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Megan E. Bell

Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

New York, NY, USA

Megan Bell is an associate in the Tax-Exempt Organizations department of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.  Ms. Bell advises public charities (including donor-advised fund sponsors and supporting organizations), private foundations, social welfare organizations, and other tax-exempt entities on tax compliance and general corporate matters.  She also assists organizations with formation and restructuring, corporate governance and policies, charitable giving and solicitation, unrelated business activities, international grant-making, joint ventures, lobbying, and political campaign activities.  Ms. Bell also has represented a variety of tax-exempt organizations in connection with Attorney General inquiries and Internal Revenue Service audits.

Ms. Bell speaks at conferences for and about non-profit organizations on a range of topics.  Most recently, Ms. Bell has spoken about audit preparedness, international disaster relief efforts, and compensation matters.  She is also active in professional and community activities, serving on the ABA Tax Section’s Committee on Tax Exempt Organizations and as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Nonprofit Organizations.  Megan is also a director of The New Press and Alaska Geographic. 

Ms. Bell received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law and her L.L.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  Ms. Bell clerked for Judge Richard C. Tallman of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2004-2005 and, prior to joining the firm, she practiced tax law at a New York-based law firm.


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