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    • Harvard Law School (J.D., 1978)
    • New York University School of Law (L.L.M. in trade regulation, 1985)
    • Harvard College (B.A., cum laude, 1974)

Practice Groups

David G. Samuels


Mr. Samuels is the Chair of the Firm’s Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group and is a member of the  Firm's Litigation and Arbitration Practice Group and its Employment Practice Group.


Mr. Samuels is a recognized expert on a wide range of issues involving charitable organizations, including compensation, governance, fiduciary duty, self-dealing and conflict of interest.  He has extensive experience representing numerous and varied public charities and private foundations, including social service agencies, grant-making foundations, mental health facilities, educational organizations, and religious institutions.  His clients include New York University, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Social Science Research Council, The Workmen’s Circle, Littauer Foundation, Atran Foundation, Council for Economic Education, Pencils of Promise, Gateway Counseling, Brooklyn Hospital, Statue of LIberty / Ellis Island Foundation and the YWCA of the City of New York.


Mr. Samuels was Deputy Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau from 1987 to 1995.  Additionally, he is the former chair of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association. 


Further, Mr. Samuels (i) represents targets of investigations and inquiries from government agencies (including the New York Attorney General); (ii) frequently deals with the Attorney General on regulatory matters, including sales, mergers, dissolutions, and cy pres applications; (iii) teaches a course on Charitable Organizations as an adjunct professor at New York Law School; (iv) has chaired and participated in numerous continuing legal education and accounting education programs on nonprofit issues; (v) serves as the lead editor and co-author of a treatise, Nonprofit Compensation, Benefits, and Employment Law; (vi) has written extensively on nonprofit issues; and (vii) is an experienced civil and appellate litigator and employment lawyer.


David Samuels was named the Best Lawyers® 2016 Non-Profit / Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New York City. “Lawyer of the Year" recognitions are awarded to individual attorneys with the highest overall peer-feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Only one lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location.


Best Lawyers® compiles its rankings through peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Mr. Samuels was previously a partner at Perlman & Perlman and at Butler, Fitzgerald & Potter.  

Mr. Samuels is admitted to practice in New York. 


  • Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Former-Chair)

  • Adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, Charitable Organizations


  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2008–2018) Non-Profit/Charities Law

  • Super Lawyers: New York Metro: 2007-2017

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