Overview

Brett Seifried is an associate in Faegre Drinker’s nonprofit group in Washington, D.C. He brings his broad experience in tax and corporate law to bear, helping nonprofit clients navigate their legal requirements and maximize their impact. He advises on governance structures, state and federal tax compliance, joint ventures, tax controversies, and election law matters — and that’s just the short list. Clients value Brett for his plain-language approach and commitment to efficient, favorable solutions.

Prior Experience

Brett joined Faegre Drinker after clerking for Judge L. Paige Marvel of the United States Tax Court, where he assisted the judge in drafting opinions and gained substantial experience with tax procedure and controversy. Before that, he served for several years as the general counsel of a national nonprofit organization. There, he guided the board of directors and senior executives through the complex tax, political, lobbying and corporate governance matters that regularly confront nonprofit organizations.

Brett received an L.L.M. in taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a clinical attorney at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, providing counsel to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) clients on nonprofit, political and tax law concerns. While in law school, he also served as law clerk in the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, where he helped attorneys investigate and prosecute public corruption crimes.

Faculty Positions

  • American University Washington College of Law — Guest Lecturer, Fall 2018, Fall 2019

Personal Interests

Brett has lived in Washington, D.C., since 2006, and he enjoys all that the nation’s capital has to offer. In his personal time, Brett enjoys cooking, running, boating, and reading about history and science.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Maryland
Admitted only in Maryland; supervision by principals of the firm admitted to the D.C. Bar

Court Admissions

Maryland Court of Appeals

Clerkships

United States Tax Court, Hon. L. Paige Marvel, 2018-2021

Education

Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction (2018)

American University Washington College of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, The Administrative Law Review (articles editor) (2013)

American University School of International Service
B.A. in International Studies, cum laude (2010)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • Congressional Black Caucus Institute Campaign Bootcamp — Instructor, Campaign Finance Law, Summer 2017, Summer 2018

Honors

  • Kentucky Colonel — Issued by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, 2014
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