Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC

Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC is a nationally recognized, Washington, DC-based law firm – with offices in DC and Chicago – specializing in the representation of nonprofit organizations and related entities across the United States. Serving primarily as outside general counsel, the firm advises senior management and boards of directors of 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 best practices, 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, all while exercising great judgment. 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, a frequent media commentator and expert witness on nonprofit legal issues, and a distinguished thought leader and active participant in the nonprofit legal community. Partner and TLG Co-Founder 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. She is a key leader in the firm. Counsel Julie Kulovits spent six years as in-house general counsel of a North American professional medical association and prior to that was a commercial 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. 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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Julie B. Kulovits 's Profile Image
Julie is an experienced in-house nonprofit attorney and former litigator. She served as in-house general counsel of the North American Spine Society for six years. Julie provided legal advice on all aspects of the Society’s operations, but also served as a member of the association’s executive management team. She understands the legal, operational, and governance challenges facing nonprofits and is very experienced in providing practical, understandable, usable legal advice to address all of these considerations. Immediately prior, Julie spent ten years in private practice as a civil litigator. She worked on complex cases from a variety of backgrounds, including contract, employment, copyright, class action, and premises liability cases. This experience has helped Julie to assess a client’s risk profile and offer advice on how to avoid, or if necessary, navigate this complex arena.
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Susan C. Hamsher's Profile Image
Susan Hamsher is a nonprofit attorney with experience providing legal advice in private practice and in-house at one of the world’s largest charities. She excels at incorporating complex legal requirements into effective and practical solutions to advance the strategic business objectives of her clients. Susan has a broad understanding of nonprofit legal matters as well as business operations, governance, and development. She has developed multiple systems to ensure organizational compliance, including lobbying expense tracking and timekeeping systems, filing schedules and calendars, and a wide range of policies and procedures. Prior to joining the TLG, Susan was a senior associate at a boutique law firm in Washington, DC focused exclusively on tax-exempt organizations. Prior to that, she worked as an in-house attorney for over eight years at The Nature Conservancy.
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Honors and Recognition

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. 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®, and then again for 2022. The firm is one of only six law firms in the region to have been granted this distinguished Tier 1 honor in 2021 and 2022, and the only boutique firm among them. The unsolicited testimonials received by Best Law Firms/U.S. News & World Report® from our clients – which can be read here – are very gratifying and speak well to the nature of our legal work.

TLG’s Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum is one of only six attorneys in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500’s Not-for-Profit Hall of Fame, is listed in the 2012-22 editions of The Best Lawyers in America®/U.S. News & World Report® for Nonprofit/Charities Law nationally, and was selected for inclusion in the 2014-21 editions of Washington, DC Super Lawyers in the Nonprofit Organizations category.