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					Douglas W. Charnas
2001 K Street N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006-1040
T: 202.857.1757
F: 202.828.2980

Mr. Charnas advises businesses on a broad range of individual, corporate and partnership
matters, including business formations, operations, acquisitions, reorganizations, taxes, and
controversies with the IRS (where he has served as a senior attorney and special assistant to the
chief counsel) and the Justice Department. His clients are in numerous industries, including
health care, retail, motor fuels and professional services. His representation of businesses
includes advising business owners on succession and complex estate planning issues. A
significant portion of his practice involves representing nonprofit organizations.

In addition to training associate lawyers in the firm, he is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law
Center, where he teaches a course on S corporations and limited liability companies in the LLM
program in tax. He is a frequent contributor to publications of the national trade associations he
represents. He co-authored and edited a comprehensive handbook for tax-exempt organizations
regarding public disclosure requirements, as well as a handbook for independent insurance
agents regarding business structures and taxation.

He is a member of the ABA Section of Taxation and Section of Business Law; the D.C. Bar
Section of Taxation and the Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Section; the Inter-American Bar
Association; and the J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court. He serves as secretary, general counsel,
and a director of the S&R Foundation; secretary and general counsel to the James J. Norris
Foundation for Migrants and Refugees and the Divino Amore Foundation; as general counsel to
the National Catholic Community Foundation and the Bill Raskob Foundation; and as a member
of the Board of Visitors of the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College.

Practice Areas
   • Business Tax
   • Executive Compensation
   • Trusts & Estates
    •    Private Wealth Services
    •    Nonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations

   • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, A.B., summa cum laude, Honors Tutorial College, 1975
   • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio, J.D., 1978
   • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., MLT (Master of Laws in
       Taxation), 1983

Fraternities or Sororities
    • Pi Kappa Alpha

    •    Phi Beta Kappa
    •    Pi Gamma Mu (National Honorary Society for the Social Sciences)
    •    Phi Beta Kappa Award for Studies in Classical Greek, 1973-1974
    •    Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Incentive Award for High Quality
         Performance, 1982

Previous Experience
   • Acting Assistant to Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, 1984
   • Senior Attorney/Advisor, Legislation and Regulations Division, Office of Chief Counsel,
       Internal Revenue Service, 1978-1984

   • Pension Protection Act of 2006 Benefits S Corporations Making Charitable Contributions,
       Practical U.S./Domestic Tax Strategies, (Co-authored with Robert G. McElroy),
       September 2006
   • FUNDamentals, Private Equity Business and Legal Issues, (Co-authored with Robert G.
       Marks and Timothy J. Feldhausen), November 2004
   • Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Product Liability Loss Deduction, (Co-authored with
       Charles E. Roberts, Robert G. McElroy, and Thomas P. Rohman), April 2001
   • The Practical Agency Planner, A Guide to Agency Perpetuation, Estate Planning,
       Employee Benefits and Tax Opportunities, Co-author (Published by the Independent
       Insurance Agents of America, Inc.), 2000
   • Exempt Organization Public Disclosure Handbook, (Published by Jackson & Campbell,
       P.C.), 1999
   • Nondeductibility of Lobbying Expenses After Final Regulations, (Published by Jackson &
       Campbell, P.C.), 1995
   • Tax Treatment of UST-Related Cleanup Expenditures, included in Underground Storage
       Tank Guide, (Published by Thompson Publishing Group), 1993
   • Utilizing the Alcohol Fuels Credit, Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly, December 1992

Speaking Engagements
   • “IRS Industry Specialization Program,” Yangzhou Tax Institute (PRC), Georgetown Law
       Center, 2006
   • “Taxable Mergers & Acquisitions Involving S Corporations,” Northern Virginia Chapter of
       Virginia Society of CPAs, 2003
   •   “Corporation and Partnership Tax Updates,” Third Annual Virginia Society of CPAs
       Taxation Conference, 2002
   •   “Creative Uses of Disregarded Entities” and “Recent Section 1031 Developments,” Hot
       Trends in Tax Law: What Tax Advisors to Business Need to Know, Sponsored by the
       Northern Virginia Chapter of the Virginia Society of CPAs, 2002
   •   Healthcare Mergers & Acquisitions Seminars, Sponsored by National Health Strategies:
           • "Taxing 'Eyes' on the Deal," Swimming with the Sharks, 1997
           • "Joint Ventures - IRS Weighs In," Integration or Disintegration, 1998
           • "Creative Legal Structures for Aligning Physician Hospital Interests, " Integrating
                Competing Interests, 1999
   •   “The Profit Side of Non-Profits,” Charitable Organization and Trade Association Seminar,
       Washington, DC, 1997
   •   "Tax Considerations for Convenience Stores," Financial and Tax Forum, Sponsored by
       the National Association of Convenience Stores, 1993-1996
   •   "Motor Fuels: Tax Update," The NACS Show in Chicago, 1995
   •   "Starting a Business," Foreign Service Institute, U.S. Department of State, Overseas
       Briefing Center, 1993-2000

Professional Affiliations
   • American Bar Association
          • Section of Taxation
          • Section of Business Law
   • District of Columbia Bar Association
          • Section of Taxation
          • Section of Estates, Trusts and Probate Law
   • Inter-American Bar Association
   • J. Edgar Murdock Inn of Court (U.S. Tax Court)
   • Founder, Washington, D.C. Subchapter S Study Group
   • American Health Lawyers Association

Civic Affiliations
    • Director, Secretary, and General Counsel, S&R Foundation, 2001-Present
    • Member and Secretary, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College Board of Visitors, 2005-
    • Secretary and General Counsel, Divino Amore Foundation, 2004-Present
    • Case Western Reserve University Law School, Regional Vice President, Alumni Affairs,
    • James J. Norris Foundation for Migrants and Refugees, Secretary and General Counsel,
    • St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, President, Young Adult League, 1985-1987

   • Ohio 1978
   • District of Columbia 1985
   • U.S. Supreme Court 1988
   • U.S. Tax Court 1993
Place of Birth
    • Cleveland, Ohio

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