Jennifer Gniady has built her practice around serving nonprofit organizations, particularly organizations in the charitable, religious, education, health, and art areas. Her approach to working with clients is to focus on solving current problems while providing forward-looking counsel that educates clients in ways to avoid future legal problems and minimize ongoing legal costs. Her clients value her clear legal analysis and ability to explain issues in plain language without losing sight of the many non-legal issues that go along with running a nonprofit organization. Her goal is to make life easier for her clients, whether that involves staying on top of the latest developments in exempt organization law or meeting with clients in their own offices at the most convenient times for them.
Solid Academic Credentials
Ms. Gniady graduated with honors from Fordham Law School, where she was Senior Articles Editor for the Fordham Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a Stein Scholar, in addition to participating in several other student organizations. She particularly enjoyed mentoring incoming law school students and working with students and law professors who were interested in publishing with the Law Review.
While in school, she worked in the housing litigation division of Brooklyn Legal Services and the appellate practice of the Legal Aid Society, as well as at the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. Following graduation, she was a judicial clerk at the D.C. Court of Appeals before entering private practice.
Deep Nonprofit Connections
Prior to law school, she worked for more than ten years in a combination of traditional publishing companies and new media start-ups. Her interest in serving the nonprofit sector grew out of several aspects of her work in publishing, such as her interactions with dance and performance companies while editing a dance magazine, her work with schools while publishing science education programs, and her experience with business colleagues becoming involved in philanthropy. During that time she was also active in the social justice work of her church parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which brought her into contact with many advocacy organizations throughout New York City.
At Home Between New Orleans and New York
Although a native of New Orleans and a long-time resident of New York City, Ms. Gniady now resides and practices in Alexandria, Virginia, in close proximity to a large portion of nonprofit organizations. Her husband develops websites for nonprofit and government agencies when he’s not working on his career as a fiction writer. They have three children and are active in various aspects of their community and church. Ms. Gniady also volunteers with the Junior Friends of the Campagna Center to support high-quality children’s programs in Alexandria, such as Head Start, after-school childcare and tutoring, and educational programs for immigrant and refugee families.