Robert L. Waldman

Waldman Robert

Bob Waldman is a member of the firm's Tax and Wealth Planning Group. Bob serves as counsel to foundations, hospitals, educational institutions, trade associations, community foundations, and other charitable entities, and counsels companies on corporate social responsibility matters. He represents some of the country's largest nonprofit organizations and has significant experience in international philanthropy. Bob also practices extensively in philanthropic and estate planning, employee benefits, and taxation.

Bob has advised numerous nonprofit clients on corporate governance issues, as well as on tax, compensation, and grantmaking concerns. He has been involved in restructuring nonprofit corporations to minimize liability and achieve program goals by utilizing multiple corporations, boards, and advisory committees. He has also represented nonprofit organizations before the Internal Revenue Service and the Office of the State Attorney General concerning a variety of issues. He has served on many nonprofit boards and is able to provide practical advice based on personal and professional experience.

Bob is president of the Venable Foundation and former co-managing partner of the firm. 





  • J.D. Stanford Law School 1981
  • B.A. Haverford College 1978

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Maryland Food Bank
  • Member, American Bar Association, Committee on Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Member, Maryland State Bar Association; former chair, Employee Benefits Subcommittee
  • Member, Best Lawyers Advisory Board
  • Elected fellow, Baltimore City Bar Foundation 


  • The Best Lawyers in America
    • Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2007 – 2023
    • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2007 – 2023
    • Tax Law, 2007 – 2023
    • Lawyer of the Year, Nonprofit/Charities Law, 2020, 2024
    • Lawyer of the Year, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, 2019 – 2020
  • Legal 500, Not-for-Profit (Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations), 2012 - 2023
  • The Daily Record
    • Lifetime Achievement, 2022
    • Leadership in Law
    • Icon Honors, 2023
  • Baltimore Community Foundation, Professional Advisor Recognition Society



  • Board member, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore
  • Board member, Enoch Pratt Free Library
  • Former board member, Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • Former board chair, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers