Senior Counsel, Chehebar Deveney & Phillips
Neil McCarthy, senior counsel to Chehebar Deveney & Phillips, has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He has litigated cases in a broad range of substantive areas, including contract, securities, partnership, commercial, entertainment, telecommunications and constitutional law. As a former Assistant United States Attorney, he also had counseled criminal defense clients. In an age in which litigation has become the domain of paper-intensive pre-trial discovery, Mr. McCarthy is a trial lawyer who prides himself on his ability to advocate and win for his Clients. He is a 1982 graduate of Yale Law School, and a 1978 graduate of Dartmouth College.
Mr. McCarthy also has been a frequent commentator on public policy issues, including campaign finance reform, health care reform, and fiscal policy. He regularly writes a blog for the Huffington Post, and for six years served as a member and then as one of the vice-chairs of the New York State Democratic Committee. A former Democratic nominee for Congress, he has also over the last 30 years counseled candidates for President, the House and Senate, the state legislature, the office of Mayor of the City of New York, and other local offices in the greater metropolitan area.
President and CEO, Advertising for Humanity
Dan Pallotta is the founder and President of the Charity Defense Council. He created the multi-day charitable event industry. 182,000 ordinary heroes participated in the AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days that his company, Pallotta TeamWorks, created. They raised $582 million in nine years – more money raised more quickly for these causes than any events in history. The company was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study on social enterprise.
Dan is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. The Stanford Social Innovation Review wrote that it, “deserves to become the nonprofit sector’s new manifesto.” It ignited a national conversation that has been credited with changing the national conversation about charity. His iconic TED Talk based on the book has been viewed more than 2 million times. His newest book is Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World from Jossey-Bass. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. described it as “An Apollo program for American philanthropy and the nonprofit sector”.
Dan is the founder and Chief Humanity Officer of Advertising for Humanity, a full-service brand and inspiration agency for the humanitarian sector. He is a featured contributor to the Harvard Business Review online. He is a member of the board of Triangle, a center for the developmentally disabled in Massachusetts, and a member of the Reason Project Advisory Board. He is a recipient of the Liberty Hill Foundation Creative Vision award, the Triangle Humanitarian of the Year award, the Albany State University International Citizen of the Year award, and the Seven Fund’s Morality of Profit Essay Prize.
Senior Partner, Perlman & Perlman
Seth Perlman, senior partner at Perlman & Perlman, has been advising nonprofits, fundraising professionals and social enterprises for twenty-five years. He has litigated in several state and federal jurisdictions on issues relevant to the philanthropic community. In addition, he has worked with the Hungarian Government on the initial formation of its not-for-profit sector and has been invited by Congress and state governments to advise on legal and regulatory issues relevant to philanthropy.
Seth has served as a legal advisor to several nonprofit industry trade associations and a broad range of U.S. nonprofit boards. In addition he sits on the boards of several international philanthropic organizations in Canada, France, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Seth Perlman received the Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer Award from the American Bar Association in 2009 for distinguished service by an attorney practicing nonprofit law.