Legal counsel for nonprofit organizations
and social entrepreneurs
Benjamin Takis, Founder and Principal Attorney
Since beginning his practice in 2006, Ben has devoted his career to representing non-profit organizations and tax-exempt entities. Ben honed his skills as an associate at the premier Washington D.C. labor firm Bredhoff & Kaiser and the leading employee benefits boutique Groom Law Group. At Bredhoff and Groom, Ben represented some of the largest pension funds, health care trusts, and labor organizations in the country, along with public charities, lobbying groups, trade associations, and other non-profit organizations of all types and sizes. Equally adept in the fields of tax-exempt organizations and employee benefits, Ben has developed a deep base of knowledge of tax law and Internal Revenue Service procedures. This expertise enables him to find creative solutions to even the most complex legal problems, helping you to avoid costly mistakes that hinder your organization’s growth and waste precious time and resources.
Education and Licenses
After graduating from George Washington University summa cum laude in 2001 and working as a professional musician, Ben attended Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he focused on tax, employment and employee benefits law. Ben graduated from Cardozo magna cum laude in 2006 with a concentration in taxation, winning the ABA-BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Labor and Employment Law in 2005, and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel Writing Competition in 2006. Ben is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia.
Ben is a member of the American Bar Association, the Exempt Organizations Committee of the ABA’s Tax Section, the D.C. Bar, the American Society of Association Executives, the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington, and Maryland Nonprofits, and is a faculty member of the Center for Nonprofit Advancement. His writing on employee benefits matters was featured in a January 2011 edition of BNA’s ERISA Compliance and Enforcement Library, and in the 2007 supplement to the ABA’s Employee Benefits Law treatise. Ben is also a frequent lecturer on tax issues affecting artists and the formation and operation of tax-exempt arts groups, and is a volunteer with the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
“I worked with Ben for a couple of years as he helped us put together and manage a complex not-for-profit in tricky times. Ben is a great person and a pleasure to deal with, first of all. On top of that his legal advice and output was quick, understandable, bottom-line oriented and often cracked tough and sensitive problems. And all this makes it very easy for me to recommend his firm. I won’t hesitate to go with him again.”
-Mike Nugent, Experienced lawyer, lobbyist, executive in entertainment, financial service and technology industries (July 16, 2012)
“Ben has assisted me with a major re-write of our bylaws and, most recently, with a review of our (rather complex) tax exempt status. In both cases, Ben was quick, efficient, and a pleasure to work with. I felt like he really “got” my organization and our issues. I would certainly recommend Tax-Exempt Solutions to any small nonprofit looking for good value and dependable legal services.”
-Liesel Kuhr, Business & Finance Manager at NEA Health Information Network (July 20, 2012)
“I highly recommend Ben Takis and Tax-Exempt Solutions. We had a complicated application for our 501(c)(3) and Ben was able to successfully deliver our exempt status, without significant expense. Ben provided clear and efficient guidance, allowing us to focus on our mission while he managed the interaction with the IRS.”
-Jeffrey King, Executive Director at Clean Economy Development Center (August 30, 2012)
Mark B. Weinberg, Of Counsel
A leading expert in the field of tax-exempt organizations, Mark B. Weinberg joined Tax-Exempt Solutions, PLLC as Of Counsel in March 2013. After graduating from the University of Chicago Law School in 1970, Mark served for over six years with the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Internal Revenue Service. There he was responsible for matters concerning nonprofit organizations, charitable giving and estate and gift tax issues. He left government service in 1977 to enter private practice with one of Washington’s largest firms, and in 1985 set out to create the firm that became Weinberg, Jacobs & Tolani, LLP, where he currently manages the Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice Group. Mark represents a wide variety of clients around the world including public charities, private foundations, advocacy groups, national trade and professional associations, and social clubs.
Education and Licenses
Mark earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Arizona State University in 1967, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1970. Mark is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Pennsylvania.
Mark was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2002, and he is an active member of long standing in the Probate and Trust Law Division, the Tax Section and Exempt Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the D.C. Estate Planning Council. He speaks and writes frequently
on issues relating to nonprofits and estate planning for professional and general public audiences and is also a visiting lecturer at Washington, D.C. area universities.