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For the Third Year in a Row, TLG Has Been “Ranked“by the Prestigious U.S. Legal 500 in the 2024 National Not-for-Profit Category – One of Only 19 Law Firms Nationwide and the Only Boutique Firm

For the third year in a row, the Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC has been “ranked” by the prestigious U.S. Legal 500 for 2024 in its 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 is Legal 500’s 2024 editorial overview of the firm:

“Boutique firm Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC has seen rapid growth since its establishment in 2020 and now works with an expansive roster of clients from the medical, sustainability, and cultural sectors, among others. Jeffrey Tenenbaum leads the team and is known as ‘a leading expert in the field’, covering a broad range of issues relating to IP, antitrust, and charitable gift restrictions in addition to handling internal investigations. Nisha Thakker, who co-founded the firm alongside Tenenbaum, has a particular focus on corporate governance, development, and risk management. Susan Hamsher is a further key name. All named lawyers are based in Washington DC.”

Here are excerpts from the 2024 published Legal 500 client testimonials:

‘This practice is unique because of their focus of expertise and practical solutions. They understand the business realities associations face and are not interested in simply telling them what “the law says”. Rather, they are interested in helping guide you through the nuances of a risk assessment to determine what course of action is the best for your association’s business operations.’

‘The firm specializes in everything tax-exempt nonprofit. There’s not a subject related to that world for which they lack the expertise.’

‘Jeff Tenenbaum is an excellent advisor, understanding all the needs of nonprofits with contacts throughout the sector and a personal touch that makes you feel like you’re his only client.’

‘Jeff Tenenbaum is a leading expert in the field of nonprofit law.’

‘Jeff is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

In addition to other honors and recognitions, in its first four years of existence (2020-24), TLG was awarded the (top) Tier 1 designation in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for Nonprofit/Charities Law by Best Law Firms. TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was the 2006 recipient of the American Bar Association’s Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer of the Year Award, is one of only five attorneys in the prestigious U.S. Legal 500’s Not-for-Profit Hall of Fame, is listed in the 2012-24 editions of Best Lawyers for Nonprofit/Charities Law nationally, and is listed in the 2014-24 editions of Super Lawyers in its Nonprofit Organizations category.

Attorney(s): Jeff Tenenbaum, Nisha Thakker, Susan Hamsher, Holly Peterson, Kevin Serafino

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted in Tax Notes Article About New Challenge to Constitutionality of 501(c)(3) Ban on Political Campaign Activity

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was quoted extensively in a Tax Notes article entitled, “Group Lays Groundwork to Test Tax Code Political Donation Limits.” The U.S. Tax Court petition filed on March 29, 2024 by “SAFE SPACE” seeks a declaratory judgment regarding its qualification as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, despite its planned political campaign and extensive lobbying activities.

The case is designed to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted in CEO Update Article, “Associations Need Policies to Guard Against Pitfalls of AI Use”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was quoted in the CEO Update article, “Associations Need Policies to Guard Against Pitfalls of AI Us.” “Some associations are using generative AI to screen resumes and recorded interviews with job candidates.

Groups should be aware that AI platforms have bias built in, said nonprofit attorney Jeff Tenenbaum, who wrote an article on AI legal risks for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today and is managing partner of Tenenbaum Law Group. “If you end up not hiring certain candidates and it turns out they were weeded out because of some AI screening platform that is discriminating on the basis of some protected characteristic, that creates liability risk,” Tenenbaum said.

“For anyone who’s using AI in any aspect of employee hiring, performance management or anything else, it’s particularly risky from a discrimination perspective,” he said.

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted in ASAE’s Inroads Article, “Ways & Means Inquiry into Tax-Exempt Orgs’ ‘Political Campaign Intervention’ May Have Unintended Consequences”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was quoted in an ASAE Inroads article entitled, “Ways & Means Inquiry into Tax-Exempt Orgs’ ‘Political Campaign Intervention’ May Have Unintended Consequences.” “Noting the potential for a significant impact across the non-profit community, association attorney Jeff Tenenbaum, Managing Partner of the Tenenbaum Law Group, said, ‘Any time that Congress revisits existing requirements, limitations, and prohibitions for any category of tax-exempt organization, there is the risk of a spillover effect and unintended consequences for all tax-exempt entities.

We have seen that happen numerous times in the past. Even though the initial inquiry may be focused on 501(c)(4)/(c)(3) affiliations in the political campaign space, any new rules put into place to regulate that space have a high likelihood of adversely affecting the very important 501(c)(6)/(c)(3) affiliations that exist throughout the association community.’”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted in Bloomberg News Article, “US ‘Dark Money’ Donor Groups Accuse Each Other of Abusing System”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was quoted in an August 15, 2023 Bloomberg News article entitled, “US ‘Dark Money’ Donor Groups Accuse Each Other of Abusing System.” “Though the allegations about Leo and Kessler are partisan, legal experts say the concerns they raise have been taken seriously by the IRS in the past. Jeffrey Tenenbaum, a lawyer specializing in representing nonprofits, declined to comment on the specific allegations but said the IRS has a history of cracking down on abuse of tax-exempt status for ‘private inurement’ and ‘private benefit.’”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted Extensively in NACE Insights Article About Avoiding Potential Legal Pitfalls Associated with AI Use

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum is quoted extensively in a NACE Insights article about avoiding the potential legal pitfalls associated with AI use.

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted in NonProfit Times Article, “Hackers Extorting and Offering Booty To Charity”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum was quoted in an article in The NonProfit Times entitled, “Hackers Extorting and Offering Booty To Charity.” “’Nonprofit recipients of these ill-begotten gains would likely not be criminally liable themselves, assuming they received the funds unknowingly and were not complicit.’

But they ‘may well be forced to return the money,’ said attorney Jeff Tenenbaum, whose Washington, D.C. firm advises hundreds of nonprofits across the country. Just what charities can do proactively to guard against such scenarios is less clear.

For all of them, it probably makes sense to be leery of large dollar gifts that don’t pass the smell test, but ‘I don’t know what they could do except to screen their large donors to the extent possible,’ Tenenbaum said.”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum Quoted Extensively in Chronicle of Philanthropy Article, “How Nonprofits Can Avoid A.I. Ethical and Legal Pitfalls”

TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum is quoted extensively in an article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy entitled, “How Nonprofits Can Avoid A.I. Ethical and Legal Pitfalls,” addressing legal issues involving privacy, bias in employment actions, intellectual property, and tort liability.

TLG Once Again “Ranked” by the Prestigious U.S. Legal 500 in the 2023 National Not-for-Profit Category – One of Only 19 Law Firms Nationwide and the Only Boutique Firm

Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC has once again been “ranked” by the prestigious U.S. Legal 500 for 2023 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 some excerpts from the published client testimonials:

“Experienced managing partner and co-founder Jeffrey Tenenbaum is the ‘highly skillful, caring, and practical’ practice head leading the group at Tenenbaum Law Group PLLC in Washington DC. Tenenbaum, who is active in the nonprofit bar, is emblematic of the group’s ‘rich and deep understanding of the nonprofit and trade association ecosystem’, leveraged to act as outside general counsel for different types of clients such as charities, trade and professional associations, international NGOs, conservation groups, and educational and health care institutions, with Nisha Thakker, who co-founded the group, a key name for healthcare work.”

“Jeffrey has years of experience in the non-profit space. Since starting his own practice, we have found him to be extremely responsive, as well as realistic.”

“The group has a rich and deep understanding of the non-profit and trade association ecosystem and therefore has experience and understanding of any situation and issue that may arise for any particular organization. They are very responsive, respectful, genuine in their desire to do good for their clients. They have also responded very well to adapting to the changing office environments resulting from the pandemic.”

“Jeffrey Tenenbaum is very knowledgeable, fastidious, and personable. He is able to drill down to the very heart of the issue and articulate it so that my board and other stakeholders understand any issue from all angles and the options before us. He has been a great resource for a number of items, whether it’s launching a new foundation, templates for bylaws, employment contracts, or affiliate partnerships, Jeff is a great resource to go to.”

“Jeffrey Tenenbaum is exceptional. Highly skillful, caring, and practical.”

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 and 2023. The firm is one of only six law firms in the region to have been granted this distinguished Tier 1 honor (and one of only four “client-confirmed” firms) and the only boutique firm among them.

Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch Quotes TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch quotes TLG Managing Partner Jeff Tenenbaum in “Experts: VDARE’s Real Estate Deals May Cost Group Nonprofit Status”: “The VDARE Foundation, a nonprofit based in New York that leading white nationalist activist Peter Brimelow founded in 2008, purchased the castle for $1.4 million in February 2020. The foundation serves as an umbrella organization for VDARE’s website, which it claims is a nonprofit journalistic outlet but consists of anti-immigrant and white nationalist posts.

The hate group used donations for the purchase, according to court documents.” “Jeff Tenenbaum, a managing partner at the Washington, D.C.-based Tenenbaum Law Group, which specializes in federal nonprofit law, told Hatewatch he did not have enough information on the real estate deals and VDARE’s composition to make a judgement.

He said, however, they ‘could be very improper. … Anytime there is personal benefit to the founders/directors/managers of a nonprofit deriving from the nonprofit, it gives rise to potential private inurement and impermissible private benefit.’ Tenenbaum said such potential benefits ‘can pose a risk to the organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.”