Matthew R. Elkin


Washington, D.C.
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"Matt Elkin has seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of non-profit and tax law, combined with deep experience in corporate law and transactions. He is an invaluable partner in the non-profit space, and likely one of the most responsive lawyers I have ever met."

— The Legal 500 2021


Matthew Elkin focuses his practice on advising tax-exempt organizations and other businesses and high net worth families with their charitable and social goals, placing a special emphasis on transactional matters that include charitable investment funds, social enterprises, impact investing and endowment investment programs and policies. His extensive experience with and practical approach to corporate transactions and governance matters are valuable assets to the clients he represents, which include private foundations, trade associations, healthcare organizations, colleges and universities and international development organizations.

Matt regularly advises these organizations on the formation of investment funds by both nonprofit and for-profit sponsors, the acquisition and disposition of program-, mission- and impact-related and other investments, joint ventures, sponsored research, mergers and acquisitions, and financing and licensing arrangements. He also counsels boards of directors on fiduciary duties, conflicts of interest, risk oversight, board and committee structures, affiliated entities, internal investigations, board evaluation processes, executive compensation and compliance with other regulatory and governance best practices. In addition, Matt shares his knowledge with students as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School International Transactions Clinic.

Recognitions and Memberships


  • The Legal 500 United States
    • Recommended in U.S. Taxes: Contentious (2022)
    • Recommended in Tax (nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations) (2015 to 2018, 2020 to 2022)
    • Recommended in Tax (Fortune 1000 private foundations and national trade associations and charities) (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2023 to present)
    • Washington, D.C.: Tax Law


  • American Bar Association
    • Tax Section
    • Business Law Section
  • Bar Association of the District of Columbia
    • Corporation, Finance and Securities Law Section



  • District of Columbia
  • New York


  • LL.M., New York University School of Law, 2004
  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1998
  • M.A., University of Virginia, 1995
  • B.A., Lake Forest College, 1991, summa cum laude