Kendis Key Muscheid, one of the leading nonprofit tax lawyers in the Southwest, has joined Ballard Spahr as a partner in the Phoenix office, Chair Mark Stewart announced today. 

Ms. Muscheid focuses on the representation of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts, and on issues involving Arizona taxation. Her clients include a wide variety of 501(c)(3) and other tax-exempt organizations, such as private foundations, schools and research institutions, religious and social welfare organizations, trade associations, and groups dedicated to the arts.

"Kendis is an exceptional attorney, truly one of the best in Phoenix, whose strengths align with those of the firm,” Mr. Stewart said. “She brings to Ballard a well-developed tax-exempt foundation and organization practice, which will expand the level of service we can offer our health system, university, and foundation clients.”

Ms. Muscheid advises on the qualification for tax exemption, conversions to and from tax-exempt status, obtaining and maintaining favorable tax treatment, reporting and government filings, and the creation and operation of supporting organizations. She counsels on nonprofit governance, advocacy issues, unrelated business income tax matters, endowment management, tax-exempt bond financing, and issues involving charitable solicitations, mergers, and acquisitions.

“Kendis is one of the most highly regarded nonprofit attorneys in the area. Our clients—both nationwide and in the Southwest—will appreciate her experience as well as her creative, pragmatic approach,” said John G. Kerkorian, Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Phoenix office. “She is an asset to the Phoenix office and to the firm. We are thrilled to have her on the team.”

Ballard Spahr represents many of the nation’s leading health systems, universities, and charitable foundations and Ms. Muscheid will bring considerable depth to our national practice. She will be a member of Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department and its Tax, Exempt Organizations, Family Wealth Management, and Health Care Groups.

“Ballard Spahr has an established Phoenix office, a national platform, a diverse range of practices, and a national reputation,” said Ms. Muscheid. “I look forward to working alongside attorneys I have admired for many years and helping to further develop the firm’s national capabilities.”