Head of Simpson Thacher’s Exempt Organizations Practice, David Shevlin counsels a variety of international and domestic exempt organizations, including all forms of private foundations and public charities. He also advises donors to, and the governing bodies of, exempt organizations. In particular, David has been involved in assisting governing bodies on internal investigations. He also advises universities, foundations, hospitals and cultural institutions on the investment of their endowments. Long active in the bar, David is Vice Chair of the ABA’s Section of Taxation—Committee on Exempt Organizations. He also serves on the Board of Doctors Without Borders USA.
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- Robin Hood Foundation in connection with Robin Hood Relief Fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy and a concert to benefit the relief fund
- Stephen A. Schwarzman Education Foundation in connection with the creation of a $300 million scholarship fund for study at Tsinghua University in Beijing and the creation of Schwarzman College at the University
- An environmental public charity in connection with the recovery of over $1 million of “excess benefits”
- A public charity in connection with an internal investigation of a whistle-blower complaint
- A private foundation in connection with the enforcement of a naming-rights provision in a major gift agreement
- A major private foundation in connection with a program-related investment loan in environmental fund promoting carbon offsets
- Several major endowment and private foundations in connection with the establishment of a trading account in China
New York University School of Law, 1992 J.D.
magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; American Jurisprudence Award, Evidence, 1992; American Jurisprudence Award, Professional Responsibility, 1991
Cornell University, 1989 B.S.
With Distinction; Presidential Scholar
- Vice Chair, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation Committee on Exempt Organizations; Chair, Special Task Force on the Model Nonprofit Corporation Act; Past Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Unrelated Business Taxable Income; Member, Special Task Force on Impact of Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 on Nonprofit Organizations
- Association of the Bar of the City of New York
- Doctors Without Borders, Board of Directors; Chair, Administrative Committee and Secretary (2001–Present)
- Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York; Member, Subcommittee on Government Relations (2002–Present)
- White on New York Corporations, Member; Editorial Board (2004–Present)
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). 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.