Daniel L. Kurtz



Exempt Organizations

New York

T: 1.212.735.3390

F: 1.917.777.3390


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As Skadden’s exempt organizations practice leader, Dan Kurtz focuses on the specialized needs of nonprofit organizations. With his diverse background as a corporate lawyer, civil prosecutor and leading governance authority, Mr. Kurtz has developed a national reputation in serving the full range of needs of his nonprofit clients, including health care institutions, colleges and universities, cultural organizations, social service agencies, religious organizations, social clubs, trade and professional associations, national charities, environmental organizations, advocacy groups and private foundations, among others.

Mr. Kurtz has acted as general counsel to many of his clients and as a principal outside counsel to others. In those capacities, he advises clients on corporate and governance issues; sponsorship and charitable fundraising opportunities; endowment administration and investment; indemnification; employment matters; compliance issues, including charitable solicitation laws; and a full range of exempt organization tax issues, such as those relating to excess benefit transactions, organization and dissolution, unrelated business income, lobbying and other advocacy issues. He also regularly handles business combinations, including joint ventures, sales of assets, mergers, consolidations and sophisticated reorganizations and restructurings.

Mr. Kurtz also represents nonprofit clients in litigation matters, in particular ones involving issues of governance and fiduciary responsibility. He also has conducted internal investigations and litigations undertaken by civil enforcement and regulatory authorities, and he has played a key role in many groundbreaking cases in this area.

From 1979 to 1985, Mr. Kurtz was the assistant attorney general in charge of the Charities Bureau in the New York State Attorney General’s office.

Mr. Kurtz repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. He also was chosen to participate in the David Rockefeller Fellows Program Class of 2010, a New York City-based leadership program. Mr. Kurtz was the recipient of the 2014 Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York's Monsignor John T. Fagan Service Award for his charitable work.

Bar Admissions

New York


J.D., University of Chicago Law School

A.B., Brown University


Lecturer, Yale Law School (2007)


President, The Spingold Foundation

Director, Howard Gilman Foundation

Director, The Altschul Foundation

President, Manhattan Youth Recreation & Resources

Overseer, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Member, Leadership Council, VCG Governance Matters

Founding Executive Director, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Former Chair, New York State Bar Association, Charitable Organizations Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section

Former Chair, American Bar Association, Revised Model Nonprofit Corporation Act Subcommittee of the Business Law Section’s Committee on Nonprofit Corporations

Former President, National Association of State Charity Officials

Former Chair, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Committee on Nonprofit Organizations