Kellie L. Newton

Kellie L. Newton

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Ms. Newton is a highly accomplished and experienced corporate attorney with more than twenty years in private practice representing a variety of nonprofit and privately held companies. She has in-depth experience with complex commercial transactions, corporate governance, board presentations, litigation management, mergers, acquisitions and strategic alliances, regulatory compliance, real estate, investigations, team management, federal and state rulemaking proceedings and employment matters and serves as a trusted adviser to corporate boards and executive managers. Ms. Newton's clients are in a wide variety of industries including health care, agriculture, energy, construction, chemicals, insurance, government contracts, consulting, recycling, and high-end consumer goods. She has been recognized in the past by The Legal 500 and Chambers USA for her M&A work for middle-market clients.

Ms. Newton has significant experience with and serves as general counsel to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) tax-exempt entities including hospitals and healthcare systems, educational institutions, trade associations, public charities and foundations and other nonprofits such as social welfare organizations, unincorporated nonprofit associations and task forces. She has extensive experience in governance, corporate structuring and commercial transactional matters for nonprofit entities.

Ms. Newton's considerable experience as in-house counsel in two large corporations provided her with the unique opportunity to understand how the business and legal needs of clients intertwine. Those experiences make her particularly qualified to provide corporate advice to clients without in-house counsel and to provide legal services to clients with existing in-house staff in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Memberships & Activities

  • Dickinson College, Trustee, Vice Chair of Enrollment, Facilities, Advancement and Honorary Degree Committees
  • Montgomery County (Maryland) Humane Society, Inc., Board Member (2012- 2015)
  • Drafted documents, prepared board presentations and managed process to implement corporate governance restructuring to align nonprofit association of specialty product manufacturers with its mission
  • Managed team in representation of officers in acquisition of their employer (a large government contracts services firm), subsequent formation of subsidiaries and with foreign expansion
  • Provided strategic guidance and corporate governance advice to large university foundation for restructuring of its affiliated entities to align with the university’s priorities
  • Managed merger of multiple subsidiaries into parent of large hospital system in anticipation of combination with another hospital system
  • Represented national trade association of agricultural chemical manufacturers in the development of technical model used worldwide to evaluate risk of exposure to members’ products
  • Settled dispute resulting from early termination of commercial real estate lease and negotiation of new office facility with build-out
  • Led association of medical service providers in strategic venture funded by US CDC to provide life-saving medical services in Sub-Sahara Africa
  • Negotiated disassociation of affiliated public charity from publicly traded mass media company
  • Prepared comments in US Department of Treasury rulemaking proceeding in an effort to preserve tax status of highly regulated consumer goods
  • Represented service provider with investigation of sexual harassment charges against executive employee, termination of employee and settlement of claim of improper dismissal
  • Led development of software used to evaluate risk of exposure to clients’ products
  • Represented client in termination of defined benefit plan and successful resolution of IRS investigation following termination
  • Represented Asian company in proposed acquisition of agricultural chemical company in the US
  • Assisted one of the largest distributors of agricultural chemical products in North America with structure and implementation of a supply and distribution network in South America, including supervision of product registrations by outside counsel
  • Successfully settled tax and licensure audit of manufacturer and importer of luxury goods by State of New Hampshire

Presenter: "Board Conflicts of Interest", Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants’ Annual Government & Not-for-Profit Conference (April 24, 2020)

Co-Host: "Associations Creating Community Globally" Podcast, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Great Ideas Conference (March 1-2, 2020)


"Associations Creating Community" Podcasts

At last year’s ASAE Great Ideas Conference in Colorado, Whiteford teamed with podcast producer Human Factor to record a series of interviews on the topic of Associations Creating Community.  In all, we recorded conversations with a distinguished roster of 11 association professionals. We were especially honored to sit down with John Graham, then President and CEO of ASAE, who has since tragically passed away. Please join us in remembering John as he discusses a topic he valued so highly.

South Dakota v. Wayfair - Opening the Door for Imposition of State Sales' Tax on Interstate Sales

On June 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., upheld a South Dakota statute requiring out-of-state sellers of goods to collect and remit sales tax if they have significant business in South Dakota, thus rejecting the long-standing physical presence requirement that prohibited many states from collecting sales taxes on goods sold to residents of their states.  South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 201 L. Ed. 2d 403 (2018). Forty-one states, two U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia asked the Supreme Court to uphold the South Dakota statute, which suggests that several other states may enact similar statutes in the future or move to enforce existing ones.



Corporate Attorney Kellie L. Newton Joins Whiteford's Nonprofit Law Group

Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP announced today that Kellie L. Newton has joined the firm as a Partner in its Washington, D.C., office.  An accomplished corporate attorney, Ms. Newton has a sophisticated practice representing nonprofit organizations and privately held companies.  

“We are delighted to welcome Kellie to the firm,” said Managing Partner Martin Fletcher.  “Her reputation as general counsel and trusted business advisor to both nonprofits and private companies adds significantly to our growing presence in DC.”