Mike Trister

Michael Trister, a respected authority on nonprofit tax law, counsels clients on tax, lobbying, ethics and campaign-finance matters. He has represented foundations, charities, advocacy organizations, trade associations and labor unions in state and federal court, and before a broad variety of regulatory bodies. Clients seek his expertise at guiding organizations through IRS audits and Federal Election Commission investigations, working to resolve the issues as favorably as possible.

An expert in legal ethics, Mr. Trister has chaired the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee and has counseled clients confronting a variety of ethical dilemmas. Additionally, his experience has made him a trusted resource for clients seeking to influence Congress and the Executive Branch within the thicket of new lobbying rules being instituted on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

He also serves as outside general counsel for organizations, advising executives on operations issues such as securing tax exemptions for new organizations, negotiating contracts, and resolving personnel matters.

Mr. Trister teaches The Law of Advocacy and Elections as an adjunct professor at American University, Washington College of Law.

Degrees & Universities

  • LL.B., Yale Law School 1966
  • A.B., Princeton University 1963 (magna cum laude)