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Patricia C. Sandison


As a member of the Firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations practice group, Trish focuses her practice on nonprofit law, advising charities and other nonprofit tax-exempt organizations, including private foundations, ‘friends of’ organizations, community foundations, and institutions of higher education, among others, in matters relating to NYS and IRS legal requirements and best practices for nonprofit governance and operational matters.  Trish regularly advises on issues involving charitable programming, fundraising, formation and dissolution of nonprofit organizations, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status, intermediate sanctions, donor-advised funds, board governance, joint ventures, mergers and restructuring, as well as general business matters.

Trish exclusively practices U.S. law and is admitted to practice in New York and Massachusetts.


Boston University, B.A., cum laude

University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., cum laude


  • New York
  • Massachusetts


At University at Buffalo School of Law, Trish was editor-in-chief of the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review.

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  • Co-Chair: University at Buffalo Law Alumni, Albany Chapter Steering Committee (2018 to present)
  • Member, Board of Directors: International Institute of Buffalo ( March, 2011 - February, 2016)
  • Co-Chair, Board of Directors: International Institute of Buffalo (2014 -2015)
  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors: International Institute of Buffalo (2013 - 2014)
  • Advisory Board Member: Buffalo Niagara 360 (2011-2014)
  • Member, Board of Directors: University at Buffalo School of Law, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) Group (2011 to 2014)
  • Alumni Mentor: University at Buffalo, New York City Program in Finance and Law (2007 - 2010)
  • Alumni Mentor: University at Buffalo School of Law, Mentor Program for Law Students


  • New York State Bar Association
  • Capital District Women's Bar Association
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