Amanda Reed is an Associate in Caplin & Drysdale's Exempt Organizations, Political Law, and Corporate Law practice groups.


Ms. Reed represents private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations on a range of tax, formation and operational issues, including:

  • advising on domestic and international grantmaking and programmatic initiatives, including associated tax and regulatory compliance;
  • counseling on IRS rules for advocacy, lobbying, and political campaign activities;
  • guiding organizations through a variety of transactions including program and mission-related investments, joint ventures, mergers, dissolutions, intellectual property licensing, and loans;
  • assisting nonprofits with board governance structures and best practices; and
  • helping organizations establish and maintain tax-exempt status.


Ms. Reed rejoined Caplin & Drysdale in 2022 after working as in-house counsel to one of the nation’s largest and most prominent private foundations. While in-house, she provided legal advice on grantmaking and other large programmatic initiatives, program and mission-related investments, intellectual property matters, tax, finance, communications, and policy advocacy. Ms. Reed previously worked as an associate in the firm’s Exempt Organizations and Corporate practice groups. 

Ms. Reed has also practiced tax at an international law firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, she founded the Community Lawyering Clinic pro bono practice group, which partners with community legal services organizations to staff legal clinics representing senior citizens and low-income Philadelphians.

During her time in law school, Ms. Reed served as a legal intern for the Sheller Center for Social Justice, representing low-wage workers in wage theft cases against employers. She was also a Staff Editor of the Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, Member of the Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society and Executive Board Member of the Black Law Students Association.

Admissions & Education

Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania

J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2015, cum laude, Beasley Scholar, Temple Political and Civil Rights Law Review, Rubin Public Interest Law Honor Society

B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2010, cum laude, Omicron Delta Kappa, Helen Faison Scholar


Recognitions & Noteworthy

Honors & Recognitions

Philadelphia Bar Association, Large Firm Management Committee Public Service Award, 2017
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, Publico Award and Pro Bono Roll of Honor, 2017

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Professional Activities

Member, Board of Directors, New Voices for Reproductive Justice

Member, Caplin & Drysdale’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee  

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