Douglas N. Varley is a member of Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C. office. He became a member of the firm in February, 2000.
ServicesMr. Varley's practice focuses principally on advising exempt organizations, in particular, private foundations. He has guided the design of major grantmaking programs and participated in the development of national public educational campaigns targeted on a range of significant policy issues. In addition to helping a diverse array of nonprofit organizations comply with the rules governing lobbying and political activities, his areas of concentration also include such matters as international philanthropy, restrictions on executive compensation, transactions with for-profit organizations, and minimizing unrelated business income tax. Before embarking on his legal career, Mr. Varley administered grantmaking programs for college and university faculty at the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Professional ActivitiesMr. Varley has written numerous articles and other pieces on tax-exempt organizations topics. He also regularly lectures on matters relating to nonprofits at national meetings and conferences. Mr. Varley has served on the Board of Trustees of several national nonprofit organizations, including the National Audubon Society, the NRDC Action Fund, and Earthjustice. He is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center.
Awards & Honors
- Listed in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Non-Profit/Charities Law
- Ranked as a leading lawyer in Domestic Tax: East Coast in the 2011 edition of The Legal 500