Carolyn O. Ward


  • LLM (Taxation), Georgetown University Law Center, 1997; with distinction
  • JD, cum laude, American University Washington College of Law, 1993; First Prize, Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition
  • BA, Duke University, 1989


  • District of Columbia
  • Honorable Charles E. Clapp, II, U.S. Tax Court
  • Vice Chair, Committee on Exempt Organizations, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Former Co-Chair, Subcommittee on Private Foundations; Former Secretary, Committee on Exempt Organizations
  • Former Chair of the Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar; Former Chair, Exempt Organizations Committee
  • American College of Tax  Counsel, Fellow
  • Legal 500, Leading Lawyer (2017-2018)

Carolyn O. Ward


Carolyn (Morey) Ward, counsel in our Washington D.C. tax & benefits group, focuses her practice on advising tax-exempt organizations on a variety of matters, tax planning, governance, unrelated business income tax issues, endowments, charitable giving, and audits. 

From 1998-2000, Morey served as legislation counsel for the Joint Committee on Taxation where she was responsible for advising members of the U.S. Congress and their staff on matters involving tax-exempt organizations and charitable giving.

Morey counsels clients on tax structuring, corporate governance, operational policies and procedures, domestic and international grant making, donor-advised funds, compliance with private foundation rules, unrelated business income tax, endowments, gift agreements, lobbying and political activity, executive compensation, intermediate sanctions, corporate transactions, complex organizational structures, joint ventures, audits, voluntary compliance procedures, and program-related investments. 


  • Colleges & universities and university alumni associations
  • Museums and cultural organizations
  • Private foundations, private operating foundations, corporate foundations and family foundations
  • Public charities, foreign charities, churches, government instrumentalities, and disaster relief organizations
  • Supporting organizations
  • Donor-advised funds and DAF sponsoring organizations
  • Economic development corporations and affordable housing organizations
  • Scientific research organizations
  • Trade associations and social clubs




  • 2019 Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, “Negotiating and Drafting Charitable Gift Agreements” (January 2019)
  • American Health Lawyers Association, 2018 Tax Issues for Health Care Organizations, “Managing the Tax Consequences of Alternative Investments” (October 2018)
  • 2018 Representing and Managing Tax-Exempt Organizations, Georgetown Law, “Ask the Experts” Panel (April 2018)
  • University of Texas Law 35th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Institute, “Family Offices and Private Foundations: Exploring the Tensions” (January 2018)
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