Anne Gerson, Counsel, Venable LLP
Anne Gerson is an experienced attorney dedicated to the representation of tax-exempt organizations. Anne advises clients on the full array of tax, corporate, governance, and strategic issues that arise for tax-exempt organizations, always focused on providing practical and creative solutions. A specialist in tax law, she advises clients on federal tax issues, such as domestic and international grant-making, self-dealing and excess benefit transactions, obtaining and maintaining exempt status, unrelated business income tax, excess business holdings, program-related investments, lobbying and political activity, and IRS audits. Anne also addresses complex corporate governance matters, helping clients develop sustainable procedures for their operations.
She has worked with many organizations undergoing significant corporate restructuring or fundamental changes, such as mergers, joint ventures, and dissolutions.
Anne graduated from the New York University School of Law. She also received her LL.M. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Tax Policy Fellow. Anne received her B.A. magna cum laude, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Cristina Vessels, Associate, Venable LLP
Cristina Vessels is an associate in Venable’s Nonprofit Organizations Practice. She counsels public charities, trade and professional associations, and other nonprofits on a range of legal topics from their initial formation and tax-exemption applications to corporate governance and other transactional matters. Cristina’s practice focuses on advising her nonprofit clients on a variety of charitable solicitation and fundraising matters, including: achieving state charitable solicitation registration, securing accreditation from charity rating organizations, structuring charitable raffles, drafting corporate sponsorship agreements, and collaborating with fundraising professionals to achieve her clients’ development objectives.
She also advises a broad range of for-profit businesses with their corporate philanthropy and cause marketing efforts, including all aspects of commercial co-venture promotions and social media charitable giving campaigns.
Cristina graduated with honors from the George Washington University Law School, where she was an Associate on The George Washington Law Review. She received her B.S. from the University of Maryland.