular and Interventional Radiographers
Astor Foundation
Atlantic & Pacific Exchange
Auditory-Verbal International
Authors Coalition of America
Auto Care Association
Automation Forum
Automotive Warranty and Service Contract Association
Avenue Community Development Corporation
Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore County Volunteer Fire Departments
Baltimore Ravens Foundation for Families
Baltimore Reads
Baltimore Rh Typing Lab
Baltimore School for the Arts
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
Bearman Foundation
Ben-Dov Foundation
Besche Foundation
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Better Business Bureau Institute for Marketplace Trust
Bible League International
Bicycle Council
Bicycle Products Suppliers Association
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Biotechnology Innovation Organization
Bladensburg Volunteer Fire Department
Bloomberg Foundation
Boat America
Boat Owners Association of the United States
Boring Volunteer Fire Company
Bowling Proprietors Association of America
Brazelton Foundation
Broad Stripes, Bright Stars
Brookings Institution
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Brooklyn Public Library
Bryn Mawr School
Buckley County Day School
The Buckley School
Builders of Hope
Building Industry Association of Southern California
California Dental Association
California Hospital Association
California Technology Council
Calvary Academy
Campbell Foundation
Cancer Research Foundation of America
Canzion Institute of Music
Carbon War Room
Cardiology Advocacy Alliance
Career Education Colleges and Universities
Carnegie Hall
The Carolinas Club Foundation
Casey Trees Endowment Fund
Catholic Relief Services
Cats Care Foundation
Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association
Center for American Nurses
Center for Aquatic Life & Conservation
Center for Clean Air Policy
Center for Copyright Information
Center for Public Integrity
CFA Institute
CFA Society of Washington, DC
CFED: Corporation for Enterprise Development
Chamber of Shipping of America
Change the Equation
Changing the Face of Beauty
Charitable Gaming Association
Charitable Marine Society of Baltimore
Chesapeake Health Plan Foundation
Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company
Chicago Area Bicycle Dealers Association
Child Care Aware of America
Child Welfare League of America
Children's Guild
Chiropractic Education Organization
Chronic Disease Fund
CIMMYT: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Citizens Against Open Bay Dumping
Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center
Citizens Climate Lobby
City of Rockville
The Civic Way
Classroom Publications Association
Cleaner Safer Trucking
Coalition for Dietary Supplements
Coalition for Employment Through Exports
Coalition for Imaging and Bioengineering Research
Coalition for Patent and Trademark Information Dissemination
The College Board
College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
The Collings Foundation
Colonial Dames of America
Combined Health Agencies of Maryland
Commercial Real Estate Finance Council
Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management
Community Health Charities of America
Competitive Carriers Association
Competitive Telecommunications Association
Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association
Composite Panel Association
Computer & Communication Industry Association
Conference of State Bank Supervisors
Congressional Country Club
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Consortium for School Networking
Construction Financial Management Association
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research
Consumer Data Industry Association
Consumer Data Trade Association
Convoy of Hope
Cool Roof Rating Council
Coppin University Foundation
Corporate Crisis Response Officers Association
Council for Biotechnology Information
Council for Resource Development
Council of State Community Development Agencies
Council of the Great City Schools
Council on CyberSecurity
Council on Foundations
Council on Social Work Education
Cranial Academy
Creative Coalition
CropLife America
Crossroads Christian Communications
Cruise Lines International Association
Crystal Stairs
CureSearch for Children's Cancer
Custom Builders of Northern Virginia
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dallas Safari Club
Dance Theater Workshop
Danspace Project
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
DC Automotive Careers Foundation
Defense Credit Union Council
Delphi Schools, Inc.
Democratic Attorneys General Association
Dempsey Centers for Quality Cancer Care
Design-Build Institute of America
Dietary Supplement Manufacturing and Marketers Association
Digital Diversity Initiative Trade Association
Diocese of Brooklyn
Direct Marketing Association
Disability Management Employer Coalition
Disabled Sports USA
Distributed Power Coalition of America
Doctor's Hospital
Dredging Contractors of America
Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association
Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association
Eastern Equipment Dealers Association
Edible Schoolyard
Edison Electric Institute
Education Finance Council
Education Research Foundation
Eierman Foundation
Electrical Safety Foundation International
Electronic Retailing Association
Electronic Security Association
Emissions Control Technology Association
Employees Council on Flexible Compensation
Endocrine Society
Energy Institute
Engineering and Construction Risk Institute
Engineering Society of Baltimore
Enterprise Foundation
Entertainment Industry Foundation
Entertainment Software Association
Environmental Working Group
Episcopal Diocese
EPS Molders Association
Erin Brockovich Foundation
Estuarine Research Federation
Ethics Resource Center
Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Executive Leadership Council
The Eye Foundation of America
Fabretto Children's Foundation
The Farm Credit Council
FDP Foundation
Federation of Employers and Workers of America
Feed the Children
FHI 360
Fibrolamellar Registry
Fight for Children
Financial Executives International
Financial Services Institute
Financial Services Roundtable
The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States
The Flea Theater
Flexible Vinyl Alliance
Florida Association of Homes and Services for the Aging
Foam Sheathing Coalition
Forensic Expert Witness Association
Forum 400
Foundation for Advanced Cancer Studies
Foundation for Environmental Security & Sustainability
Foundation for The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
The Foundation for Vaccine Research
Four Freedoms Park Conservancy
Francis Scott Key Medical Center
Frederick Memorial Hospital
Freedom House
Friction Materials Standards Institute
Friends of the National Zoo
The Friends of the University of Nottingham America Inc.
Frost & Sullivan Institute
Fuel Cell Seminar
Gallaudet University
GAMA Foundation for Education and Research
Garrett Community College
Gay Su Pinnell Foundation
Geisinger Health System
Generations for Peace
GeneSegues Therapeutics
George W. Yu Foundation
George Washington University
Georgetown Kiwanis Foundation
Gerontological Society of America
Gilman School
Global Works Foundation
Glyndon Volunteer Fire Company
Golf Range Association of America
Goodwill Industries International
Graduate Management Admission Council
Grameen America Association
Greater Baltimore Medical Center
Greater Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Green Apron NGO
Green Coffee Association
Grid Protection Alliance
Group of Fifty Foundation
Growing in Voices
Hackerman Foundation
Hardwood Plywood and Veneer Association
HealthCare Chaplaincy
Healthy Neighborhoods
Hearing Loss Association of America
Heart Rhythm Society
Hearth Patio and Barbeque Association
Hebrew Union College
Helene Christine Johnson Foundation
Hemming Family Foundation
The Holland America Line Foundation
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Home Builders Association of Connecticut
Homeownership Preservation Foundation
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
Housing & Services, Inc.
Howard Community College Foundation
Howard County Hospital
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Hugh Jackman Foundation
Human Resources Certification Institute
Human Resources Development Institute
Humentum (Formerly InsideNGO)
Hungarian Human Rights Foundation
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
ICTF – The Association of International Credit & Trade Finance Professionals
I'll Be Me Alzheimer's Foundation
Illinois Association of School Business Officials
Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors
Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America
Independent Manufacturers and Distributors Association
Independent Telephone and Telecommunications Alliance
Independent Women’s Forum
Independent Women’s Voice
Industrial Council for Emergency Response Technologies
Industrial Minerals Association of North America
Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Information Systems Audit and Control Association
Information Technology Industry Council
Initiative to Improve Palliative Care in African-Americans
Institute for Financial Literacy
Institute for Functional Genomics
The Institute for Genomic Research
Institute for the Advancement of Community Pharmacy
Institute of Management Accountants
Institute of Navigation
Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
Instructional Systems Association
Insulation Contractors Association of America
Insurance Marketplace Standards Association
Interchurch Medical Assistance
Interlibrary Users Associates
International Association for Continuing Education and Training
International Association of Fire Chiefs
International Association of Privacy Professionals
International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses
International Association of Workforce Professionals
International Bicycle Association
International Bone & Mineral Society
International Cast Polymer Association
International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium
International Communications Industries
International Concrete Repair Institute
International Dyslexia Association
International Foodservice Distributors Association
International Foundation for Electoral Systems
International Fragrance Association
International Institute of Municipal Clerks
International Intellectual Property Association
International Israel Allies Caucus Foundation
International Laser Display Association
International Leadership Association
International Longevity Center
International Mass Retail Association
International Municipal Signal Association
International Order of Odd Fellows
International Peace Operations Association
International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association
International Public Management Association for Human Resources
International Rescue Committee
International Research and Exchanges Board
International Sleep Products Association
International Social Services
International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics
International Society of Restaurant Association Executives
International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
The International Student Exchange Programs
International Trademark Association
The Internet Association
Investment Company Institute
Investment Program Association
Iris Foundation
Irish Arts Center
ISEH Society for Hematology and Stem Cells
J. Craig Venter Institute
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Jazz Education Network
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Jewish Home Lifecare
Jewish Women's Renaissance Project
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
The Joint Commission
Josie King Foundation
Kentucky Pharmacists Association
Keswick Multi-Care Center
Kiddies Kollege
Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association
Laboratory Products Association
Ladies Auxiliary of the Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company
Larta Institute
Latino Federation of Greater Washington
Laureate-Sylvan Learning Foundation
Law School Admissions Council
Leadership for Educational Equity
League of California Cities
Learning Makes a Difference Foundation
Learning Matters
Legal Services Corporation
Lenox Foundation
Lessard Charitable Foundation
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Life Insurance Settlement Association
Lighthouse for the Blind
Lillie Carroll Jackson Museum
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Link TV
Lions Club International
Little Keswick Educational Corporation
Locke Family Foundation
Louisiana Finance Association
Lower Manhattan Development Corporation
Lutheran Center Corporation
Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Service
Lutheran World Relief
M.A.D.E. in Maryland
Magazine Publishers of America
Magellan Health Service
Mailing Industry CEO Council
Main Line Animal Rescue
Managed Fund Association
Manhattan Theatre Club
Manufacturers Association of Florida
March of Dimes
Maret School
Marine Corps Association
Marine Corps Reserve Association Foundation
Marriott - DC Childcare Corporation
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Maryland Businesses for Responsive Government
Maryland Credit Union Foundation
Maryland Executive Council for Educational Opportunities
Maryland Foundation for Kiplin Hall
Maryland Historical Society
Maryland Psychiatric Society
Maryland Retailers Association
The Masonic and Eastern Star Home of the District of Columbia Charities
Masonry Veneer Manufacturers Association
Mathematical Association of America
Meals on Wheels Association of America
Medical Device Manufacturers Association
Medical Society of Northern Virginia
Medical Transcription Industry Association
ment’or BKB Foundation
Meritas Foundation
MESA International
Metal Building Manufacturers Association
Metropolitan Opera
Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association
Michigan Municipal League
Mid-Atlantic Cardiovascular Foundation
Mina's List International
Missouri State Teachers Association
Montgomery County Public Schools
Mortgage Bankers Association of America
A Mother's Cry Foundation
Mount Sinai Hospital
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Inc.
The Municipal Arts Society of New York
Musicians for Unity
The Myelin Project
The MYS Family U.S. Charitable Foundation
NACE International, The Corrosion Society
National AfterSchool Association
National Agricultural Aviation Association
National Air Traffic Controllers Association
National Alliance of Forest Owners
National Alliance of State Health Cooperatives
National Apartment Association
National Aquarium of Baltimore
National Aquarium Society
National Architectural Trust
National Art Education Association
National Arts Club
National Association for Affordable Housing Solutions
National Association for Debt Education and Assistance
National Association for Gifted Children
National Association for State Community Services Programs
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association for the Self-Employed
National Association Medical Staff Services
National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers
National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys
National Association of Catering Executives
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
National Association of College and University Attorneys
National Association of College Auxiliary Services
National Association of Corporate Directors
National Association of County and City Health Officials
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
National Association of Development Organizations
National Association of Drug Court Professionals
National Association of Enrolled Agents
National Association of Home Builders
National Association of Letter Carriers
National Association of Locum Tenens Organizations
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Music Merchants
National Association of Professional Employer Organizations
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
National Association of Security Companies
National Association of Small Business Accountants
National Association of Spine Specialists
National Association of State Energy Officials
National Association of State Investment Trusts
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
National Athletic Trainers' Association
National Auto Auction Association
National Automotive Finance Association
National Bicycle Dealers Association
National Board of Medical Examiners
National Breast Cancer Foundation
National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association
National Business Aviation Association
National Business Officers Association
National Cancer Research Foundation
National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
National Child Support Enforcement Association
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
National Coffee Association
National Collegiate Athletic Association
National Communication Association
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Contract Management Association
National Council for Community and Education Partnerships
National Council of Agricultural Employers
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
National Council of La Raza
National Council of University Research Administrators
National Criminal Justice Association
National eHealth Collaborative
National Electrical Contractors Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Electrical Safety Foundation
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
National Federation of the Blind
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
National Fisheries Institute
National Forum for Black Public Administrators
National Foundation for Credit Counseling
National Gaucher Foundation
National Hot Rod Association
National Human Services Assembly
National Independent Automobile Dealers Association
National Institute for Severely Handicapped
National Institute of Governmental Purchasing
National Institute of Standards and Technology
National Investor Relations Institute
National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
National Legal Center for the Public Interest
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Mentoring Partnership
National Mitigation Banking Association
National Motor Freight Traffic Association
National MultiCultural Institute
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
National Organization of Italian American Women
National PACE Association
National Parks Conservation Association
National Patient Safety Foundation
National Propane Gas Association
National Quality Forum
National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association
National Retail Federation
National Rural Utilities
National Salvage Vehicle Reporting Program
National Science Teachers Association
National Society for Experimental Education
National Student Clearinghouse
National Student Medical Association
National Volunteer Fire Council
National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Refuge Association
National Youth Leadership Forum
The Nature Conservancy
Navy Mutual Aid Association
Near East Foundation
NeighborWorks America
Network Advertising Institute
Network of Executive Women
New America Foundation
New Jersey School Boards Association
New Leaders Council
New Museum of Contemporary Art New York City Center
New Venture Fund
New York Public Library
The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox, and Tilden Foundations
New York Road Runners
New York Roentgen Society
New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater
New York Society of Security Analysts
Next Generation 911 Institute
NFL Alumni Association
North American Spine Society
North American Steel Framing Alliance
North American Veterinary Conference
North Carolina Association of County Commissioners
North Carolina Home Builders Association
Northeast Cast Polymer Association
Northern Virginia Association of Realtors
North Pacific Research Board
Northwestern - Annenberg University
NTCA - The Rural Broadband Association
Nuclear Energy Institute
Oak Crest Village
Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association
Online Consumers Network
Online Lenders Alliance
Open Compliance and Ethics Group
Open Door of Baltimore
OpenStack Foundation
ORC Industries
Organic and Natural Health Association
Organic Trade Association
Owings Mills Corporate Roundtable
Oxygenated Fuels Association
Pan American Health Organization
Parents' Choice Foundation
Participant Media Foundation
Partners In Health
Partnership for a Healthier America
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Penn-Mar Organization
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Performance Marketing Association
Personal Care Products Council
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Pharmaceutical Care Management Association
Pharmaceutical Industry Product Stewardship Coalition
Photo Marketing Association International
Piacentile Family Foundation
Pikesville Volunteer Fire Company
Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Point-of-Purchase Advertising International
Polytechnic Institute of New York University
Pop and Politics
Preservation Maryland
Prettyboy Watershed Alliance
Prince George's Temple
Printing Industries of Southern California
Pro Musica Hebraica
Procter and Gamble Cosmetic and Fragrance Foundation
Professional Football Retired Players Common Good Fund
Professional Golfers Association of America
Professional Insurance Marketing Association
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Professional Pricing Society
Professional Services Council
Project Management Institute
The Project on Middle East Democracy
Public Access Corporation of the District of Columbia
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans
Public Education Network
Public Entity Risk Institute
Public Health Accreditation Board
Public Relations Society of America
Public Safety Coordination Associates
Public Welfare Foundation
Quality Parts Coalition
The Reader's Digest Association
Real Estate Settlement Services Providers Council
Recording Industry Association of America
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association
Recreational Shooting Sports Association
Reese Volunteer Fire Company
Reginald Lewis Foundation
Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society
Regulatory Compliance Association
Republican Party of Florida
Reserve Officers Association of the United States
Reserveage Organics
Resilient Floor Covering Institute
RESOLVE: National Infertility Association
Reverse Mortgage Counseling Association
Riverdale Country School
Road Runners Club of America
Roland Park Country School
Roland Park Place
Romance Writers of America
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Roof Coating Manufacturers Association
Rubber Manufacturers Association
Rural Cellular Association
Russian American Foundation
The Salvation Army
Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association
Save the Children
Save the Day
Security Industry Association
Select Registry
Semiconductor Industry Association
Sigma Xi
Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association
SnowSports Industries America
Social Enterprise Alliance
Social Investment Forum
Society for American Archaeology
Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
Society for Marketing Professional Services
Society for Pediatric Pathology
Society for Pediatric Radiology
Society for the Preservation of H. L. Mencken
Society of Breast Imaging
Society of Business Appraisers
Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Society of Computed Body Tomography and Magnetic Resonance
Society of Financial Service Professionals
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Foundation
Society of NeuroInterventional Surgery
The Society of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound
Society of Research Administrators International
Society of the Plastics Industry
Society of Women Engineers
Sodexho Foundation
Software Publishers Association
Solar Energy Industries Association
South Atlantic Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
Southeastern Universities Research Association
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Southern California Honda Dealers' Association
Spark-Partnership for Service
Special Libraries Association
The Spence School
Sponsors for Education Opportunity
Sportfishing & Boating Foundation
Sports Lawyers Association
St. Joseph Medical Center
St. Paul's School
St. Timothy School
Stable Value Investment Association
Steel Framing Alliance
Steel Shipping Container Institute
Stoner Foundation
Straus Foundation
Student Conservation Association
Student Loan Alliance
Studio Museum in Harlem
Suburban Hospital Foundation
Suburban Newspapers of America
The Sugar Association
Sullivan Family Foundation
Sunrise Assisted Living
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board
Sustainable Forestry Initiative
Swaps and Derivatives Market Association
Syrian American Medical Society
Syrian American Medical Society Foundation
Tech America
Telecommunications Industry Association
Terasem Foundation
Texas Association of School Boards
Texas Future
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
Texas Medical Association
Texas Society of Association Executives
Tides Foundation
Tilden Foundation
Tinina Q. Cade Foundation
Toy Industry Association
Tressler Lutheran Services
Truck Renting and Leasing Association
Trust Alliance
The Tyra Banks TZONE Foundation
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy
U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
U.S. Soccer Foundation
U.S. Telecom Association
U.S. Tennis Association
U.S. Travel Association
U.S. Tuna Foundation
Union Hospital of Cecil County
United Methodist Association
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
United Nations International School
United Philanthropy Forum
United Service Organizations
United Way of America
United Way of the National Capital Area
Universal Public Procurement Certification Council
University of California
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Upper Chesapeake Health System
Valley Brook Community Church
Venable Foundation
Vienna Youth Soccer
Virginia Independent Power Producers
Virginia Nurses Association
Visiting Nurse Associations of America
Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America – Greater New York
Walking 4 Breast Cancer Foundation
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission
Water Environment Federation
Water For People
Wateraid America
West Side Center for Community Life
Western Dredging Association
Western Society of Pediatric Dentistry
Westreich Foundation
Whitman-Walker Health
Whitney Museum of American Art
Wilderness Society
Women in Cable Telecommunications
Wood Products Indoor Air Consortium
Woodbourn Center
The WorkPlace
World Food Program
World Villages for Children
Wounded Warrior Project
Yale University
YWCA of Greater Baltimore
Zero to Three
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Nonprofit Organizations - Overview

With more than 600 nonprofit clients nationwide, Venable has the largest concentration of attorneys in the country providing counseling and advocacy for charities, trade associations, professional societies, foundations, advocacy groups, private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and other types of nonprofit organizations.

Our clients—ranging from some of the nation’s largest philanthropic charities to a “who’s who” of trade and professional associations—call on us for assistance in matters of general nonprofit law and in matters unique to their industries, professions, causes or issues.


The Venable advantage: deep experience with nonprofit legal issues.

As a result of our extensive experience in representing nonprofit organizations, virtually no legal issue or problem is new to us.

Experience with the most common and the most unusual issues enables us to provide precise answers and workable solutions with a legal style marked by ingenuity and pragmatic judgment.

Legal experience, reinforced by personal experience.

Our understanding of the nature and business of nonprofits—derived not only from our legal practice but from our deeply rooted participation in the nonprofit community—enables us to offer broader and more useful counseling that recognizes the practical management, political and business considerations involved in the issues faced by nonprofits.

Our attorneys contribute to the nonprofit community in many ways, including giving speeches, writing articles, serving on boards and committees, and offering their time and resources to numerous nonprofit events and initiatives. For example, we give dozens of presentations a year to nonprofit executives and regularly publish articles on nonprofit legal issues (see, and Also see to view Venable's nonprofit law Twitter account and follow the top legal issues and news for nonprofits.

Seasoned attorneys who have walked in your shoes.

Venable maintains a core team of approximately 20 attorneys who concentrate exclusively on the legal needs of nonprofit organizations. This team works day-in and day-out addressing the legal issues of nonprofit clients. They are leaders at what they do, with comprehensive resumes of credentials and achievements in their respective areas of concentration.

The team has several attorneys who previously worked in-house at nonprofits. This wide-ranging in-house experience has proven invaluable in understanding and relating to the unique needs of our clients. As individuals and as a team, we provide the responsive, efficient service needed by the nonprofit community.

Additionally, Venable operates the Venable Foundation, its own charitable vehicle to promote the health and well-being of the communities where Venable’s clients and attorneys work and live. As such, we are more than just attorneys—we are partners with our clients in bettering our cities and communities.

Integrated legal services that bring a deep bench and a one-stop shop to the full range of nonprofit legal challenges.

While members of our nonprofit team spend all of their time addressing the legal issues affecting nonprofit clients, our practice is much broader than that. We are fully integrated with the rest of our firm and frequently draw on the knowledge and experience of hundreds of Venable attorneys in every office of the firm. This carefully-selected network of attorneys not only brings an unmatched wealth of experience in areas such as those listed below (and many others), but it also brings an understanding of how these other areas of law apply to the unique characteristics of nonprofits, due to the frequency with which these attorneys work with our nonprofit clients.

Our clients frequently remark about how much they appreciate Venable’s ability to serve as a "one-stop shop" for all of their legal needs. Our deep "bench" in virtually every legal area and issue affecting nonprofits enables us to tap into the experience required to deal with the most complex and nuanced legal challenges. Venable’s various attorneys throughout the firm—coupled with our core nonprofit practitioners—form a powerful team that works seamlessly to provide our nonprofit clients with everything they could need or want from a law firm, in a manner that is both cost-efficient and effective.


Below are highlights of some of the key areas and issues on which our nonprofit practice places its focus:

Corporate governance.

We advise nonprofit clients on a full range of governance-related matters, including:

  • articles of incorporation and bylaws;
  • policies and procedures;
  • conflicts of interest and fiduciary duties;
  • codes of ethics and enforcement procedures;
  • private inurement and private benefit;
  • parliamentary procedure;
  • membership standards;
  • record-retention policies and practices;
  • structural and legal relationships among foundations, taxable subsidiaries, chapters, affiliated federations and other industry organizations; and
  • leadership, management and oversight structures. 

For example, we helped the National Retail Federation develop a new conflicts of interest policy and disclosure process for its board of directors, we worked with the American Academy of Physician Assistants to shift the allocation of decision-making responsibilities from its House of Delegates to its board of dirctors, and we assisted the United Way of the National Capital Area, the International Municipal Signal Association, America's Community Bankers and the Building Industry Association of Southern California in overhauling and instituting new governance structures and procedures.

We also regularly attend our clients’ board, executive committee, membership and other meetings as needed.

Contract services.

Contracts are a core aspect of any nonprofit counseling practice. That’s why it’s not surprising that there is rarely a type of contract for which we do not have a model form and dozens of samples to draw upon, or that we have not previously drafted, negotiated, revised and, if necessary, litigated or arbitrated. In fact, because we have previously negotiated contracts with most of the leading vendors and facilities that provide products and services to nonprofits, we are able to bring a wealth of inside experience to each transaction in a way that few, if any, law firms can. This has proven to be of enormous value to our nonprofit clients, from the National Athletic Trainers' Association to the National Association of Music Merchants to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging.

We also know how to resolve disputes about contracts. From our extensive work with meeting, trade show and hotel and convention center contracts, to chapter affiliation agreements, to endorsement and sponsorship agreements, to software licensing and Web-hosting contracts, to much else, we bring a very experienced - and practical - perspective to the resolution of contractual issues. Our attorneys are seasoned contract negotiators who are deeply valued by, and deliver consistent results for, our clients.

Tax exemption and benefits.

We provide support and legal guidance with respect to every major tax and benefit issue affecting nonprofits, including, among others:

  • recognition of tax-exempt status;
  • defense of IRS and state tax audits (we have recently handled more than 65 IRS audits of tax-exempt organizations);
  • Form 990 reporting and disclosure;
  • establishing and managing relationships with subsidiaries and affiliates;
  • unrelated business income tax planning and restructuring;
  • employee benefits;
  • retirement and deferred compensation plans;
  • executive compensation planning;
  • private inurement and private benefit issues;
  • charitable solicitation, substantiation and registration requirements;
  • public disclosure requirements;
  • tax-exempt bond financing;
  • charitable planned giving and bequests;
  • lobbying limitations, tracking and reporting;
  • sales and use taxation and exemptions; and
  • special tax rules applying to private foundations.

Tax controversies and policy.

In the areas of tax controversy and tax policy, Venable is ripe with seasoned practitioners—attorneys formerly with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel and the Joint Committee on Taxation, as well as a former tax counsel for the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation, and a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.

Federal grants and contracts.

Federal government grants and contracts are often a major source of funding and revenue for nonprofit organizations. Conversely, government grants and contracts pose significant exposure for nonprofits in the event of noncompliance or a violation of the myriad of contract terms and applicable regulatory requirements. 

Venable’s nationally ranked government contracts practice has a broad array of experience in assisting nonprofit organizations with their federal government grant and contract issues. For instance, we assist nonprofits with grant and contract interpretation, application and solicitation risk assessment, the proposal and evaluation process, change orders, intellectual property protection, and a wide array of other issues unique to government grants and contracts. Similarly, we have a wealth of knowledge regarding applicable grant (e.g., OMB Circular A-110 and A-122) and contract (Federal Acquisition Regulation) regulatory provisions, including the application of these regulations to both prime grant recipients/contractors and subgrantees/subcontractors. 

In our compliance cases, we have liaised with federal authorities on matters ranging from minor contractual noncompliance to major overpayment, mischarging, and civil and criminal fraud matters. We have represented numerous nonprofits in Office of Inspector General investigations, U.S. Department of Justice investigations, and similar government enforcement efforts. We have examined and analyzed any number of compliance matters, planned and conducted numerous internal investigations, assisted clients in developing and implementing corrective action plans, conducted staff and board training sessions for clients, recommended and made appropriate disclosures to government authorities, and worked diligently to resolve any issues as quickly, favorably and efficiently as possible.

Finally, Venable attorneys have represented and counseled clients facing debarment by every major federal agency under both the procurement and non-procurement procedures. Our experience and reputation have enabled us to negotiate resolutions with the government in nearly every case. This permits our clients to continue to seek and perform government work while satisfying the government that the organization is a “responsible” contractor.

Employment law.

Venable’s labor and employment attorneys provide counsel in every aspect of employment law as it applies to nonprofit organizations, including:

  • employment policies and agreements;
  • employee benefits;
  • litigation in federal and state EEO agencies and in court;
  • mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution;
  • age, race, sex, disability and other discrimination claims;
  • sexual harassment allegations and investigations;
  • affirmative action planning;
  • employment class actions;
  • hiring, firing and promotion concerns;
  • overtime rules;
  • executive contracts and compensation;
  • privacy concerns;
  • defamation claims;
  • disputes with unions; and
  • occupational health and safety matters.

We regulary work with clients from the American Association of Museums to Money Management International to the Public Relations Society of America to the National Retail Federation in this regard.

Joint ventures, affiliations and mergers.

We have guided and negotiated dozens of complex, high-profile nonprofit mergers, consolidations, asset transfers and dissolutions and strategic alliances. For instance, we played key roles in the mergers of the American Society of Association Executives and the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives & The Center for Association Leadership; the American Bankers Association and America's Community Bankers; and the American Electronics Association and the Information Technology Association of America.

From the acquisition of assets, to the restructuring of organizations, to the formation of partnerships, joint ventures and limited liability corporations (LLCs), we have deep experience in every legal and tax aspect of nonprofit and for-profit corporate transactions. For instance, we have provided extensive counsel to the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, the American Society for Training and Development, the Council for Biotechnology Information and the American College of Radiology in this area.

In nonprofit mergers and consolidations, Venable’s experience runs the gamut from strategic advice and planning to due diligence to complex regulatory approval.

In connection with nonprofit joint ventures with for-profit companies, we have a nuanced understanding of the complex tax-exemption rules and risks.

We also frequently assist clients with the establishment and management of both nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries. For instance, we have worked for years with the National Association of Chain Drug Stores on the creation and maintenance of numerous subsidiaries and affiliates.

We advise clients on the intellectual property, tax, liability allocation and other aspects of partnerships, joint ventures, affinity relationships, endorsements and sponsorships with both nonprofit and for-profit entities. We have worked with groups ranging from The Nature Conservancy to American Mensa to the American College of Health Care Administrators in this regard.


Given the interaction of competitors at association meetings and the vigilance of antitrust authorities regarding potential abuses of association programs and activities, antitrust is an essential element of our work for trade associations.

Venable attorneys have counseled hundreds of trade associations on antitrust compliance and helped defend them from antitrust investigations and claims. For example, we have:

  • drafted antitrust compliance manuals for organizations such as the U.S. Telecom Association and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association;
  • counseled the Entertainment Software Association, the Automotive Warranty and Service Contract Association and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America on the antitrust risks posed by new ventures and activities;
  • advised hundreds of clients on the lawful structuring of salary surveys, the collection of price and cost data and other information exchanges, group purchasing programs, joint marketing, advertising and public relations campaigns, membership restrictions, trade show and advertising restrictions, certification and accreditation programs, standard-setting and numerous other association programs and activities that pose anti-competitive risk; and
  • long been involved with the American National Standards Institute process.

We also regularly handle large-scale civil and criminal antitrust investigations and litigation for clients nationwide.  

With a wealth of antitrust experience—from former federal antitrust enforcement officials to seasoned antitrust litigators—Venable has one of the largest association antitrust practices in the nation.

Certification and standard-setting.

Venable has extensive experience in standard-setting, certification and accreditation matters. Examples of our work include:

  • serving as ethics counsel for the member ethics enforcement program of the Project Management Institute;
  • overturning a promulgated standard on American National Standards Institute (ANSI) procedural grounds for a consortium of associations led by the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association;
  • advising the Association of Clinical Research Professionals on the overhaul of its membership code of ethics;
  • developing a professional certification program for the Construction Financial Management Association, now operated by an affiliated entity we created;
  • advising the Composite Panel Association on voluntary ANSI standards involving formaldehyde emissions and the America Lumber Standard Committee in its oversight of lumber grading in the United States and Canada;
  • assisting the American Society for Training and Development with the creation of a program to certify e-learning software, followed by the creation of a professional certification program;
  • advising the American Society of Civil Engineers on its member ethics program;
  • preparing enforcement procedures for the new mandatory safety and environmental standards promulgated by the International Council of Cruise Lines;
  • counseling the Information Technology Industry Council on all aspects of its consensus standards-making process; and
  • advising the Tire Industry Association, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association and the National Propane Gas Association on technician-certification programs.

Tort liability counsel.

Our counsel on certification programs and standard-setting extends beyond the realm of antitrust into tort liability, defamation, due process, Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and the taxation of certification program income.  Our attorneys have handled numerous cases involving conspiracy allegations against trade associations regarding product liability claims against industry products.

In addition, the risk of tort liability plays a particularly significant role in the advice we give to clients in areas ranging from online job banks and referral programs to endorsements, technical manuals, training programs and consulting services. Venable attorneys have been innovative and successful in helping trade associations minimize the tort and antitrust liability risks of their membership, certification, standard-setting and related programs.   

Intellectual property.

We represent clients in all aspects of intellectual property law, including patents, technology licensing and transactions, trademark, copyrights, trade secrets and antitrust and unfair competition.

More than 60 Venable attorneys advise nonprofit clients on intellectual property law and address the unique issues that nonprofits face, such as:

  • the role directors, committee members and volunteer authors and speakers play in the creation of copyrightable works;
  • descriptiveness of nonprofit trademarks;
  • use of association logos by members;
  • peculiarities of certification and collective marks;
  • unique domain name registration, protection and prosecution; and
  • social media issues.

We prepare trademark, copyright and patent registration applications (both in the United States and in dozens of foreign countries); offer opinions regarding trademark, copyright and patent clearances, infringement, validity and enforceability; and prosecute and defend intellectual property claims in court and other forums.

For instance, we manage the worldwide trademark portfolio of the Project Management Institute; conducted an intellectual property audit for the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society; provided staff training to the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association on copyright and trademark practices and compliance; and regularly assist the Romance Writers of America and The Authors Coalition on copyright protection and enforcement.

We also negotiate and draft domestic and international intellectual property and technology licenses, technology-transfer contracts, joint venture agreements and research contracts. Our experience with every aspect of complex technology-related contracts is deep and extensive.

We are fluent in all aspects of domain name protection and enforcement, and regularly arbitrate and litigate claims in this area.

Electronic communications and privacy law.

Our attorneys are well versed on federal and state laws and regulations governing electronic mail (such as the CAN-SPAM Act), faxes and telemarketing (such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act), and their unique applicability to nonprofit organizations. For instance, we work with both the Direct Marketing Association and the American Association of Retired Persons in these areas.

We also have extensive experience with privacy issues - both from a compliance and policy-making perspective - and have one of the foremost practices in the country in this area.

Finally, we have done an ever-increasing amount of work – both for clients and in connection with speeches and articles – with respect to the legal aspects of social media and social networking sites when used by nonprofits organizations and associations.  The legal issues in this area are diverse, complex, and very much still developing, but yet are critically important for virtually every nonprofit that ventures into this arena.  From copyrights to trademarks to defamation to privacy to antitrust to employment matters, there is no shortage of challenges and opportunities for nonprofit organizations.

Political activity and federal election campaign law.

Venable attorneys are extremely well versed in the federal and state laws and regulations governing political activity, including both election and tax laws.

We help our clients interpret and comply with the complex, ever-changing web of federal and state requirements in this area, and also provide training to their staff and others. For instance, we work with both The College Board, the Entertainment Software Association, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America in this regard. We are also frequent lecturers, authors and commentators on these issues.

We regularly counsel nonprofit clients regarding:

  • the establishment and operation of federal and state PACs;
  • federal and state laws governing political communications, contributions and other political activity;
  • federal and state lobbying registration and reporting requirements;
  • the federal lobbying tax law affecting association membership dues deductibility;
  • federal tax limitations on lobbying by 501(c)(3) organizations; and
  • federal and state ethics and gift rules.

Legislative advocacy.

Venable has a nationally recognized legislative practice - the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call referred to Venable as a “powerful lobbying firm.”  We help nonprofit clients negotiate the legislative and regulatory environment of our nation’s capital.

We have 29 registered lobbyists, including:

  • a former Attorney General of the United States;
  • former U.S. Senator who served for 18 years;
  • former U.S. Secretary of Transportation;
  • two attorneys named as “Washington’s Lobbying Leaders” by Influence magazine;
  • one of the most well-connected veteran lobbyists in Washington, consistently included in rankings of DC’s top lobbyists;
  • two former tax counsels for the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Committee on Taxation;
  • a former counsel and policy coordinator for the House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet;
  • a chief counsel for the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations;
  • an in-house general counsel for the National Association of Federal Credit Unions;
  • former staff to Vice President Biden; and
  • former appropriations staff member.

Our legislative attorneys work closely with our core team of nonprofit attorneys, as well as with commercial, appellate and regulatory litigators, as part of an orchestrated, multifaceted approach to problem-solving that delivers effective and efficient results.  We assist clients in developing, drafting and guiding legislation; drafting committee report language; preparing witnesses for congressional hearings; and testifying before Congressional committees on behalf of clients.  They also help to coordinate legislative and public relations strategy for our clients.

Clients for whom we have recently provided legislative advocacy include the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the Air Transport Association, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the National eHealth Collaborative, Money Management International, the Financial Counseling Research Roundtable and many others.

Regulatory advocacy and compliance.

From the Federal Trade Commission to the Food and Drug Administration, from the Federal Election Commission to the Federal Communications Commission, and from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Environmental Protection Agency to the U.S. Department of Defense, we represent clients in opposition to, or in support of, key regulatory initiatives—advocating for or against policies, regulations and legislation in the interests of nonprofit clients and the public. We understand well the regulatory and policy components of federal agencies, as well as the relationship between the agencies and Congress.

Our approach includes counseling on regulatory compliance, petitioning and negotiating with agency officials, preparing formal comments, pursuing legislative remedies and, where necessary, litigating aggressively both in support of and in opposition to policies, regulations and legislation pursued by regulatory agencies. In this regard, our victories in the federal and state regulatory arenas are both numerous and impressive.

We have provided regulatory advocacy to organizations ranging from the Direct Marketing Association to The Sugar Association to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America.

Our regulatory practice comprises veterans from the upper ranks of federal agencies, including:

  • a former undersecretary of Homeland Security and former Drug Enforcement Agency administrator;
  • a former Securities and Exchange Commission assistant director for enforcement;
  • former Federal Trade Commission officials;
  • a former Food and Drug Administration official;
  • a former Office of Management and Budget counsel;
  • officials with several financial regulators including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Reserve;
  • U.S. Department of Justice veterans in the antitrust, environmental crimes and natural resources divisions, and in the Office of Justice Programs and Office of Civil Rights; and
  • numerous U.S. Department of Defense government contract attorneys. 

And while high-profile regulatory advocacy may garner the headlines, counseling clients on nut-and-bolts regulatory compliance issues—such as postal regulations and the rules governing raffles and lotteries—is a staple of our nonprofit practice.


Venable has a formidable team of aggressive, accomplished trial attorneys on both coasts—more than 175 litigators in Washington, DC, Baltimore, New York City and Los Angeles.

We have litigated in many federal trial and appellate courts throughout the nation, including four successful cases in the past five years before the U.S. Supreme Court. 

We have argued cases before the National Labor Relations Board and filed amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Associated Builders and Contractors and the American College of Radiology.

We are currently defending multiple nationwide class actions, many as lead counsel. 

We frequently bring our litigation capabilities to bear in defense of nonprofit clients. For example, we are representing, or have recently represented, nonprofits in actions such as:

  • class-action lawsuits and lawsuits brought by federal and state government agencies;
  • cases alleging conspiracy related to products liability issues arising from industry products; and
  • lawsuits filed by the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and other federal and state agencies. 

We also regularly represent our nonprofit clients—especially trade and professional associations—in connection with the defense of third-party subpoenas seeking information and documentation in the organization's possession.

On behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we led a team pursuing damages litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and a parallel arbitration before the American Arbitration Association regarding a failed software development and outsourcing project. 

On behalf of the United Way of America, we helped terminate a software vendor for cause and then successfully pursued mediation in advance of litigation.

On behalf of the American Society of Association Executives, we prosecuted an arbitration against one of its largest endorsed vendors and successfully negotiated a favorable settlement for ASAE.

In addition, we represent nonprofits in a broad array of other business litigation, arbitration and mediation.

Healthcare law for nonprofits.

Healthcare is a diverse, heavily regulated and high-risk business.  Venable’s extensive experience with all sectors of the healthcare industry provides perspective to assist its nonprofit clients in all matters affecting the industry.  For more than 40 years, Venable has assisted clients with federal and state regulatory healthcare compliance, including the False Claims Act, Stark compliance, and fraud and abuse investigations.  In addition, we advise clients on issues involving HIPAA privacy and security matters, insurance and risk management, the practice of medicine, and unfair business practice restrictions. 

Venable’s experience includes federal and state Medicaid and Medicare regulatory issues and general contract terms associated with private payor or reimbursement contracts.  We have counseled clients regarding the government payment programs, including extensive work on ways to establish reimbursement lawfully in situations such as joint ventures and corporate restructuring, including administrative reviews and judicial appeals.  This work has involved certification, conditions of participation, coverage, reassignment, and other reimbursement issues for all types of government-certified providers. 

Venable closely monitors changes in the laws and regulations that influence or affect our clients.  We help our clients to comply with the maze of regulations that dictate how to manage daily operations, billing, purchasing, and other key functions.  When needed, we have the depth and experience to defend clients in criminal, civil and administrative proceedings with government or private payors that stem from reimbursement contract disputes, and to advise them in audits or investigations.

Our practice includes licensure and certification for hospitals and healthcare professionals in many specialties before state licensing boards.  We assist with patient care practices, including the process of informed consent to treatment.

We also regularly advise nonprofit organizations about the group health plans that they offer to their employees, or that association members may be offering to their own employees.  

Even in the wake of national health reform, health insurance plans for employees continue to remain a highly valued benefit for employees.  We have advised organizations about the HIPAA, COBRA, mental health parity, GINA, and regulatory developments affecting the design and structure of health and welfare plans, and have worked with organizations to structure retiree health obligations and take advantage of potential subsidy programs.

In addition, we regularly advise clients about the myriad of nondiscrimination testing, reporting, disclosure, and other legal compliance obligations that arise with health plans for employees.  We work hand-in-glove with our clients and their HR staffs to implement efficient and effective open enrollment processes, negotiate contracts with health and welfare vendors to be sure they get the support services they need, and integrate and streamline health and welfare benefit programs in order to help them save money.

Now that national health reform has become a reality, the health insurance market for nonprofit organizations, their employees, and their members will be changing dramatically in the next few years.  Venable will be working with its nonprofit clients in helping to evaluate all of the options that will be available to them, so that they are able to make the right choices that are in the best interests of the organization, its employees, and its members.

Insurance counsel.

Venable attorneys successfully counsel clients in a range of insurance matters:

  • We regularly advise nonprofit clients on insurance coverage and claim procedures, both on property and casualty and health and benefit matters. 
  • We are very familiar with the major nonprofit carriers of directors and officers liability policies, and frequently advocate with them on our clients’ behalf. We do the same in connection with other types of insurance policies as well. We have an excellent, successful track record in this regard.
  • We help nonprofits turn insurance into a lucrative non-dues revenue source. We have structured numerous group insurance programs for membership associations, their chapters and their subsidiaries through a variety of mechanisms. 
  • We have counseled several nonprofit clients in the establishment and operation of captive insurance companies.

Real estate transactions.

Venable’s highly respected real estate practice assists nonprofits with complex commercial real estate transactions, including, among other aspects:

  • negotiation of sale, purchase and lease transactions;
  • preparing financial documentation; and
  • obtaining land use approvals. 

For instance, we represented the Special Libraries Association in the sale of its historic Washington, DC headquarters building and the purchase of its Alexandria, Virginia headquarters, and did the same for the Air Conditioning Contractors of America and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Real estate tax implications.

We advise nonprofits on the tax implications of real estate transactions, including, for instance, The American Institute of Architects. 

We represented Howard Theatre Restoration in a series of complex, sophisticated real estate and tax transactions involving both historic and new markets tax credits in the District of Columbia.

Venable has particular experience representing title-holding subsidiaries of tax-exempt organizations, including 501(c)(2) and 501(c)(25) entities, as well as single-member limited liability corporations. We are very familiar with the unrelated business income tax issues that surround the use of these entities, as well as the limitations on their activities.

Advertising, sponsorships and partnerships for nonprofits.

Nonprofit organizations can benefit greatly from the market awareness generated from targeted sponsorships, partnerships and co-ventures. Whether it consists of a partnership with an entertainer or athlete who supports their cause, or a unique branding campaign with a national advertiser, such initiatives can help drive fundraising and articulate the organization's mission to a broader audience than might otherwise be available.

Venable operates at this intersection of nonprofits, advertisers and the entertainment industry by facilitating key introductions between nonprofits and athletes, celebrities and local and national brands, and by providing the comprehensive legal and tax counsel needed to get the deal done.

Our attorneys provide advice to nonprofits across a wide range of matters in this area, including:

  • branding relationships and opportunities;
  • sponsorships and placements;
  • co-ventures/productions;
  • alternative marketing and distribution strategies for entertainment properties; and
  • creative solutions for public policy issues.


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Highly regarded by its nonprofit clients, Venable is steeped in the nuances, challenges and opportunities of nonprofit law—as well as the distinct culture, governance and politics of nonprofit organizations.

We have the experience and ingenuity to help our nonprofit clients meet the needs and demands of their members, constituencies and industries.

Our nonprofit practice provides its clients with pragmatic, creative solutions to their legal challenges on a responsive, cost-efficient basis.

Our capabilities and experience in nonprofit law are strong nationwide, making Venable remarkably well prepared to meet each and every legal need of our clients across the country.

We take great pride in our leadership role in the nonprofit bar and will continue to be an active participant in the nonprofit community we represent.