David C. Ulich: Lawyer with Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

David C. Ulich


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Practice Areas

  • Corporate
  • Emerging Growth Venture Capital
  • Healthcare
  • International Reach
  • Private Wealth Services
  • Tax
  • Corporate Tax
  • Hedge Funds and Private Equity
  • Education
  • Not for Profit
University Haverford College, B.A., 1981
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Los Angeles, J.D., 1984 Member, UCLA Law Review; New York University, LL.M., 1985
Admitted1984, California


•Council of Trustees, United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation
•Board of Directors, Los Angeles Sport Counsel
•Board of Directors, The Los Angeles Sports Counsel Foundation
•Board of Directors, Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games
•Member, American Bar Association Subcommittee on Partnership Taxation
•Adjunct member, American Bar Association Subcommittee on Corporate Taxation
•Board of Directors, Terralex, an international referral service for law firms
•Lecturer, University of Southern California Masters Tax Program, where he taught classes on the Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
•Board of Directors, several non-profit foundations


David is a partner of the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP and is head of the firm's Non Profit Sector Team.

Areas of Practice

David provides business, corporate and tax advice to educational, public and religious charities and foundations such as the American Film Institute, The Annenberg Foundation, Childhelp USA, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Mission Without Borders, Foundation for Global Sports Development and others. David has expertise in public private partnerships between foundations and public agencies, including dealing with tax, regulatory and planning issues. His work includes: (i) preparing applications on behalf of these Not-for-Profit entities for tax exemptions and non-profit status under federal and state tax guidelines; (ii) helping non-profits to joint venture on projects with other non-profits as well as for profit entities; (iii) dealing with excess benefit and private inurement issues; (iv) drafting donation and sponsorship agreements; and (v) providing guidance on non-profit governance and appropriate director and officer conduct, including compliance and disclosure issues.

David is President of a non-profit organization, Foundation for Global Sports Development, that works closely with the International Olympic Committee and a variety of International Sports Federations on global sports development projects. David was also actively involved in researching the use of performance-enhancing substances by former East German athletes and contributed to a book on the subject called Faust's Gold.

David has extensive experience in the structuring of corporate reorganizations, including mergers, stock for stock exchanges, corporate spin-offs and shareholder redemptions, as well as the tax treatment of S corporations. He has handled all aspects of partnership and limited liability company law including formation and dissolution of partnerships and LLC's, drafting partnership and LLC agreements, merging of partnerships and tax treatment of partners, and LLC members in transactions with their companies.


•Non-Profit Sector Attorney of the Year in California, Global Law Experts, 2015


Representative Foundation/Non-Profit Clients

All American Motorsports Foundation
American Film Institute
The Angus Mitchell Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
The Annenberg Space for Photography
British Academy of Film & Television
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles
Central Hollywood Coalition
Childhelp USA
Childhelp-Great Tomorrow
Harry and Judith Collins Foundation
Christian Broadcasting Network
Commerce of Concerned Christians
Cottonwood Christian Center
The Disc Foundation
Discovery Fund for Eye Research
Foundation for Global Sports Development-Board Member/Officer
Frank & Janet Foster Foundation
Generosity Water, Inc.
Glory Tabernacle Metropolitan Church
The Hale Foundation
The Healing Channel
Herbalife Nutrition Institute
Humane America Foundation
International Surfing Association Foundation
B.K. Kee Foundation
Kiang Family Foundation
Knowles Family Foundation
Lancelot Foundation
La Valencia Hotel Employees Scholarship Foundation
Leonard Schwartzman Foundation
Lew Wasserman Scholarship Foundation
Life Be In It
Lifeline Partners Foundation
The Little Chapel
The Ann and George Lopez Foundation
Los Angeles Sephardic Home For the Aging
Los Angeles Tennis Club
The Kim and Harold Louis Family Foundation
Lusardi Foundation
Metabolic Studio
Taylor and Diane Miller Family Foundation
Mission Without Borders
Noreen Fraser Foundation
OnPoint Technologies, Inc.
George A. Pflaum Foundation
Project Concern International
Province of St. Augustine of California
Skechers Foundation
Sojourn Care Foundation
Temple Judea
365 Birthdays
United Church of God
Watts Health Foundation, Inc.
We Care For Kids, Inc.
The Kevin Wendle Foundation
The Yanks Air Museum

Publications & News


Art Law Blog Posts

• The Art of Making Donations, March 18, 2009

Corporate & Securities Law Blog Posts

• IRS Issues New Guidance to Private Foundations on Program Related Investments, May 14, 2012 (Also at Avenue of the Stars Office)


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Office Information

David C. Ulich

Forty-Third Floor, 333 South Hope Street
Los AngelesCA 90071-1448


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