Durham, Michael W.

  Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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Mr. Durham is a member of the firm's Tax and Estate Planning section. He has advised some of the nation's largest private foundations, museums, hospitals, high-technology nonprofits, newly formed organizations and donors wishing to structure their gifts to maximize tax savings.

Mr. Durham has considerable experience in the rules governing private foundations, private operating foundations, supporting organizations and donor-advised funds, as well as tax-exempt bond issues and unrelated business activities of exempt organizations.

In addition, Mr. Durham has represented large charities before the IRS and audit, seeking initial recognition of exempt status, and in specific ruling requests. He has also represented clients before Treasury and Congress with regard to new or pending law and regulations.


Advising 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) organizations on running high-profile advocacy campaigns

Advised 527 organizations and PACs on federal tax issues

International grantmaking and taxation of cross-border donations under U.S. domestic law and under county-specific treaties

Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael W. McConnell, United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (2003-2004)


Yale Law School, J.D., 2002

  • Case Notes Editor, Yale Law Journal

Yale University, M.A., 2001

Brigham Young University, B.A., 1997, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Not currently licensed in Utah

Honors & Awards

The Legal 500, Leading Lawyer, 2012-2013


American Bar Association