Kendis Key Muscheid


Kendis Key Muscheid is a Team Leader of 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

The Best Lawyers in America, non-profit/charities law, tax law, 2005-2022; "Lawyer of the Year," Non-Profit/Charities (Phoenix), 2014, 2017

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

Recipient, Heart of Justice Award from Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS), October 2018

AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Recipient, Arizona Foundation for Women's Marilyn R. Seymann Award, April 14, 2016

Southwest Super Lawyers, Tax, 2008-2010; Nonprofit, 2012-2013, 2017-2021

Speaking Engagements

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

"Charitable Endowments for Universities and Nonprofits," Ballard Spahr webinar, April 2019

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

Board Memberships & Community Service

Member, Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central & Northern Arizona, January 2020 - present. 

Former Member, Board of Directors, UMOM New Day Centers

Former Member, Board of Directors, Arizona Foundation for Women


"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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