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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 2013
  • District of Columbia, 2010
  • New York, 2009


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David A. Lawson

David Lawson advises clients on matters related to tax exemption and charitable giving. He represents tax-exempt organizations, their donors, and businesses seeking to contribute to their communities. His areas of focus include acquisition and maintenance of tax-exempt status; corporate governance, including executive compensation issues; compliance with rules governing private foundations and donor-advised funds; cause marketing, including commercial co-venture regulation; corporate giving programs; unrelated business income tax issues; and IRS examinations. His clients include major health care and educational organizations; corporations engaged in charitable giving and cause marketing; corporate, family, and community foundations; trade associations; and major social service providers.

Representative Experience

Procedures for rebuttable presumption of reasonableness for tax exempt organizations

Assist boards of tax-exempt organizations, their compensation committees and human resources departments with designing and implementing procedures for approving executive compensation to create a “rebuttable presumption” of reasonableness under the federal tax law “excess benefit” rules in order to protect the organization, its executives and board members. (Ongoing)

Additional Qualifications

  • Associate, Caplin & Drysdale, Chartered, Washington, D.C., 2010-2012
  • Associate, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, Washington, D.C., 2008-2010

Professional & Community Activities

  • Tax Section, American Bar Association
  • Tax Section, District of Columbia Bar Association