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Diara M. Holmes

Co-Chair, Nonprofits & Tax-Exempt Organizations; Co-Chair, Loeb & Loeb's Attorneys of Color and Ethnic Diversity Affinity Group

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Overview

Diara M. Holmes serves as co-chair of the firm's Tax-Exempt Organizations Practice. She counsels tax-exempt organizations, including large public charities; colleges, universities and other higher education organizations; foreign charities and their U.S. affiliates; associations; government instrumentalities; social welfare organizations; and religious organizations on a broad range of tax compliance and governance issues.

She advises nonprofit and for-profit organizations on structuring a variety of transactions—including joint ventures, corporate sponsorships, merchandising, cause-related marketing, and other revenue generating strategies. In addition, she works with high net worth individuals and families to establish family foundations and donor-advised funds.

Diara has represented numerous organizations before the IRS—navigating complex audits involving an array of issues (e.g., executive compensation, unrelated business tax, and political campaign intervention); seeking private letter rulings regarding proposed transactions, requesting determination letters regarding public charity classification, applying for exempt status, and seeking reinstatement of exempt status following auto-revocation.

Diara is a frequent speaker at national professional conferences on exempt organizations issues and serves on the board of directors of both the Washington Area Women’s Foundation and N Street Village.
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Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
  • Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, M.P.P.
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., cum laude

Court Admissions

  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • California

Recognition

  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Tax Law by The Best Lawyers in America (2019)
  • Named in The Legal 500 US in Nonprofit and Tax Exempt Organizations, published by Legalease Limited and John Pritchard (2013, 2017-2018 editions)

Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association, Tax Section's Committee on Exempt Organizations
  • Member, Board of Directors, Washington Area Women's Foundation; Chair, Governance and Audit Committees