Jennifer A. Gniady

Co-Chair, Nonprofit & Religious Organizations

Jennifer A. Gniady


Jennifer Gniady helps nonprofit organizations of all sizes navigate complex legal issues while remaining true to their charitable missions. Her practice combines experience with both tax exemption issues and corporate matters. She works with clients to respond to existing threats and legal issues, while counseling practices to strengthen the organization in the long term. Her clients include charities, religious organizations, associations, schools and arts organizations. Her practice includes forming nonprofit organizations, advising on corporate governance and bylaws, analyzing lobbying and fundraising practices, responding to inquiries from IRS, state, and local charitable regulators and managing litigation.

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Bar Admissions
  • Virginia
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • J.D., cum laude, Fordham University School of Law
  • B.S., Syracuse University

  • TEGE Exempt Organizations Council
  • Taxation Community, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Law Practice Management Subcommittee, District of Columbia Bar Association


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Speaking Engagements

  • “Charity at Home: When Parishioners Are Also Employees,” National Association of Church Administrators Annual Conference
  • “Employees in Ministry: Making Sense of Administrative Rules and Judicial Cases in Practice,” Resource Center for Religious Institutes Annual Conference
  • “Lessons From a Pandemic: A Look at Governance and Administration,” Resource Center for Religious Institutes Annual Conference
  • “A Legal Perspective on Building a Culture That Is Sensitive, Aware and Anticipates,” Convocation: The Spirit of Collaboration
  • “The Ministerial Exception, Religious Exemptions and Employees in 2022,” National Association of Church Personnel Administrators
  • "Virtual Nonprofit Council," Chamber of Commerce of Southern New Jersey 
  • "Tax Planning: Reporting and Regulation for New Ventures, Collaborations, and Innovations," 2021 Resource Center for Religious Institutes National Conference
  • “Estate and Tax Planning Series: Planning with Philanthropy - How to Discuss Charitable Giving with Your Clients,” The District of Columbia Bar
  • “How to Avoid Conflicts of Interest in Not-for-Profit Organizations,” Lorman Education CLE
  • “New Governance Challenges and Opportunities,” Resource Center for Religious Institutes
  • “The CARES Act and the PPP: What Catholic Parishes Need to Know,” Ascension Press
  • “Conscience Protections in Healthcare: Current Legal Issues,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Health Law Institute
  • "Making an Impact: Philanthropy, Charitable Giving & Social Justice," Hedge Fund Association
  • "Boot Camp for Changing the World," Alexandria Small Business Development Center*
  • "Fair Play: Ensure Your Organization Runs Smoothly and Stays Legal," U.S. Soccer Foundation Symposium*
  • "Forming a Nonprofit is E-Z, or Is It? An Introduction to the New IRS 1023-EZ Form," Alexandria Small Business Development Center*
*Includes certain speaking engagements prior to joining Stradley Ronon
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  • Virginia Access to Justice Commission, Pro Bono Services Honor Roll
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In The Community

Jennifer is involved in the community as pro bono counsel to the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and teaches about nonprofit organizations to students spending semesters in D.C. from other universities through The Washington Center. She has served on the board of Living Legends of Alexandria and co-chaired the Alexandria Scottish Christmas Walk Weekend to raise funds for childcare and Head Start programs run by The Campagna Center. In addition, she volunteers on school parent associations, in her church parish and leads a Cub Scout den.
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