ArentFox Schiff Welcomes Tax Partner Shira Helstrom in Washington

ArentFox Schiff is pleased to announce the addition of Partner Shira M. Helstrom to the firm’s Tax practice. Based in the Washington, DC office, she brings extensive experience advising tax-exempt organizations on a wide range of tax, transactional, and governance matters.

Shira advises public charities, private foundations, and other tax-exempt organizations and their for-profit affiliates on compliance with federal tax and state charitable and nonprofit laws. She counsels clients on issues such as corporate governance, unrelated business income tax, intermediate sanctions and self-dealing, lobbying and political activities, charitable solicitation laws, complex grants, impact investments, excess business holdings, and other tax and nonprofit planning matters. She also helps clients to structure major corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, spin-offs, and other reorganizations, as well as joint ventures and collaborations with both tax-exempt and for-profit partners.     

In addition to helping organizations mitigate risk and operate consistent with their tax-exempt status, Shira also works with nonprofit boards to improve governance practices and she represents tax-exempt organizations during Internal Revenue Service audits and attorney general investigations. Her clients represent a broad range of industries, including medical and scientific research organizations, operating and nonoperating foundations, museums and cultural organizations, educational organizations, corporate foundations, family foundations, supporting organizations, and trade associations.

“Tax-exempt and nonprofit organizations face complex operational challenges, particularly when it comes to tax considerations and compliance matters. Not only is Shira a savvy and knowledgeable counselor on the intricacies of navigating tax laws, but she has a unique ability to advise on the wide range of transactional, governance, and management issues faced by these organizations on a daily basis. Our clients will benefit greatly from her proactive and pragmatic counsel on high-stakes issues, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the team.”

Shira joins ArentFox Schiff from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s Tax practice and Tax-Exempt Organizations group.

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