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Morgan Lewis Expands ESG and Nonprofits Team with Addition of Partner Kim Eney

August 30, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO AND WASHINGTON, DC, August 30, 2021: Kimberly Eney returns to Morgan Lewis from serving as vice president of legal for Fidelity Foundations, a group of family foundations and philanthropies focused on charitable investments in areas such as conservation, art, education, life sciences, and international grant-making.

Kim, who is resident in the San Francisco and Washington, DC, offices, previously spent 11 years at Morgan Lewis and will continue her practice advising tax-exempt organizations and their affiliates and partners on the tax, governance, and corporate laws integral to advancing their missions and achieving lasting social impact.

“We are seeing an intense focus and interest in advancing nonprofit organizations that address the various social and environmental issues affecting our communities,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “Kim has a strong skillset based on years of experience both at Morgan Lewis and in-house to advise nonprofits, including charities and foundations, looking to be drivers of positive social change in areas such as impact investing and human and civil rights. We are pleased to welcome her back to our firm.”

Kim’s return to Morgan Lewis follows the arrival of a four-person team resident in New York, including partners Tomer Inbar, who also returned to Morgan Lewis, and Megan Bell, who joined the firm’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability leadership team. Kim’s arrival builds on the team’s East Coast presence and provides a dedicated tax-exempt resource on the West Coast.

At Fidelity Foundations, Kim oversaw legal compliance with respect to grant-making and grants management, board governance, general contracts, and employment and personnel matters. In private practice, she advised clients on federal tax laws and state corporate laws applicable to nonprofits and provided counsel on board governance matters, the private foundation excise tax regime, compliance with Section 501(c)(3) status, earned income strategies and the unrelated business income tax, affiliate relationships, international grant-making, and the limitations on lobbying and political campaign activity.

“This is an inflection moment for the philanthropic sector, as charities and foundations must find new strategies to address the societal issues that confront the United States and the world, often working in collaboration with the for-profit sector,” said Celia Roady, leader of the firm’s tax-exempt organizations practice. “Kim’s timing couldn’t be better as we build our bicoastal bench to better serve our nonprofit and philanthropic clients’ needs as they look for new pathways to mission success during these challenging times.”

Kim is admitted in DC & NY only, and her legal services are limited to federal matters before US agencies.