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Matt Clausen



  • B.A. (Honours Philosophy), University of British Columbia, 1996
  • J.D., U.C. Davis School of Law, 2001
    Order of the Coif
  • LL.M. (Taxation), New York University School of Law, 2005
    Graduate Editor, Tax Law Review

Areas of Practice

Matt's practice focuses on federal and state tax law, corporate governance, and trust law matters that arise for tax-exempt organizations and their donors. He advises exempt organizations (including community foundations, donor-advised fund providers, private foundations, and supporting organizations), and the individual and corporate donors that support them.

Prior Experience

Before joining Adler & Colvin, Matt practiced at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco, Washington D.C., and London, focusing primarily on tax-exempt bonds and related financing structures, taxation of cross-border corporate transactions, and public-private partnerships. Prior to working at Orrick, Mr. Clausen was a litigator at Thelen, Reid & Priest in San Francisco.

Professional Affiliations

Mr. Clausen is a member of the American Bar Association (Exempt Organizations Committee of the Tax Law Section), the California State Bar Association (Co-Chair, Tax Exempt Organizations Committee - Taxation Section), and the Bar Association of San Francisco.


Speaking and Teaching

Matt has served as adjunct faculty in the Masters of Nonprofit Management program at the University of San Francisco, and has often lectured for nonprofit professionals and legal advisors on tax and corporate governance issues affecting exempt organizations and their donors.

Bar Admissions

Mr. Clausen is admitted to the bar in the state of California.

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Matt Clausen


Adler & Colvin
Russ Building, Suite 1220
235 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Phone: 415-421-7555

Fax: 415-421-0712

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