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Specializing in the Law of Nonprofit Organizations

Karl F. Mill, Associate Eric K. Gorovitz, Principal Rosemary E. Fei, Principal David A. Levitt, Principal Erik Dryburgh, Principal Nancy E. McGlamery, Principal Steven R. Chiodini, Of Counsel Emily Chan, Of Counsel Stephanie L. Petit, Principal Robert A. Wexler, Principal Matt Clausen, Principal Gregory L. Colvin, Emeritus Ingrid Mittermaier, Principal Shirley McLaughlin, Associate

Adler & Colvin is a group of seasoned attorneys based in San Francisco, deeply committed to serving the legal needs of the nonprofit sector.  The firm brings an unrivaled depth of expertise and passion to its representation of tax-exempt organizations and individual philanthropists.

Upcoming Events


Nonprofit VOTE - Staying Nonpartisan: Rules for 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations

July 9, 2020


Update on Regulations for UBIT “Silo” (Section 512(a)(6)) and Excise Tax on Exempt Organization Compensation (Section 4960) Regulations

July 15, 2020

Moderator:  Robert Wexler


Meghan R. Biss, Caplin & Drysdale, Washington, DC

Janine Cook, Deputy Associate Chief Counsel (EEE), IRS Office of Chief Counsel, Washington, DC (Invited)

Alexandra O. Mitchell, RSM, Washington, DC

Elinor C. Ramey, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Washington, DC


Featured Content


Practitioner Perspectives on Using Section 501(c)(4) Organizations for Charitable Lobbying: Realities and an Alternative

This paper, originally published in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, discusses a wide array of issues arising from the use of Section 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations to conduct the lobbying necessary to advance charitable goals. The paper goes on to propose an innovative legislative change that would allow the creation of a…


Lobbying Overview for Private Foundations

Private foundations’ expenditures for legislative lobbying are prohibited as “taxable expenditures” by Section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code. For the purpose of deciding what is prohibited lobbying, private foundations may rely on the definitions found in Sections 501(h) and 4911 of the Internal Revenue Code, which define lobbying for those public charities that have…

Our firm represents some of the most recognized and respected nonprofits and philanthropic organizations in the U.S.