Kayla Ruben counsels charitable organizations, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status. Recognizing that tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations are governed by a complex array of corporate, tax, and other regulatory regimes across various jurisdictional levels, Kayla strives to provide practicable and actionable advice to clients working to make a difference in our communities and around the world.
Her practice includes helping these institutions apply for federal and state tax exemptions; resolving corporate governance, management, and executive compensation issues; advising on a wide range of nonprofit transactions, including restructurings, dissolutions, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and fiscal sponsorships; structuring compliant grantmaking and program- and mission-related investment programs; and counseling nonprofits engaged in political and unrelated business activities.
Prior to joining Davis Wright Tremaine, Kayla advised companies and investment funds on the tax aspects of mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, private and public securities offerings, private equity transactions, and bankruptcy and financial restructurings.
Advising Tax-Exempt Organizations
Mergers and Acquisitions
Investment Fund Formation
Admitted to Practice
J.D., Washington University School of Law, 2017, magna cum laude
- Notes Editor, Washington University Law Review
- Chair, Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition
- Order of the Coif
- Dean's List
B.A., Psychology, University of California, Davis, 2013, with honors
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Dean's List
- Associate, 2017-2021; Summer Associate, 2016; Kirkland & Ellis LLP, San Francisco
- Legal Extern, Phillips Black, St. Louis, 2017
- Law Clerk, Children's Law Center of California, Sacramento, Calif., 2015