David A. Shevlin

David Shevlin is a Partner at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and is Head of the Exempt Organizations Practice. He advises a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including all forms of private foundations and public charities. David also advises donors to and the governing bodies of exempt organizations. In particular, David has been involved in advising governing bodies of exempt organizations in connection with internal investigations. He provides counsel to a number of endowed universities, foundations, hospitals and cultural institutions with respect to the investment of their endowments.

David has been recognized as a leading not-for-profit lawyer in The Legal 500 United States (2013) and as a leading practitioner in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2008–2013). He was recently selected as a member of the David Rockefeller Fellows Class of 2015 and named The Best Lawyers in America’s"Lawyer of the Year" for Non-Profit/Charities Law for New York City (2014-2015). In addition, he regularly speaks and writes on topics of relevance to exempt organizations.

David is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Taxation Committee on Exempt Organizations. The Committee is considered the nation’s leading exempt organizations practitioners group. He will become Chair of the Committee in two years. David’s recent professional associations have included membership with the Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation, where he served as Co-Chair of the Sub-Committee on Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI), and was a member of the ABA Coordinating Committee on Nonprofit Governance. He also served as Chair of the Exempt Organizations Committee Task Force on the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act. He served on the American Bar Association Task Force that published a guide to the impact of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on nonprofit organizations. David also served on the Editorial Board of White on New York Corporations, a leading treatise on New York corporate law.

David serves on the Board of Directors of Doctors Without Borders USA and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and Secretary of that organization.

David earned his J.D., magna cum laude, at New York University, where he was named a member of Order of the Coif, and earned his B.S. degree from Cornell University, where he was named a Presidential Scholar.

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Areas of Practice 1) Exempt Organizations and 2) Corporate
Law School New York University School of Law
Most recent firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
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