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Steven P. Benson
3190 Fairview Park Drive
Suite 800
Falls Church, VA 22042-4510
Phone: 703.280.3391
Fax: 703.259.6538

Mr. Benson has over 25 years of experience advising nonprofit organizations and associations on a wide variety of legal issues. His experience includes:

Nonprofit, Corporate & Board Issues

Corporate governance issues applicable to nonprofits, including governance policies requested by the Internal Revenue Service, amendments to articles and bylaws, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, watchdog compliance, restructuring, and best practices

Board and governance issues, such as board size, committee structure, recruitment, orientation, elections, self-evaluations and credentialing

Charitable solicitation and other fundraising activities

Tax Advice

Federal and state tax laws applicable to 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(6) organizations and their affiliates, including for profit subsidiaries and joint ventures

Unrelated business income tax issues

Applications for federal and state tax exemption

Tax consequences of employee compensation and fringe benefits

Employment Advice

Employment agreements, Executive compensation arrangements, Executive and staff evaluations, Compensation plans, Employment policies and handbooks, Noncompete agreements, Confidentiality agreements, Personnel files, Employee terminations and severance agreements

Working with management and boards to develop succession planning programs for management level staff, Interviewing prospective, current and former employees, Job descriptions, Leased employees and

Outsourced HR services


Intellectual property, copyright and trademark licensing

Contracts such as independent contractors, hotel and convention services, licenses, and grant agreements

Memberships & Activities

Member: District of Columbia Bar Association

Member: American Bar Association

Member: Board of Directors of the Northern Virginia Christian Academy

Member: Board of Directors of the National Maritime Heritage Foundation

Member: Board of Directors of the Everyman Society

Member: Board of Directors of the Potomac Heritage Partnership


  • George Washington University School of Law (J.D. 1981)
  • University of Massachusetts (B.A. 1978)