Biography

Alyssa Snyder’s practice focuses on advising exempt organizations on a broad range of tax-related issues, including entity formation and dissolution, tax planning, audits and compliance, and the use of New Markets Tax Credits. She also advises these clients on fiscal sponsorships, joint ventures, and operation and governance matters.

Alyssa assists high net worth individuals on philanthropic decision-making, including the formation of donor-advised funds, charitable remainder trusts, and private foundations. Often working in tandem with Farella’s estate planning team, Alyssa provides guidance to clients seeking to engage in a wide range of philanthropic undertakings. Sometimes this includes facilitating relationships with appropriate organizations, which Alyssa’s network of relationships, particularly in the Bay Area, can help support. By connecting prospective donors with resources, she can help them make informed choices, and arrive at solutions that helps them meet both their financial and philanthropic goals.

Alyssa is an advisor who is both a trained tax attorney and has deep personal experience with nonprofits. In addition to her work as an attorney, she spent several years at a leading public accounting firm, and has technical knowledge of nonprofit reporting requirements. She also has decades of personal experience working with nonprofits—she worked for several prior to attending law school, and knows instantly what it means to “wear many hats.” This combination of technical expertise and hands-on experience makes her an invaluable counselor and guide to clients who seek to tackle complex administrative and legal issues in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Co-Chair (former) of the Bay Area Young Tax Lawyers
  • Co-chair (former) of the Bar Association of San Francisco Barrister’s Club tax section
  • Adjunct faculty member at Golden Gate School of Law

Firm Highlights

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Monetizing University Patent Portfolios During the Economic Downturn

Colleges and universities may be leaving money on the table with under-utilized patent portfolios. The time is right, as the law has shifted in favor of patent owners, both in inter partes review litigation...

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Farella Braun + Martel: A Statement of Solidarity and Commitment to Equal Justice

At the heart of Farella Braun + Martel’s core values is an unwavering commitment to create a community where everyone is treated equitably and respectfully. We condemn in the strongest terms the recent tragic...

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Employment Law Updates for Nonprofits in the New Normal (Webinar)

Join Rebecca Stephens and Jaya Bajaj in the discussion on Employment Law Updates for Nonprofits in the New Normal. Nonprofit organizations are subject to both state and federal employment laws and regulations. The past few...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing disruption throughout the US that we have not seen in generations. Governmental entities, academia, and the private sector are working diligently to contain COVID-19 while it...

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A Paralegal Spotlight

Deborah Kelly will be speaking on ILTA's live webinar, "A Paralegal Spotlight" on July 9. Details: At the heart of trial preparation is the paralegal. Paralegals coordinate the behind-the-scenes logistics, organize the evidence, and...

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Community Reinvestment Groups Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Gutting Anti-Redlining Rules

Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, OCC’s Rushed Rule Lessens Accountability for Banks, Silences Communities Impacted by Systemic Lending Discrimination National Community Reinvestment Coalition, California Reinvestment Coalition Seek to Halt Unlawful Rule, Protect Vulnerable Communities Federal Reserve...

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Farella Names New White Collar Defense & Internal Corporate Investigations Practice Co-Chairs

SAN FRANCISCO, June 29, 2020: Northern California legal powerhouse Farella Braun + Martel announces that Senior Associates Aviva J. Gilbert and Janice W. Reicher have been appointed co-chairs of its White Collar Defense and...

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Engineering, Procurement and Construction Agreements for Utility-Scale Battery Projects

The negotiation of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for a battery energy storage systems (BESS) project typically surfaces many of the same contractual risk allocation issues that one encounters in the negotiation...

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7 Tips for Creating a COVID-19 Essential Business Travel Policy

As states are relaxing COVID-19-related restrictions, employers should remain cautious about business travel. California’s public health orders still limit travel to an “urgent matter” or that which is “essential to your permitted work.” Given...

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