Jefferson C. Glassie: Lawyer with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P.

Jefferson C. Glassie

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Nonprofit Organizations and Associations
  • Entity Formations
  • Governance/Fiduciary Duties
  • Joint Ventures and Subsidiaries
  • Labor and Employment Matters
  • Membership Programs
  • Nonprofit Corporate Services
  • Tax-Exempt Status Recognition
  • Unrelated Business Income Analysis
  • International Practice
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolGeorge Washington University School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1985
Admitted1985, Maryland; 1986, District of Columbia


Mr. Glassie represents associations and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of legal matters, including antitrust, tax, certification, accreditation, contracts, employment, merger, intellectual property and corporate issues. Mr. Glassie has concentrated in the field of nonprofit membership organizations for over 30 years.

Nonprofit Organizations and Associations

•Provides a broad range of legal advice to nonprofit and tax exempt organizations, and to trade, professional, and membership associations

Entity Formations

•Handle and advise on formation of many nonprofit nonstock tax exempt corporations, as well as limited liability companies, for-profit stock corporations; including providing advice on Articles of Incorporation, organizational matters, obtaining Employer Identification Numbers, organizational resolutions, and tax exemption applications, as well as state registration, doing business as/fictitious name applications, corporate registrations

Governance/Fiduciary Duties

•Counsels on Board of Directors, Executive Committee, governance matters, including Bylaws, policies such as conflicts of interest, as well as officer and director nominations, elections, removals, and ethical and fiduciary duty matters

Joint Ventures and Subsidiaries

•Advises on establishing and maintaining joint ventures such as for trade shows and publications, as well as partnerships, limited liability companies, and both nonprofit and for-profit subsidiaries, affiliates, foundations, and other related organizations

Labor and Employment Matters

•Provides advice on nonprofit organization and association employment matters, such as CEO employment agreements, employee hiring and termination, discrimination, Americans with Disabilities Act, and excess benefits safe harbor compensation issues

Membership Programs

•Counsels on legal aspects of all manner of association and nonprofit organization membership programs, including trade shows and conferences, scholarly journals, newsletters, e-publishing, affinity programs, educational programs, examination preparation courses, certification, accreditation, and certificate programs

Nonprofit Corporate Services

•Provides advice on services to members and the public offered by nonprofit organizations, including antitrust, contract, intellectual property, and tort liability

Tax-Exempt Status Recognition

•Advises on tax exemption issues, including applications, charitable contributions and grants, chapter and affiliate issues under group exemptions, including federal and state tax exemption

Unrelated Business Income Analysis

•Counsels on UBIT issues, including advertising, corporate sponsorships, affinity programs, royalty and licensing agreements, non-dues revenue issues

International Practice

•Advises on wide range of nonprofit and association international issues, including opening offices in other countries, export controls, embargoes administered by Office of Foreign Assets Control, certification, copyrights, trademarks, affiliation agreements, taxation, etc.

General Information

•ASAE Fellow: American Society of Association Executives, 2014

•Member: American Bar Association

•Member: Maryland Bar Association

•President: Jefferson Islands Club, 2009 to date

•Recipient: Counsel Services Award, The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation, 2007

•Recipient: International Section Excellence Award, ASAE, 1987

•Former Chair: Legal Section Council, ASAE and the Annual Legal Symposium

•Former Chairman: Greater Washington Society of Association Executives, Law and Legislative Committee

•Panelist: Is Your Association Doing All It Can to Protect Its Intellectual Property (IP) in the Electronic Age, ASAE Law Symposium, September 16, 2011, Washington DC

•Panelist: Finding Your Pot of Gold: How to Identify New Revenue Sources, Institute for Credentialing Excellence, 2011 Annual Educational Conference (New Orleans)

•Author:Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook, 2nd Edition, American Society of Associations Executives, 2004

•Author:International Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations, American Society of Association Executives, 1999


Annual Association Law Symposium - WTP sponsor October 30, 2014 - 7:30am - 5:00pm

Association Trends Finance Breakfast - WTP sponsor April 22, 2014 - 8:30am - 11:00am

Legal Issues in Credentialing - WTP speaker December 5, 2013 - 9:00am - 12:00pm


The Federal Trade Commission Takes Aim at Professional Regulatory Boards

Recent Antitrust Enforcement Actions

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Press Releases

ASAE Foundation, Green Seal, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Launching New Office Greening Program

Jefferson Glassie Chosen for ASAE's 2014 Class of Fellows

61 Whiteford, Taylor & Preston Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Nine Named as Lawyers of the Year


Intellectual Property and Social Media for Associations


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Copyrights are Critical for Associations
Jefferson C. Glassie, December 27, 2013
Books, publications, websites, white papers, conference proceedings, magazines and newsletters constitute some of the most valuable property that associations have. These materials may be protected by the copyright laws, and it’s critical that associations maximize such protection. It’s...

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Jefferson C. Glassie

1025 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20036-5405


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