Mr. Wexler's practice focuses primarily on the areas of tax and corporate matters for nonprofits and their donors, with a particular emphasis on social enterprises, revenue-generating activities and private foundations.
Mr. Wexler is a board member of Benetech, a Silicon Valley social enterprise. He is a member of the American Bar Association, and an active participant in the Tax Section’s Exempt Organization Committee, where he recently served as Chair of the Committee. Mr. Wexler is also a member of the American Law Institute and an Advisor to the Restatement of the Law – Charitable and Nonprofit Organizations. He is also an Advisor to NYU’s National Center of Philanthropy and the Law.
Mr. Wexler is a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School, where he teaches the Law of Nonprofit Organizations. He has also taught courses at the University of San Francisco and in the LLM program at Golden Gate University. He is a frequent speaker at nationally recognized conferences on nonprofit law.
Mr. Wexler is admitted to the bar in the state of California.
Before joining Adler & Colvin, Mr. Wexler practiced with two different San Francisco law firms from 1985 through 1992 as a tax lawyer representing exempt organizations, as well as individuals, corporations, and partnerships.
Mr. Wexler enjoys music and sports as well as strategy based games.
2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET at the University of DC & Catholic University, Level M1 | Exempt Organizations PM Session 9
Patagonia has been in the news for using a purpose trust and a 501(c)(4) to accomplish the founder’s
philanthropic goals. What exactly is a purpose trust? How does this structure work, and what are its advantages and disadvantages? Is this trending? What are the implications for using private foundations?
Moderator: Robert Wexler, Adler & Colvin
Panelist: Susan Gary, University of Oregon
Chair: Rosemary E. Fei, Adler & Colvin
Co-Panelist: Karen Wu, Perlman & Perlman, LLP
Celia Roady, Chair, Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations Morgan Lewis; Kimberly Eney; Vice Chair, Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations; Megan Bell, Morgan Lewis
Moderator: Jill Horwitz, UCLA School of Law
Panelists: Erin Bradrick, NEO Law Group; James Sheehan, Office of the New York Attorney General; Rob Wexler, Adler & Colvin
Moderator: James P. Joseph, Arnold Porter, Washington, DC
Panelists: Michelle Michalowski, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Washington, DC; A.L. (Lorry) Spitzer, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Robert Wexler, Adler & Colvin, San Francisco, CA
Stephanie Goldfine, Director of Legal, Compliance, Oversight and Advocacy, Network for Good
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
Moderator: Robert Wexler
Panelist: Sara Hall, GC at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Tom Donovan, Deputy AG from New Hampshire
Co-panelist: Meghan R. Biss, Caplin & Drysdale
Co-panelist: Maura Whelan, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Representing & Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations
First panel: Fundraising and Crowdfunding on the Internet and Social Media
Co-panelist: Courtney Aladro
Second panel: Ask the Experts
Co-panelist: Jim Joseph and Morey Ward
Challenges Posed by Fundraising and Cause Marketing in the Digital Age
Tracy Thorleifson, FTC
Courtney Aladro, Mass. AGO
State of Play: Compensation and Intermediate Sanctions
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