Kendis Key Muscheid


Kendis Key Muscheid co-leads Ballard Spahr's Exempt Organizations Team. She is one of the leading nonprofit tax attorneys in the Southwest, and she focuses her practice on the representation of nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, charitable trusts, and donors making charitable gifts.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

Member, Tax Law Section and Committee on Exempt Organizations, American Bar Association

Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Nonprofit Category

Recognition & Accomplishments

Phoenix Magazine, 'Top Lawyer' - Nonprofits/Charities Law and Tax Law, 2022

The Best Lawyers in America, non-profit/charities law, tax law, 2005-2023; "Lawyer of the Year," Non-Profit/Charities (Phoenix), 2014, 2017

Recognized in AzBusiness Leaders magazine under Non-profit, 2019-2021

Speaking Engagements

Kendis is a frequent speaker on issues related to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Recent engagements include:

"Creation and Management of Endowments – The Legal Side," Eide Bailly, April 26, 2022

"Philanthropy after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA)," East Valley Estate Planning Council, January 20, 2021

"Private Foundation Requirements and Restrictions," Lorman Education Services, March 2017 

Board Memberships & Community Service

The ACTEC Foundation: Fellow, 2010 - present; Board of Directors member, March 2023 - current 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central & Northern Arizona: Board of Directors member, 2020 - current; Governance Committee, 2020 - current

UMOM New Day Centers: Former member of Board of Directors 

Arizona Foundation for Women: Former member of Board of Directors


"Consider Making a Restricted Gift to Charity? What You Should Know Before Writing the Check," AZ Lifestyle Magazine, March 2015

"What Type of Charitable Bank is Right For You?" AZ Lifestyle Magazine, August 2014

Co-author, "Nevada’s New Charitable Contribution Solicitation Law Tightens Up Process," Business Voice, February 2014

"Charitable Banks, A Brief Comparison of Private Foundations, Supporting Organizations and Donor Advised Funds," Wealth Management and Estate Planning Guide of the Arizona Attorney, August 2011



Loyola University Chicago School of Law (LL.M., Health Law, 2017)

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1991)
Order of the Coif

Texas Tech University (B.B.A. 1986)





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