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Nisha Thakker

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Nisha Thakker 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 recent 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 in-house association legal counsel company-wide.

Nisha began her post-law school career in policy advocacy at the Legal Action Center, an impactful nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, where she advocated on behalf of individuals with criminal records and substance abuse histories seeking to reenter society. She represented the Center in several criminal justice and health policy-related coalitions and roundtables involved in advocacy and grassroots outreach.

While still in law school, Nisha co-founded the National Youth Justice Alliance – an organization whose mission is to fight juvenile recidivism by teaching constitutional literacy and civic responsibilities to juveniles in detention – and helped lead it for many years, developing the curriculum and recruiting and managing volunteers.

As associate general counsel for the Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, Nisha provided the Association’s 12,000+ members with legal guidance on local real estate matters through courses, online videos, and published articles. In addition, she co-managed a members-only Legal Hotline where she answered nuanced legal questions related to the real estate industry (on topics such as real estate transactions, contracts, ethics, and arbitration), and she frequently taught real estate law courses and sessions onboarding new members to the Association. Nisha also reviewed and negotiated contracts with vendors and others and coordinated compliance requirements as mandated by the National Association of REALTORS®, including trademark enforcement. She later served as Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships.

Nisha has an extremely practical, contextual approach to the practice of law, driven by 12 years of in-house nonprofit legal experience.

Nisha’s dedication to the nonprofit and association community is highlighted by her continued volunteer work. She currently sits on the Legal Advisory Council of the American Society of Association Executives and is an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region and its’ Nonprofits & Associations Forum.

Education

  • J.D., Washington College of Law, American University, 2007
  • B.A., English, George Washington University, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • 2020-2021, Member, American Society of Association Executives’ 2021 Program Advisory Committee
  • 2019-2020, Member, American Society of Association Executives’ 2020 Program Advisory Committee
  • 2019-Present, Member, American Society of Association Executives’ Legal Advisory Council
  • 2007-Present, Member, South Asian Bar Association
  • 2018, Member, National Association of REALTORS®, Association Executives Committee Governance Best Practices Work Group
  • 2017-18, Member, Association of Corporate Counsel National Capital Region’s Nonprofits & Associations Forum Working Group
  • 2019, Emerging Leader Designee, AMC Institute
  • 2019, Senior Associate, Association Management Strategies, Washington, DC
  • 2017-19, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships, Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, Fairfax, VA
  • 2012-17, Associate General Counsel, Northern Virginia Association of REALTORS®, Fairfax, VA
  • 2011-12, Curriculum Developer, Management Concepts, Inc., Vienna, VA
  • 2007-15, Co-Founder and Director, National Youth Justice Alliance, Washington, DC
  • 2007-09, Policy Associate, Legal Action Center, Washington, DC

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Aug
4

Avoiding Association Bylaw and Governance Pitfalls (Presentation), 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Nashville, TN

Jul
14

Whisk in Risk: Top Legal Risks Facing Nonprofits, (Presentation), Nonprofit Risk Management Center’s Virtual Risk Summit (Risk Management Fundamentals)

Oct
21

Beyond Force Majeure: Navigating Hotel and Venue Contracts in a (Post?)-COVID World (Presentation), Wisconsin Society of Association Executives’ 2021 Annual Summit

Jan
29
Apr
29
Apr
9
Mar
27

Legal Strategies for Association Meetings (Article), American Society of Association Executives

Mar
25

Legal Strategies for Nonprofit Meetings During COVID-19 (Article), Exempt and The NonProfit Times

Mar
23

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Aug
4
August 21, 2022
Avoiding Association Bylaw and Governance Pitfalls, 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Nashville, TN
Jul
12
July 20, 2022
Whisk in Risk: Top Legal Risks Facing Nonprofits, Nonprofit Risk Management Center’s Virtual Risk Summit (Risk Management Fundamentals)
Sep
14
October 21, 2021
Beyond Force Majeure: Navigating Hotel and Venue Contracts in a (Post?)-COVID World, Wisconsin Society of Association Executives’ 2021 Annual Summit, Brookfield, WI
Sep
10
September 14, 2021
Meeting Contracts: Ask the Association Attorneys (Webinar), National Council for Mental Wellbeing’s State Assocation Executives
Aug
26
September 13, 2021
Feb
16
August 18, 2021
Evolving Legal Considerations During and Beyond COVID-19: Ask the Association Attorneys, 2021 American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting (Virtual)
Aug
11
August 11, 2021
Legal Considerations for the Future of Meetings (Webinar), Capital Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association
May
20
August 5, 2021
Stump the Association Attorneys! (Webinar), Financial Planning Association Chapters (Webinar)
May
27
July 13, 2021
Codes of Ethics: Mitigating Your Association’s Legal Risk (Webinar), American Society of Association Executives’ Essentials of Association Ethics Online Seminar Series
Apr
28
June 3, 2021
Ethical Code of Conduct Considerations in a Virtual Environment, American Society of Association Executives 2021 Virtual Marketing, Membership & Communications Conference (Virtual)
May
18
May 18, 2021
Stump the Association Attorneys! (Webinar), Association Management Strategies

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Jun
8

Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC has been “ranked” by the prestigious U.S. Legal 500 for 2022 in the national Not-for-Profit category. One of only 19 law firms ranked nationwide and the only boutique firm, this is a highly coveted, distinguished honor. TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum is also one of only five members of the U.S. Legal 500 Not-for-Profit Hall of Fame. Details can be found here and here.

Here are excerpts from the published client testimonials:

“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 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.”

“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 Curiae Brief, and hotel negotiations.”

In addition to other honors and recognitions, in its first year of existence, TLG was awarded 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 the firm’s clients can be read here.

Feb
3

The Tenenbaum Law Group (TLG) is pleased to announce the addition of Counsel Susan Hamsher to the firm. Resident in the firm’s Washington, DC office, Susan is an attorney with significant experience providing a broad range of legal advice to nonprofit organizations in private practice and in-house at The Nature Conservancy, 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 brings 13 years of law practice to TLG, where she will help to service the firm’s client base of over 500 nonprofit organizations, as well as companies and executives that work with or provide services to nonprofits. Founded on January 1, 2020 by Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum and Partner Nisha Thakker – and now with four attorneys, including Counsels Julie Kulovits and Susan Hamsher – TLG is a nationally recognized, Washington, DC-based boutique law firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector, with clients across the United States.

Jan
4

The Tenenbaum Law Group (TLG) is pleased to announce the promotion of Nisha Thakker to Partner, effective January 1, 2022. A co-founder of the firm two years ago with Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum, Nisha has been an integral part of TLG since its inception and is an extremely accomplished nonprofit attorney on whom so many of the firm’s clients rely for regular legal advice and counsel. Founded on January 1, 2020 by Jeff and Nisha, TLG is a nationally recognized, Washington, DC-based, three-attorney boutique law firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector, with approximately 500 clients across the United States. The firm’s client base is composed principally of nonprofit organizations – such as trade and professional associations, charities, international NGOs, arts and cultural institutions, think tanks, health care entities, foundations, and the like – as well as select companies and executives that work with or provide services to nonprofits.

Nov
15

Tenenbaum Law Group’s Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum and Counsel Nisha Thakker are quoted extensively in this article in ASAE’s Associations Now about the fact that after trade and professional associations experienced costly event-cancellation penalties due to the pandemic, many are looking at their meeting contracts differently and incorporating new provisions when possible. Tenenbaum and Thakker offer numerous practical tips to associations in connection with the negotiation of their meeting contracts.

Associations Now

Nov
9

Following TLG Counsel Nisha Thakker’s October 26, 2021 presentation at the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives’ 2021 Annual Summit, Impact Association Management CEO and Founder Jodi Fisher published a blog entry about her takeaways from Nisha’s discussion of meeting contract considerations during and beyond COVID-19. “Though it’s not always the most thrilling topic, she did a great job keeping us engaged, throwing in some good humor, and giving us some really solid material,” said Fisher. “Contract clauses, supply and demand, and meeting planning have changed fairly significantly since the pandemic hit us, and as meeting professionals, we have to stay on top of these trends in order to protect our clients’ events. There were many, many takeaways, but here were a few that really stuck out to me,” said Fisher, as she went on to describe her four key takeaways.

Nov
4

Tenenbaum Law Group is very proud to have once again been awarded – in its second year of existence – the (top) Tier 1 designation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for Nonprofit/Charities Law for 2022 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 2022 honor in Tier 1 (there were 11 total firms in the three tiers combined) – and the only boutique firm among the six. In addition, TLG’s Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was, once again, awarded the Best Lawyers designation for 2022 for Nonprofit/Charities Law nationally by Best Law Firms/U.S. News & World Report, an honor he has received every year since 2012. Comments from a number of the firm’s clients can be found here.

Aug
13

Tenenbaum Law Group’s Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum and Counsel Nisha Thakker are quoted in this article in CEO Update about how hotels, convention centers, and other meeting venues are growing less lenient with cancellation and refund policies at this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that associations and other event organizers need to pay particular attention when negotiating force majeure and other contract language. Tenenbaum and Thakker offer up specific advice and recommendations for meeting contract clauses.

CEO Update

Apr
12

The Tenenbaum Law Group (TLG) is pleased to announce the addition of Counsel Julie Kulovits to the firm. Based in the Chicagoland area and most recently the general counsel of the North American Spine Society for the last six years – an internationally recognized association for medical professionals in the spine care field – Julie has broad-based experience with association and nonprofit legal issues. Prior to her in-house role, Julie spent a decade in private practice as a civil litigator in Illinois. Julie brings 15 years of law practice to TLG, where she will help to service the firm’s client base of over 350 associations and nonprofit organizations, as well as companies and executives that work with or provide services to nonprofits. Founded on January 1, 2020 by Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum and Counsel Nisha Thakker, TLG is a nationally recognized, Washington, DC-based boutique law firm focused exclusively on the nonprofit sector, with clients across the United States.

Nov
5

Tenenbaum Law Group is very proud to have been awarded – in its first year – 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.