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Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney

Michael Cooney

Vice Chair

Partner  |  Nixon Peabody, LLP  |  Washington, DC

Michael Cooney is a partner at the international law firm Nixon Peabody LLP and the head of its higher education and exempt organizations groups. He has spent more than three decades at the firm representing a range of colleges and universities, healthcare providers, foundations, cultural and religious Organizations.

Mr. Cooney provides the nonprofit corporate and tax-exempt context in which these organizations can drive mission and margin. Mike is proud to have served as the first non-business officer board member of the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. Mike serves as a senior fellow to the Association of Governing Board of Colleges and Universities, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 in the fields of Nonprofit/Charities Law and Tax Law. Mike has been listed in Best Lawyerssince 2007, and was named Best Lawyers® 2017 and 2019 Non-Profit/Charities Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Washington, DC.

Mike is a member and past speaker of the National Association of College and University Attorneys. He is a volunteer board member of the George Eastman Museum, Charity Navigator, and Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.

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