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Yael Fuchs provides legal and strategic counsel to nonprofits and their leadership, offering practical solutions for corporate governance, risk management, regulatory compliance, internal dispute resolution, corporate transactions and charitable fundraising. Yael also conducts internal investigations for charities and boards, handling allegations of charitable asset misuse. In addition, she represents charities and their boards in litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty.

When advising her clients, Yael draws from her extensive experience of over a decade in the Enforcement Section of the Charities Bureau of the Office of the New York State Attorney General, where she served as the co-section chief and oversaw the bureau’s efforts to investigate and litigate violations of New York laws concerning not-for-profits. Yael led some of the state’s most high-profile actions involving the misuse of charitable assets. Additionally, Yael collaborated with individual charities and the broader nonprofit sector to enhance compliance and governance. She is a frequent speaker and trainer on state charities regulation and best practices in internal controls.


  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Editor, Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • Washington University, B.A., summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • Co-Chair, State & Local Regulation Subcommittee, Exempt Organizations Committee, American Bar Association
  • Member, Non-Profit Organizations Committee, New York City Bar Association
  • President, National Association of State Charities Officials (NASCO) (2019-2022)
  • Adjunct Professor, Cardozo School of Law (2015-2018)