Daniel R. Alcott is the Founder & Managing Partner of Alcott Law Group, a full-service firm that advises clients on nonprofit issues as well as commercial real estate, commercial state and federal court litigation, intellectual property, employment law, entertainment law and corporate law. His firm has one of the foremost Church representation practices in the State of New York. From 1992-1994 Mr. Alcott was law clerk to the Honorable Howard Schwartzberg, United States Bankruptcy Judge. He began his career practicing at large firms, most recently Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy LLP, representing banks and other financial institutions in corporate bankruptcy. In 2000, he joined a small firm that represented charities and foundations and began to focus his practice on nonprofit corporations.
Mr. Alcott has extensive experience representing public charities, private foundations, trade associations, affordable housing organizations, “friends of” organizations, religious organizations, museums, commercial co-venturers, corporate sponsors, professional fundraisers and socially responsible profit seeking businesses dedicated to supporting charitable causes. His clients have included a wide variety of individuals and entities ranging from (i) large institutions including the March of Dimes, the Polo Ralph Lauren Foundation, the Entertainment Industry Foundation, The Dana Foundation, the International Center for Transitional Justice and The Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation, (ii) middle-market groups including the Alzheimer’s Association (Mid-Hudson Chapter), the National Down Syndrome Society, Keep A Child Alive (Alicia Keys’ organization), and Exploring the Arts (Tony Bennett’s foundation), to (iii) smaller and startup ventures, including charities formed for diverse purposes after 9/11 and natural disasters.
Daniel Alcott served on a New York State Bar Association special committee which drafted a complete revision to the New York Not-for-Profit Corporation Law. Many of the principles highlighted in that draft were ultimately adopted in the enacted New York Nonprofit Revitalization Act. Daniel has also served as a member of the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He currently serves on the Government Relations Committee of the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York and on the Board of The Education and Research Foundation of the Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan New York.
Mr. Alcott is a frequent lecturer in continuing legal education programs sponsored by the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the Westchester County Bar Association. He founded the Not-for-Profit Legal Institute, a forum for exchanging ideas among not-for-profit leaders and their counsel. He has published several articles on nonprofit law and governance, including: “Preventing and Responding to Fraud and Financial Mismanagement: Not for Profit-Safeguards”- Westchester County Bar Association Westchester Bar Journal (Page 71, Volume 38, No. 1- 2012).
Daniel Alcott received his B.A. in 1988 from the University of Michigan and his J.D. in 1992 from Boston University School of Law, where he was elected to serve on the American Journal of Law and Medicine. He is admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut.
Honors and Awards:
Super Lawyers: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Best Lawyers in America: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014