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Having spent more than twenty-five years working in the field of
philanthropy and mission-driven business ventures, I continue to be fascinated
by the broad range of creative thinking that I come into contact with through
my work. The range of philanthropic enterprises and their continually evolving
approach to making the world a better place is a constant source of inspiration
for what I do.  

I spend part of my time consulting with the Boards of many
non-profits and foundations, attending more than fifty meetings each
year.  Outside of my professional capacity, I also sit on many Boards as a
director, in the United States, Canada and Western Europe.  It keeps my
perspective relevant and broadens my understanding of the issues charitable
organizations face.

Recently, I have spent more time researching and networking in the
area where the non-profit and for-profit worlds meet. A growing number of large
corporations are finding new ways to contribute their resources to socially
beneficial enterprises, and non-profits in turn are exploring corporate
alternatives that allow them to “do well, while doing good”.  It is an exciting time to be involved in the


Languages spoken: French, English

Practice areas


  1. Non-Profit Law: 30%
    30 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Constitutional: 20%
    30 years, 20 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Business: 15%
    30 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 13%
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Hourly ($150-425/hour)

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  • John Audley Grant Jr.

    Seth Perlman is a cut above his peers. He is a lawyers lawyer. I have worked with him in both a co-counsel sense as well as on the board of governance of one of his clients. His advice is sound and practical and his ethics and integrity above reproach. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone.


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Contact info

Perlman & Perlman

41 Madison Avenue, Suite 4000

New York, NY, 10010


NYCurrently registered 198503/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Nonprofit Lawyer of the YearAmerican Bar Association, Business Law Section2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior PartnerPerlman & Perlman LLP1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Network of Boutique Law FirmsMember2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Fundraising Regulation - State by State HandbookFull 2-volume treatise1990
UnknownNonprofit Handbook - FundraisingN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Houston Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Beloit CollegeN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AFP International ConferenceRegulation of charitable fundraising2010
Advising Nonprofits Organizations - 2010Nonprofit Law2010