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Celia Roady

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A partner in the tax practice at Morgan Lewis, Celia Roady counsels tax-exempt organizations on tax and governance issues. Charities, foundations, colleges and universities, museums, and other nonprofits are among her clients. Celia advises private foundations and public charities on operational and programmatic issues, including the structuring of complex grants, program-related investments, joint ventures and collaboration arrangements. Tax-exempt organizations turn to Celia for advice on issues such as executive compensation, private foundation excise taxes, unrelated business income, corporate sponsorships, lobbying and campaign intervention, and board governance practices. She regularly represents tax-exempt organizations in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, as well as seeking IRS rulings and determinations. For more information, view Celia’s bio at


Celia has been recognized by myriad publications for her legal skills, and served on the IRS advisory committee on tax-exempt and government entities from 2010 to 2013. She chairs Georgetown University Law Center’s annual conference, “Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations,” and frequently writes and speaks on nonprofit issues. 


Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 1979; Duke University School of Law, J.D., 1976; Duke University, A.B., 1973

United States: Tax

Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)

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Celia Roady - Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Within: Not-for-profit (Fortune 1000 private foundations, and national trade associations and charities)

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has 'great depth of experience in advising a wide range of tax-exempt organizations', including major public charities and foundations, trade associations, colleges and universities, hospitals, museums, and low-income housing organizations. Based primarily in the firm's Washington DC office, the team is jointly led by Celia Roady, who provides 'wise and thoughtful advice on issues that extend beyond purely legal issues', Matthew Elkin, who has particular expertise in transactional matters, and San Francisco-based tax head Barton Bassett. The group's work for some of the world's largest foundations is demonstrative of its standing in the market, particularly when it comes to investment-related issues with for-profit companies. Moreover, its service covers the full range of matters, including tax compliance, corporate structuring, and governance. Alexander Reid is also recommended.

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