Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC

Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC is a nationally recognized, 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 the utmost effectiveness and results. The firm’s Managing Partner 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, while the firm’s Counsel has spent most of her career in-house in the nonprofit legal world, bringing a unique, invaluable perspective to the practice. TLG's extensive experience in the nonprofit arena enables it to avoid giving legal advice in a vacuum, but rather it takes into account the broader political, financial, business, and governance context, providing more wholistic legal counsel to its clients, and maximizing its clients' ability to successfully advance their missions and achieve their goals.

Meet Our Team

Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum's Profile Image
Jeff is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit attorneys, and a highly regarded and frequent author, lecturer, media commentator, and expert witness on nonprofit legal matters. Formerly the longtime chair of one of the country’s largest nonprofit law practices, he serves as a trusted adviser to his clients on the wide array of legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations. Jeff is the recipient of numerous distinguished national awards and honors, including the American Bar Association's Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award, has been one of only a handful of “Leading Lawyers” in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500 Not-for-Profit rankings and one of only five in its Not-for-Profit “Hall of Fame,” and has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America and Washington, DC Super Lawyers in their nonprofit categories annually for many years. Jeff is the author of the book, Association Tax Compliance Guide, published by the American Society of Association Executives. He is AV® Peer-Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible.
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Nisha G. Thakker's Profile Image
Nisha is an experienced in-house nonprofit attorney and senior-level business partner. Formerly the associate general counsel of a large REALTOR® association in Northern Virginia, she has a broad understanding of nonprofit legal matters as well as business operations, governance, and development. Through her work at a Washington, DC-based association management company, Nisha advised her association clients on operational efficiencies and risk-management considerations. She also served as an advisor to several of the company’s additional clients and provided association legal counsel company-wide. Nisha’s previous roles were in policy advocacy at an impactful DC-based nonprofit, and as co-founder and director of an organization fighting juvenile recidivism by teaching constitutional literacy and civic responsibilities to juveniles in detention. Nisha has an extremely practical, contextual approach to the practice of law, driven by 12 years of in-house nonprofit legal experience.
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Honors and Recognitions

The Best Law Firms

TLG is very proud to have been awarded – in its first year of existence – the (top) Tier 1 designation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for Nonprofit/Charities Law for 2021 by Best Law Firms/U.S. News & World Report. The firm is one of only six law firms in the region to have been granted this distinguished 2021 honor.