Kendi E. Ozmon


  • JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2001
  • EdM, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 1994; Pforzheimer Fellow
  • AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1992; Phi Beta Kappa


  • Massachusetts
  • Trustee, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education
  • Steering Committee, Boston Bar Association Tax-Exempt Organizations Section
  • Working Group Member, Boston Bar Association Chapter 180 Taskforce
  • Former Co-chair, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education Nonprofit Law Conference
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Boston Non-Profit/Charities Law “Lawyer of the Year” (2018)
  • Legal 500 (2015-2018)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2009-2019)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star (2011-2012)

Kendi E. Ozmon


Kendi is a trusted advisor to tax-exempt organizations, including colleges, universities, cultural institutions, health care organizations, and corporate and family foundations. She has obtained tax-exempt status and IRS rulings for numerous clients and provides practical guidance on a wide range of issues these organizations encounter, from day-to-day questions about grant making, filing requirements, and charitable giving to highly sensitive matters involving conflicts of interest, corporate governance, executive compensation, and IRS audits. Kendi is often lead tax counsel in transactions that involve non-profit organizations, including affiliations, mergers, asset acquisitions and dissolutions, notably advising on tax exemption issues. She is also active in pro bono matters and is a member of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.


  • Tax counsel for multiple tax-exempt health care systems in affiliation transactions, with both non-profit and for-profit parties
  • Conducting in-depth analyses of restricted gift issues for tax-exempt organizations in connection with significant asset transfers, including securing court and Attorney General approvals
  • Securing abatements of multi-million dollars in penalties and interest from IRS and successfully concluding several IRS audits of universities and their affiliates with no taxes or penalties assessed
  • Working with state regulators and non-profit organization’s board of directors and officers to achieve successful resolution of internal investigation involving director conflict of interest, including implementing policies and internal controls to identify and manage conflicts
  • Forming and securing tax-exempt status for new parent entities in affiliations and reorganizations of health care systems
  • Advising boards of directors and compensation committees on compensation matters unique to tax-exempt organizations, including compliance with IRS “intermediate sanctions” rules
  • Counseling staff of grant-making organizations on navigating private foundation tax rules, including how these rules relate to international grants, advocacy activities and transactions with foundation donors
  • Providing informed review of drafts of publicly-disclosed IRS and state tax and information filings for non-profit organizations, with special emphasis on the Form 990
  • Assessing tax exemption and unrelated business income tax consequences associated with non-profit organizations participating in joint ventures with for-profit organizations, including through LLCs
  • Collaborating with charities and their donors to structure venture philanthropy and other giving arrangements


  • Co-author, “The Tax Exemption,” MCLE College and University Law Manual (2012)
  • Quoted, “IRS Grants Reprieve: Hospitals Push for Guidance on Disclosures,” Modern Healthcare (June 20, 2011)


  • Tax Traps for the Unwary: Business Incubators, Industry Collaborations, and Equity Investments, National Association of College and University Attorneys, Sponsored Research and Technology Transfer Conference (2018)
  • Museum Political and Lobbying Activity: Navigating the Gray Zone, ALI Conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration (2018)
  • Taxes for Tax-Exempt Organizations, Boston Bar Association Fundamentals Series (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • Tax-Exempts As Partners In Your Transactions, Southern Federal Tax Institute (2017)
  • Funding Innovation for Health Care Organizations, American Health Lawyers Association (2017) 
  • Fostering Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Issues and Approaches for Tax-Exempt Organizations, American Bar Association Section of Taxation Exempt Organizations Committee (2017)
  • Working with Restricted Gifts to Non-Profit Organizations, Boston Bar Association (2016)
  • New Issues Raised by the Affordable Care Act: Legal Considerations, National Association of State Charity Officials (2013)
  • For-Profit Subsidiaries: When Non-Profits Cooperate and Collide, Boston Bar Association (2013)
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