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Gregory L. Colvin



  • A.B., magna cum laude, political science, University of Washington, 1968; Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1971; Yale Law Journal

Areas of Practice

Mr. Colvin's practice includes political and lobbying activities of nonprofit organizations, fiscal sponsorship, donor advised funds, anonymous giving, grantmaking, and other issues that arise between individual donors and charities, and within large multi-stakeholder membership organizations.

Prior Experience

From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Colvin was an attorney in the Seattle Regional Office of the Federal Trade Commission.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Colvin served as Co-Chair of the Subcommittee on Political and Lobbying Organizations and Activities of the Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association from 1991-2009.

He is also general nonprofit counsel to Toastmasters International, the worldwide public speaking organization, and to MomsRising, an Internet-based advocacy group.

Currently, Mr. Colvin serves as chair of the Drafting Committee of the Bright Lines Project, sponsored by Public Citizen, which aims to develop and promote a clear, workable, objective, and universal definition of political intervention under the Internal Revenue Code. www.brightlinesproject.org

In 2015, Mr. Colvin received the Outstanding Nonprofit Attorney Award from the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, for his distinguished service as outside counsel to nonprofit organizations, his contributions to the field, and commitment to serving the legal needs of the sector.

Selected Publications

Speaking and Teaching

Mr. Colvin has spoken widely, including numerous seminars, media appearances, and Congressional testimony, on the IRS political and lobbying rules, fiscal sponsorship, and anonymous giving. He may be followed on Twitter at @GregLColvin.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Colvin is a member of The California State Bar Association and The San Francisco Bar Association.

Mr. Colvin is admitted to the bar in the states of California and Washington.

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Gregory L. Colvin

Senior Counsel

Adler & Colvin
Russ Building, Suite 1220
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-421-7555

Fax: 415-421-0712

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