Practice Groups:


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



  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2007–2013) Non-Profit/Charities Law
  • Listed, New York Super Lawyers (2007–2013)



  • Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association (Former-Chair)
  • Adjunct professor of law at New York Law School, Charitable Organizations




David G. Samuels


(212) 692-5981

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David G. Samuels joined the Firm in 2006.  He is chair of the Firm’s Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Group and is a member of the Firm’s Litigation Department and its Employment Practice Group.


Mr. Samuels 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 Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation, Hebrew Academy for Special Children, Gateway Counseling, Jewish Association for Services for the Aged, New Horizon Counseling Center, Polytechnic University, Social Science Research Council, and the YWCA of the City of New York. 


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


Mr. Samuels received an A.B. degree (cum laude) from Harvard College in 1974, a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1978, and an LL.M. from NYU School of Law in 1985.  Mr. Samuels was Deputy Chief of the New York Attorney General’s Charities Bureau from 1987 to 1995.  He was previously a partner at Perlman & Perlman and at Butler, Fitzgerald & Potter.  Mr. Samuels is licensed in New York.

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