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Mr. Samuels is the Chair of Duval & Stachenfeld'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, Daytop Village, Omega Institute, Council for Economic Education, Institute of International Education, Pencils of Promise, Gateway Counseling, 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.

Contact & Links


  • 521 Fifth Avenue, 30th Floor
    New York, NY 10175


  • Harvard University Law School , JD, graduated 1978
  • Harvard University, A. B. American Government and Politics, graduated 1974

Bar Admissions

  • New York State Bar Association


  • New York Law School, Charitable Organizations - Adjunct Professor
  • Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association - Former-Chair

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2018 - Nonprofit / Charities Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Nonprofit / Charities Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law, New York City (2018)
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law, New York City (2016)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Nonprofit / Charities Law


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