Lauren Simpson is Counsel in the Firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations department. Ms. Simpson advises tax-exempt organizations on a broad range of issues, including corporate governance, formation and structuring, tax and regulatory compliance, operational policies and procedures, fundraising, domestic and international grantmaking, investment activities, and lobbying and political campaign issues. She also advises on establishing and managing relationships and affiliations between tax-exempt organizations and for-profit entities, including program and mission-related investments, the creation of incubators and accelerators, and licensing and service arrangements. Her clients consist of private foundations and public charities, including colleges and universities, environmental conservation groups, donor-advised funds, educational, religious, and cultural organizations, and company foundations, as well as social welfare organizations and business leagues, among others. Prior to joining Patterson Belknap, Ms. Simpson practiced tax law at a New York-based law firm.

  • New York
Professional Activities

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTSSpeaker, “Advanced Issues in Charitability,” University of Texas School of Law Nonprofit Organizations Institute (January 24, 2020); Speaker, “Fraud and Other Misuses of Grant Funds” and “Cybersecurity and Other Issues,” Illinois CPA Society Not-for-Profit Conference (December 5, 2019); Presenter, “Current Topics in Lobbying and Political Activity,” New York City Bar Association’s 7th Annual Not-for-Profit Institute (March 29, 2019); Presenter, “Charitable Solicitations in the Internet Age,” New York City Bar Association’s Hot Topics in Not-for-Profit Law (October 29, 2018); Speaker, “Primer on Private Operating and Exempt Operating Foundations,” Georgetown Law Continuing Legal Education 34th Annual Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations (April 28, 2017); Presenter, "Cybersecurity and Fraud Issues in the Age of Technology," New York City Bar Association’s 5th Annual Not-for-Profit Institute (April 7, 2017)