Professional Biography

Ezra W. Reese Partner

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OVERVIEW

Ezra Reese focuses his practice on nonprofit tax law and political law, with an emphasis on nonprofit organizations that wish to engage in lobbying or electoral activity. His clients include charities, issue organizations, trade associations and political committees. Ezra guides and counsels clients on Internal Revenue Service restrictions, in particular those regarding lobbying and political activities. He also helps them navigate issues relating to federal, state and local campaign finance and lobbying restrictions and filings. His counsel extends to advising organizations on media law regarding political and issue advertisements. Additionally, Ezra has advised candidates for president, the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives on their campaigns. He served as general counsel to Pete for America, Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign, in 2020. 

Ezra serves as outside counsel to nonprofit organizations and helps them in a range of areas, from organization and creation of a long-term legal strategy to day-to-day management of their legal needs, large and small.

Ezra has represented clients before the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission and in federal and state court on campaign finance, election and nonprofit tax issues. He has participated as a panelist in programs covering political participation by exempt and nonprofit organizations. Ezra is also active in nonprofit tax policy and reform and serves on the drafting committee of the Bright Lines Project, a group housed at Public Citizen that is writing clear rules on political activity by nonprofit organizations.

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Ranked by Chambers USA Four Years in a Row

Recognized for his "really good understanding of nonprofit law and his ability to translate that into good, practical advice." - Chambers USA

Professional Recognition

  • Ranked by Chambers USA, in Government: Political Law, 2017 - 2020
  • Listed in Washington D.C. Super Lawyers

Related Employment

  • Verner Lipfert Bernhard McPherson & Hand LLP, Summer Associate, 2001
  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Summer Associate, 2000

Clerkships

  • Hon. Sandra Lynch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 2002 - 2003

Experience

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Bar and Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Education

  • Harvard University, A.B., Philosophy, magna cum laude, 1997
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2002