After working as an associate for top-tier boutique D.C. law firms for six years, Benjamin Takis set out to establish his own law firm in 2012 with a singular focus: serving the nonprofit community through sophisticated legal representation at rates that are more accessible than larger firms. Originally formed under the name Tax-Exempt Solutions PLLC (to encapsulate the focus of Ben’s professional career advising nonprofits, pension funds, welfare trusts and other tax-exempt entities), the firm has grown steadily, developing a breadth of expertise on a wide variety of legal issues affecting nonprofit organizations. In 2019, the firm was renamed Takis Nonprofit Law PLLC, and continues to represent the full range of nonprofit clients, including leading trade associations in the film and digital publications industries, world-renowned public charities and private foundations with over $100 million in charitable assets, historic preservation organizations devoted to preserving century-old historic properties, nonprofit journalistic organizations, “friends of” organizations supporting international philanthropy, think tanks and advocacy groups on the front lines of today’s most critical social and political issues, and many more.
Benjamin Takis — Founding Attorney
Since beginning his career in 2006, Ben has represented some of the largest pension funds, welfare trusts and labor organizations in the country, along with public charities, private foundations, lobbying groups, trade associations, and other nonprofits of all types and sizes. Prior to starting his own firm in 2012, Ben worked as an associate at the premier labor firm Bredhoff & Kaiser and the leading employee benefits boutique Groom Law Group. Ben also served as Of Counsel to Weinberg, Jacobs & Tolani LLP from 2013 until Mark Weinberg’s retirement in 2015, after which Ben took on Mark Weinberg’s nonprofit law practice under his own firm.
Ben earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 2006, where he graduated magna cum laude, with a concentration in taxation. As a law student, Ben was a recipient of the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law, and a winner of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition.
Ben is a frequent speaker on nonprofit law, tax, corporate governance, and business management for a variety of organizations and educational institutions, including the Foundation Center, the District of Columbia Bar, HealthHIV, Tidewater Community College, the Greater Washington Society of CPAs, American University Washington School of Law, and Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts. Ben’s writing on employee benefits matters has twice been featured in BNA publications, and his writing on tax-exempt organizations law has been featured in the Thomson Reuters publication Taxation of Exempts.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, 2006, J.D., magna cum laude
George Washington University, 2001, B.A., summa cum laude
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Testimonial from Mark Weinberg
“I worked with Ben since March 2013, when he joined my firm Weinberg, Jacobs & Tolani, LLP as Of Counsel (at the same time that I joined his firm as Of Counsel). Ben’s understanding of the organizational and tax law of nonprofit organizations, as well as his strong work ethic and absolute honesty, have inspired my admiration and respect. For these reasons, after a 44-year career, I was proud to recommend to my nonprofit clients that they continue with Ben when I retired from the practice of law in July 2015. I know that my clients are in good hands, and continue to refer work to Ben whenever I can.”
-Mark Weinberg, Weinberg, Jacobs & Tolani, LLP