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

Event

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Publication

California's Changing Approach to Housing Policy

Hardly a day goes by without news headlines reminding us that California is in the midst of a severe housing crisis. As with any crisis situation, questions abound. How did we get here? How...

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News

The State of Cannabis

Ryan Lowther, chair of Farella’s Cannabis Industry practice group, discusses how one of his main tasks for North Bay cannabis companies in regards to processing licenses are compliance hurdles. In the article, Ryan explained that...

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Publication

In the Weeds: Marijuana Legalization & Employment Laws

Over the last several years, attitudes towards marijuana use have rapidly changed in the United States. According to a 2018 Pew Research Survey, 62 percent of U.S. respondents said marijuana use should be legal...

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News

Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2020

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Event

Complex Civil Litigation Symposium

Doug Dexter is a member of the planning committee for the 2019 Complex Civil Litigation Symposium.

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Publication

How Napa County Seeks to Streamline the Winery Permit Process

Recently, local members of the wine industry in Napa County have been actively engaged with county government in discussions regarding ways to streamline the winery use permit process. Frustrated with the cost and lengthy...

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Publication

New California Crown Act Reminds Employers to Carefully Consider Workplace Dress and Grooming Policies

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed into law the nation’s first bill banning discrimination based on an employee’s hairstyle. Senate Bill 188, otherwise known as the Crown Act, expanded the definition of race under...

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News

Farella Represents Morphe Founders in Sale to General Atlantic

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Event

CalCPA: Wine Industry Conference

Lauren Gilbreth will present the session "Succession Planning" at the CalCPA - Wine Industry Conference. The ever dynamic wine industry is fraught with complicated tax, labor and accounting issues. Please join us as we...

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