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Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC
1101 K Street, NW SUITE 700
United States

Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations) Tier 3

Highlighted for its ‘exceptional depth and breadth of knowledge’, the not-for-profit tax group at specialist boutique firm Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC spans across Chicago and Washington DC and is led by well-regarded Jeffrey Tenenbaum, who was the former head of the tax group at Venable LLP for over two decades. The team has strength advising foundations, charities, think-tanks, and other non-profits on taxation issues and represents them before federal agencies. Counsel Julie Kulovits in Chicago focuses on governance issues for non-profits, whilst Nisha Thakker , who was promoted to the partnership in January 2022, handles day-to-day operations and development. The group manages internal compliance work and employment related issues.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Tenenbaum

Other key lawyers:

Nisha Thakker; Julie Kulovits


’Tenenbaum Law Group didn’t miss a beat during COVID-19, despite an increased workload with event cancellation negotiations, PPP loan questions and Employee Retention Tax credit questions. They provide expertise in the not-for-profit industry and during the last year have provided informed advice regarding a range of issues including COVID-19 specific issues, bylaws and board governance, filing an Amicus Curaie Brief, an hotel negotiations.’

‘This is the most responsive legal firm that I have worked with in my career. They are quick to respond and quick to provide work product. Some firms tend to ramble, but not the Tenenbaum Law Group. They listen to our concerns and provide clear, concise responses.’

‘Jeff Tenenbaum is particularly effective in responding quickly and caring about his clients’ success. He also gives back to the community, frequently providing webinars and learning session (often complimentary) about timely legal issues.’

Jeff and Nisha are an incredible team – they get how their work impacts their clients – not just legally, but operationally and financially as well.

Jeff Tenenbaum is a leading expert in non-profit law. He is extremely knowledgeable and responsive to client questions and concerns.’

Jeff Tenenbaum and his team are exceptional partners for associations in their legal and governance needs. Tenenbaum is smart, practical, and easy to work with.’

TLG is extremely responsive and gets work done quickly. Jeff Tenenbaum has a very practical, real-world approach to solving problems, which makes him a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Air Force Association

Alliance for Automotive Innovation

America’s Blood Centers

American Academy of Anesthesiologist Assistants

American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry

American Academy of Family Physicians

American Academy of Pediatrics Georgia Chapter

American Airlines

American Association for Clinical Chemistry

American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists

Association for the Study of Higher Education

Association for Women in Science

Association Management Center

Association Management Strategies

Work highlights

  • Advising the charity regulators of a large state’s Attorney General’s office investigating a charitable organization’s activities, including whether a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity impermissibly engaged in political activity, lobbying, and self- dealing in contravention of the state’s nonprofit regulatory statutes and whether such organization’s fundraising solicitations constituted deceptive or misleading marketing.
  • Advised a large industry trade association client and its Board of Directors on a governance overhaul to align with association industry and IRS best practices.
  • Advised one of the nation’s largest conservation nonprofits with detailed analysis on potential liability regarding client’s involvement as a large grant-maker in a significant regional environmental remediation project.

Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC is a nationally recognized, four-attorney boutique Washington, DC-based law firm specializing in the representation of nonprofit organizations and related entities across the United States. Serving primarily as outside general counsel, the firm advises charities, trade and professional associations, international NGOs, arts and cultural institutions, foundations, and other nonprofits – as well as companies and executives that work with or provide services to nonprofits – on the broad array of legal issues and challenges they face. The firm brings decades of Big Law experience to bear with small firm cost-efficiency, responsiveness, and turnaround time. With a focus on workable, impactful solutions, spirited defense and advocacy, a practical understanding of the broader nonprofit context, and attorneys who take their work – but not themselves – very seriously, TLG prides itself on partnering with its clients in a strategic manner to help ensure maximum effectiveness and results.

Managing partner Jeff Tenenbaum is widely recognized as one of the nation’s most accomplished nonprofit legal practitioners, a top leader in the nonprofit bar, and a distinguished thought leader and active participant in the nonprofit legal community. Partner Nisha Thakker has spent most of her 15-year legal career in-house in the nonprofit legal world, bringing a unique, invaluable perspective to the practice. Counsel Julie Kulovits spent six years as in-house general counsel of a North American professional medical association and prior to that was a civil litigator in private practice for ten years.  Counsel Susan Hamsher spent the majority of her 13-year legal career as an in-house attorney at The Nature Conservancy – one of the world’s largest charities – and most recently was a senior associate at a boutique Washington, DC law firm focused exclusively on the representation of nonprofit organizations. Nisha, Julie, and Susan are all very active in the nonprofit legal community.

At TLG, we don’t just respond to legal questions, issues and challenges. Our lawyers think strategically with our clients to understand what their underlying goals and concerns are, develop creative solutions and options, talk through the pros and cons of various approaches, and help them make the best decisions for their organizations. Because of our combined decades of nonprofit law practice, we rarely have to reinvent the wheel, which not only provides for much more cost efficiency, but also enables us to take our advice and counsel to the next, deeper level.

We don’t tell our clients, “No, you can’t do that,” because that is almost never the case. With a nuanced understanding of the many complex laws and regulations that govern nonprofit organizations – in wide and diverse areas of law that often overlap and sometimes even work at cross-purposes – we are virtually always able to come up with workable alternatives and structures while helping our clients navigate the potential pitfalls. Our extensive experience in the nonprofit arena also enables us to never give legal advice in a vacuum, but rather to take into account the broader political, financial, business, and governance context, providing more wholistic legal counsel to our clients.

Our lawyers are volunteer leaders in the nonprofit community – with industry groups such as the American Society of Association Executives, the American Bar Association, the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, the American Association of Medical Society Executives, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, Humentum, and the Finance & Administration Roundtable, among others – helping to further our deep connection to and with the sector. We have and continue to chair and serve on key nonprofit legal industry panels, and we are frequent speakers and authors on nonprofit legal topics, delivering over 75 presentations per year and publishing over 25 articles per year on new developments and critical issues.

Our attorneys serve as a continual resource to others seeking nonprofit legal expertise – not only our clients, but to members of the print, television, radio, and online media, federal and state charity regulators, industry trade groups, academics, and nonprofit industry professionals in related fields, such as accounting, insurance, and consulting.

While awards and honors don’t make great lawyers, over 15 years of annual recognition from all of the leading bestowers of such awards and honors is acknowledgment in which our attorneys take humble gratification.

Finally, we take the greatest pride in the long-term relationships we have built with our clients – some over 15-20 years in duration – as well as the continuous stream of referrals we receive from our clients, nonprofit executives, professionals who practice in the sector, and many others. That is the ultimate testament to the work we do.

Managing Partner Jeffrey S. Tenenbaumjtenenbaum@TenenbaumLegal.com202-221-8002
Partner Nisha G. Thakkernthakker@TenenbaumLegal.com202-221-8004
Counsel Julie B. Kulovitsjkulovits@TenenbaumLegal.com202-221-8006
Counsel Susan C. Hamshershamsher@TenenbaumLegal.com202-250-3632
Legal Administrative Assistant Arlethea Adamsaadams@TenenbaumLegal.com202-221-8005
Paralegal Courtney C. Tuckerctucker@TenenbaumLegal.com202-250-3626
Managing Partner : 1
Partner : 1
Counsel : 2
Legal Administrative Assistant : 1
Paralegal : 1
ABA (American Bar Association)
American Society of Association Executives
Association Forum of Chicagland
Florida Society of Association Executives