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Douglas W. Charnas


1275 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 420
Washington, DC 20004

Douglas Charnas is a leading corporate and tax attorney with more than 30 years’ experience advising businesses on a variety of corporate and transactional issues, including taxation, formation and operations, service and lease agreements, international and domestic operations, and succession planning. Douglas’s clients run the gamut of industries including non-profit organizations, healthcare, telecommunications, professional services, pharmaceutical, and retail companies of all sizes.

Douglas has experience working at the Internal Revenue Service as acting assistant to the Chief Counsel, as the senior attorney advising the Legislation and Regulation Division, and as the lead IRS lawyer for the Windfall Profit Tax.

Douglas is the author of a tax prep guide published by Bloomberg BNA on responding to an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form SS-8 inquiry (involving whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor). Douglas is also the co-author and editor of a comprehensive handbook for tax-exempt organizations regarding public disclosure requirements, as well as a handbook for independent insurance agents regarding business structures and taxation.

In addition to his robust practice, Douglas is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center’s LL.M. Tax Program, where he teaches a course on S corporations and limited liability companies.


Douglas routinely represents businesses on a wide range of individual, corporate, and partnership issues, including corporate structure, formation, and governance. He has particular experience counseling business owners on reorganizations and complex succession matters, handling controversies involving state and federal investigations, and advising non-profit organizations on issues relating to tax, compensation, and governance.


Douglas offers counsel in a variety of formation and taxation matters for clients of all sizes nationwide, including highly sensitive issues involving the IRS, and complex matters with international implications.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Douglas has extensive experience advising corporate and business clients on acquisitions, including numerous asset and stock sales/acquisitions, as well as divestitures and mergers.


  • LL.M., Georgetown University Law Center, 1983
  • J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law, 1978
  • Ohio University, A.B., 1975, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Honors Tutorial College

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia, Ohio