Daniel L. Kurtz
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, he has developed a national reputation in serving the full range of needs of his nonprofit clients. These clients include 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, including 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.
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
Co-Author, “Managing Conflicts on Interest: The Board’s Guide to Unbiased Decision Making,” Boardsource, 2013
Co-Author, New York Nonprofit Law and Practice with Tax Analysis, 2nd Ed., November 2007
“Sanctions and Enforcement: Federal and State Laws,” New York University School of Law, National Center of Philanthropy and the Law Conference of Diversions of Charitable Assets: Crimes and Punishments, 2004
“The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002: Lessons for Nonprofits?” Nonprofit Organizations Law 2003: Coping With the New Environment Post 9/11 and Sarbanes-Oxley, 2003
“Board Liability: Guide for Nonprofit Director,” Association of the Bar of the City of New York, January 1988