Mr Ofer Lion > Seyfarth Shaw LLP > Los Angeles (Downtown), United States > Lawyer Profile

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
SUITE 3900
LOS ANGELES , CA 90071-1406
United States

Work Department


Partner, Co-Leader of Tax-Exempt Organizations Team, and Office Chair of Los Angeles Downtown Corporate


Ofer has represented nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations in a wide range of tax, transactional, corporate, governance, and fiduciary matters, including formation, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, international activities and affiliations, unrelated business taxable income, joint ventures, program-related investments, political activities and lobbying, audits and tax controversies, tax return review, tax-exempt bonds, and dissolutions.

He has extensively represented companies in all aspects of transactional tax matters, including mergers and acquisitions (domestic and cross-border taxable transactions, tax-free spin-offs, Section 351 transactions and corporate reorganizations), equity and debt securities finance, partnerships and private equity funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs), bankruptcy reorganizations, debt restructurings, and state and local tax issues.

Ofer has been quoted as a tax-exempt organizations authority in numerous news stories, including on NPR, by The Associated Press, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journalthe Los Angeles TimesTax AnalystsThe Huffington Post,, and

He has taught “Tax-Exempt Organizations: Law and Practice” as an adjunct professor at the UCLA School of Law. In 2020, Ofer was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel. The College provides recognition to leading members of the Bar who have made significant contributions to the understanding and improvement of the tax system.


  • JD, UCLA School of Law
  • BA, Pennsylvania State University

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Tax > US taxes: non-contentious

Seyfarth Shaw LLP enjoys an especially strong reputation in the real estate capital markets space, working with a mix of REITs and other institutional investors on a range of acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. The team is also noted for its capabilities as an advisor to tax-exempt organizations and life sciences entities. Chicago-based tax practice co-head and corporate department chair Steven Meier is highly experienced in various alternative investment ventures, including Qualified Opportunity Funds and like-kind exchange programs. New York-based practice co-head John Napoli routinely advises on real estate fund formations, including REITs and UPREITs, while on the West Coast, Los Angeles-based Douglas Mancino focuses on healthcare activities. Ofer Lion is recommended for his non-profit expertise.

United States > Tax > Not-for-profit (nonprofit and tax exempt organizations)

The tax-exempt practice at Seyfarth Shaw LLP is housed in Los Angeles and has extensive transactional tax expertise and experience in regulatory compliance for higher education and healthcare sector clients. Jointly managed by Ofer Lion and experienced practitioner Douglas Mancino, the team handles non-profit formation, international operations and lobbying and political activity for large public charities. It can also leverage its firm wide litigation offering to handle tax-related disputes. Senior counsel Christian Canas advises on exempt status formation and operational matters whilst Richard Schwartz in New York is the contact for hospitals on employee benefits, having over three decades of experience in this area. Lisa Schaures joined the team in Seattle from Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in September 2021 and advises non-profits on corporate tax issues.