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Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC combines personalized client service with decades of specialized legal expertise.  We are proud to advise and represent a broad range of clients, from national nonprofits, unions, small businesses and political services providers to local grassroots organizations, family foundations, and individuals.

We feel privileged to put our legal knowledge and experience to work for causes and projects that we care about.  We believe in our clients and their work; that simple principle drives our law practice. 

Our clients rely on us because they know they will get top-notch legal services at a reasonable price.   As a small firm specializing in social justice and intellectual creativity, we eliminate wasteful overhead to keep your resources focused on your mission and legal needs. 


Learn about our firm’s history here.

Our lawyers have:

  • Secured tax exemptions for hundreds of nonprofits.
  • Represented organizations under investigation by the Internal Revenue Service, the Federal Election Commission, the Justice Department and other federal and state agencies.
  • Argued one of the most important campaign-finance cases, McConnell v. FEC, before the U.S. Supreme Court.  
  • Litigated cases in federal and state courts in every region of the nation.
  • Obtained favorable advisory opinions from the Federal Election Commission.
  • Participated in major federal and state campaign finance rulemakings through testimony and written submissions.
  • Helped organizations navigate campaign finance, lobbying, corporate or voter registration laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Advised organizations and individuals regarding the Foreign Agents Registration Act and government ethics laws.
  • Served in positions at the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. House and Senate, state government, political campaigns and nonprofit organizations.
  • Advised Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning authors and journalists regarding contract negotiations, copyright issues and other aspects of the publishing process.
  • Represented some of the nation’s most prominent documentary filmmakers regarding their business interests and intellectual property rights.
  • Reviewed thousands of publishing contracts and lectured nationally as an expert on legal issues regarding digital publishing and emerging media.

Because most of the firm’s practitioners have worked directly for nonprofit organizations as lawyers, managers, officers and in other positions, we understand and value the qualities that make nonprofits unique institutions.  Our backgrounds give us strategic insights to help clients achieve their legal and policy goals. 


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