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Ellis McGehee Carter

About Ellis Carter

About me

Ellis McGehee Carter exclusively represents, nonprofit, tax-exempt and mission based businesses with respect to corporate and tax matters. Ellis spent 13 years practicing with large firms, forming Carter Law Group in 2010. Specifically, Ellis provides advice and counsel with respect to:


  • qualification for tax exemption
  • conversions to and from tax-exempt status
  • mergers and restructuring
  • joint ventures and entrepreneurial activities
  • creation of supporting organizations
  • unrelated business income tax
  • advocacy
  • fund-raising
  • endowment management
  • governance
  • compensation matters
  • complex gifts and grants
  • mission related investments
  • intermediate sanctions
  • audit defense; and
  • gifts with tax shelter implications.


Ellis has particular experience working with health care/scientific research institutions, private foundations, private operating foundations, economic development entities, trade associations and educational institutions.



  • LL.M. in Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, 1998
  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 1996
  • Certificate in Chinese Law, East Shanghai University of Politics and Law, 1994
  • B.A., cum laude, Northeastern University, 1993



  • Champion of Diversity Award, Black Women Lawyer’s Association, 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America/U.S. News and World Reports, Top Tier Law Firm, Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2010-2013
  • Best Lawyers in America, Non-Profit/Charities Law, 2007-2013
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” (the highest rating available), by Martindale Hubbell
  • Phoenix Magazine, Top Lawyers, Nonprofit-Charities Law, 2007
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Non-Profit Advocate of the Year, 2002

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