George E. Constantine

Partner
Constantine George

George Constantine is co-chair of Venable's Nonprofit Organizations Group and leads Venable's associations practice. George concentrates his practice on providing legal counseling to and advocacy for nonprofit organizations, including trade associations, professional societies, advocacy groups, charities, and other entities. He has extensive experience with many of the major legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations, including tax exemption, antitrust, governance, and transactional matters. He is well versed in matters related to association standard setting and enforcement, certification, accreditation, and code-of-conduct reviews.

George assists clients with:

  • Critical tax-exemption matters involving Internal Revenue Code (IRS) § 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), and 501(c)(6)
  • Advising nonprofit organization boards of directors on their compliance obligations
  • Guiding associations and other nonprofit organizations undergoing mergers, consolidations, joint ventures, and dissolutions
  • Ongoing counseling on numerous transactional and operational matters unique to nonprofit organizations

George is the former staff counsel of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). As ASAE's sole staff attorney, he gained in-depth experience with the many legal issues facing associations. He has also represented ASAE's interests before Congress and federal agencies.

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Credentials
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Education

  • J.D. University of Maryland School of Law 1998
    • Recipient, Order of the Coif law school honors society
    • Recipient, Judge R. Dorsey Watkins Award for excellence in torts
  • B.A. Loyola College In Maryland 1989

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member and former chair, ASAE Legal Section Council
  • Frequent speaker and author of numerous articles regarding legal issues affecting associations and other nonprofit organizations published by ASAE, the Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the New York Society of Association Executives, and the Texas Society of Association Executives

Recognition
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  • Recognized in Legal 500, Not-For-Profit (Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations), 2012 - 2020

Community
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Pro Bono

  • Serves as counsel to DC Central Kitchen and DC Scores