Shira M. Helstrom advises nonprofit organizations on tax and governance issues, helping them to achieve their programmatic goals while navigating their legal and regulatory requirements. She works regularly with private foundations, public charities, medical and scientific research organizations, educational organizations, trade associations, and social welfare organizations. Shira advises clients on obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, including issues such as intermediate sanctions, private foundation excise taxes, unrelated business activities, lobbying, and political campaign intervention.
Clients rely on Shira for advice on operational and programmatic matters, including corporate governance, charitable solicitation and fundraising, complex grants and impact investments, collaborations and joint ventures, and major corporate transactions such as mergers and corporate restructurings.
Prior to earning her LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law, Shira served as a law clerk to Judge J. Curtis Joyner at the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She subsequently joined a large international law firm in New York where she represented for-profit clients during disputes with the IRS. She continues this work with her nonprofit clients, representing them in front of the IRS and during attorney general investigations.
Shira is a member of the Advisory Board of the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC.
New York University School of Law, 2010, LL.M., Taxation
Temple University, Beasley School of Law, 2008, J.D., Summa Cum Laude
Muhlenberg College, 2000, B.A., Cum Laude
District of Columbia
US Tax Court
Clerkship to Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Tax, Law360 (2017)
Member, Exempt Organizations Committee, Section of Taxation, American Bar Association
Member, Exempt Organizations Committee, Taxation Section, District of Columbia Bar