Michael Sanders is the lead partner of the Firm’s Washington, D.C., office tax group. He focuses his practice in the area of taxation, offering particular knowledge in matters affecting partnerships, limited liability companies, S-corporations, real estate, tax controversy, and estate planning, including trusts and estates. He also has a large practice in the area of exempt organizations involving healthcare and low-income housing, associations and joint ventures between for-profits and nonprofits, as well as structuring New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) and Historic Tax Credit (“HTC”) transactions. He regularly serves as an expert witness in complex litigation.
Mr. Sanders is the author of Joint Ventures Involving Tax-Exempt Organizations (4th Ed., 2013; 2016 Supplement) published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The book was recently cited by the majority opinion in the widely covered U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. He is also an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law Center and Georgetown University Law School teaching Income Taxation of Partnerships and Subchapter S Corporations and Tax Treatment of Charities and Other Non-Profit Organizations, and Joint Ventures Involving Tax Exempt Organizations (including healthcare, universities, LIHTC, new markets, HTC, and conservation organizations, respectively).
Mr. Sanders has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading tax attorney, with clients noting that he is “very hard-working and talented” and praising his “extensive relations within the industry and extensive knowledge on the rules and regulations.” In 2007, he was selected from a field of the nation's leading lawyers and judges as a finalist for the Lawdragon 500 based upon his current impact on the biggest issues and deals in the law.
Prior to Blank Rome, Mr. Sanders served as an attorney-adviser to the assistant secretary of tax policy at the Office of Tax Legislative Counsel and as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice (Attorney General’s Honors Program).
In 2016, Mr. Sanders was honored by The George Washington University Law School for his 40 years of teaching at the law school.
Community Service and Affiliations
Mr. Sanders serves as co-general counsel and a member of the Board of the Children’s Charities Foundation, which funds nonprofit organizations that support disadvantaged and at-risk children.
- Tax Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2007–2009, 2011, 2014–2015, “Top Tax Lawyer” in Washington, D.C., listed in Washingtonian
- 2006–2017, “Best Lawyer” in Washington, D.C., for Litigation and Controversy–Tax and Tax Law, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
- 2004, “Top Ten Lawyer" and "Top Tax Lawyer,” listed in Washington Business Journal
- 2014, “Outstanding Attorney Award” by the Nonprofit Organizations Committee of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section
- 2005, “Light of Jerusalem Award,” by the Israel Bonds Legal and Financial Division