Company: Silk Nonprofit Law
Location: Stinson Beach, California, United States
Thomas Silk, Lawyer at Silk Nonprofit Law, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in nonprofit law.
Very much involved in current affairs and politics in college, Mr. Silk has found law to be the perfect career. His first position was as an appellate attorney in the tax division of the United States Department of Justice, followed by special assistant to the assistant attorney general in the tax division of the United States Department of Justice. He then became an associate at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, and the founding chairman of Silk, Adler & Colvin. In 2008, Mr. Silk opened Silk Nonprofit Law, where he remains to this day. His professional designations include a JD and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley.
Notably, as the Cold War wound down in the late 1980s, Mr. Silk was among several nonprofit law specialists from the United States and Canada selected as delegates to international conferences aimed at educating officials in former Communist countries about the nonprofit sector in the West. Their goal was to garner support for the adoption of a favorable nonprofit legal framework in those countries for non-governmental public benefit organizations. Mr. Silk was also selected to give a three-day seminar on comparative nonprofit law to government officials in Hanoi, Vietnam, through the Ford Foundation, and to serve as the co-director of a three-year comparative study of nonprofit legal systems in ten Asia Pacific countries. Over the years, he has lectured on comparative nonprofit law to government officials and NGO activists abroad in Bangkok, Beijing, Bratislava, Bucharest, Budapest, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Melbourne, Moscow, Oaxaca, Prague, St. Petersburg, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. He also published his experiences and knowledge in a variety of articles and books, most recently “Good Governance Practices for 501(c)(3) Organizations: Should the IRS Become Further Involved?” in the Journal of Taxation.
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